BUFFALO, NY - Dr. Kriner Cash appears to have won over many members of the Buffalo School Board. He's the latest candidate to interview for the Superintendent of Buffalo Schools.
Dr. Cash was highly recommended by the new State Education Commissioner. Seven of the nine Board Members attended the Tuesday morning meeting which was an executive session.
Dr. Cash left the meeting without addressing the media at the request of the Board. However, he did tell reporters outside of City Hall that he is "uniquely qualified" for the job. Board President James Sampson says he will be accessible to the media if he gets the job.
When 2 On Your Side asked if Dr. Cash is the "cream of the crop, the number one," Sampson said "at this point, yes."
Cash spent more than four years as superintendent of the Memphis School district, which has over 100,000 students. He has also served as chief of accountability and system-wide performance for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. "He knows there's good work to be done here, he said that he can see himself as an agent of change," said Acting Superintendent Darren Brown.
Cash lost his bid to remain Superintendent in Memphis when there was consolidation. While he has critics, Board Member Larry Quinn said "my rule of thumb is when you see somebody that takes action, decisive action you're going to find critics, it's simply not possible to make the changes he made in Memphis and not have disgruntled people. Let's face it when we have to redo this district there's going to be a lot crying about their perogatives taken away."
The Superintendent candidate is expected to meet with parent groups this week and participate in a public forum for the community next week.
The Buffalo School Board has interviewed five candidates so far for superintendent.