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Buffalo School Board extends superintendent's contract 22 months

Eileen Buckley

Buffalo School Board members spent more than five hours in executive session Tuesday evening, talking about extending the contract of Superintendent Kriner Cash. They then rushed out and unanimously approved a renewal.

The renewal is for 22 months, rather than the three years that had originally been agreed to. That's 22 months tacked onto the 10 months left in his current agreement, which means it runs out June 30, 2023.

Cash is slated to receive $311,000 in salary this school year.

A group of prominent Black leaders wanted a series of conditions put onto an extension, including better remote learning, getting kids back into the buildings, more access of Black students to City Honors and more contracts with minority- and women-owned businesses.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.
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