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Kriner Cash resigns as Buffalo Public Schools superintendent

Posted at 8:11 PM, Mar 02, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has resigned from his position effective immediately.

Cash's resignation was approved by the Buffalo Board of Education after an executive session at the meeting Wednesday night.

Dr. Tonja Williams has been appointed the interim BPS superintendent.

The special meeting was called as the Board of Education looks into the underlying cause of last month’s violent attack at McKinley High School. Following the attack, Cash received a vote of no confidence from the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

During Wednesday night's meeting, the board also unanimously voted in favor of hiring an independent investigator to examine the facts and circumstances around the February 9th incident at McKinley and will come back to them with recommendations.

Cash’s contract had been set to end in the summer of 2023.

Cash signed on as superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools in 2015. He is the first superintendent to serve longer than two years since James Williams resigned in 2011.

Dr. Williams has most recently served as Associate Superintendent for the Buffalo Public Schools.

“I’m honored and so very excited to be offered an opportunity to serve as the Interim Superintendent. My professional journey from being a Building Principal to an Executive District Level Administrator has come full circle. I am ready to serve and work with the dedicated Buffalo School Board Members, staff, faculty, parents, students, and all of the community stakeholders in the city to elevate the accomplishments and vision for school safety at every campus and educational excellence for every single student, in this district” stated Dr. Williams.