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Parent leader weighs in on Cash resignation

Kriner Cash
Tom Dinki
Kriner Cash, superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, advocates for electric school buses at the First Student lot on Walden Avenue in Buffalo Oct. 15, 2021.

Fallout from the resignation of Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash continues.

Cash’s abrupt departure as Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Wednesday may come as a surprise to many, but some picked up on the warning signs earlier.

We The Parents Co-chair Sam Radford said an accumulation of problems, from violence at McKinley High School and a recent vote of no confidence from the Buffalo Teachers Federation and other issues, led to Cash’s resignation.

“Most recently I think it's been a transportation issue when you have a Superintendent-- you don’t have a plan to get children picked up in the morning,” he said. “You have hundreds of children standing at the bus stop waiting in those cold Buffalo winters and you didn't you didn't prepare for that this summer?”

Cash’s leadership started to wane in Radford’s eyes.

A bust shot of Sam Radford, wearing a light blue suit, shirt and bow tie, in front of a blue, white and orange striped background.
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“He started to not be as responsive to the concerns of what was going on in the community,” he said.

In new interim Superintendent Tonja Williams, Radford sees someone who went through Buffalo Public Schools as a child and is best equipped for addressing community needs, something Cash and some of his predecessors weren’t able to do.

“We've seen especially with Dr. Cash and Dr. [Pamela] Brown,” Radford said. “These last two superintendents that we bring people in from out of town and they may have good management experience but they don't know buffalo they don't know Buffalo culture that became very, very clear with Dr. Cash.”

Radford is adamant the next superintendent hire, be it Williams or someone else, also be from the region.

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