March 2, 2022
The Buffalo Buffalo Public School District Board of Education unanimously accepted Superintendent Kriner Cash's resignation Wednesday evening after meeting in executive session for approximately three hours. Dr. Tonja Williams, Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services, was appointed interim superintendent.
Cash's resignation brings to an end three weeks of scrutiny and controversy brought on by a student being stabbed multiple times and a security guard being shot on February 9, 2022 at McKinley H.S., following several years of violence at the school. For years the Buffalo Teachers Federation warned Cash that former acting McKinley Principal Marck Abraham was the root cause of the schools downward spiral since he (Abraham) replaced longtime principal Crystal Barton. (click here). Cash repeatedly ignored the McKinley Teachers and the BTF's pleas that Abraham was incompetent and intellectually incapable of running the school. On 2/17/22 the Buffalo Teachers Federation issued a "vote of no confidence" against Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash (click here). The teachers union also called for a safety and security committee in each Buffalo school. The union also asked for an investigation of the district by the state and federal officials.
As a result of the attention given to McKinley in recent weeks, Abraham's actions have also come under scrutiny. Teachers have come forward highlighting his mismanagement of the school and have also exposed the fact that he padded his own stats by outright changing teachers grades and pressuring teachers to change grades. (click here) It is widely expected that Abraham will be the subject of an exhaustive investigation by the Buffalo Public School District, The New York State Education Department, and possibly an additional criminal investigation for grade fraud. Abraham could face revocation of his NYS school district administrator license along with a multitude of other legal issues connected with his acts of subterfuge while serving as acting Principal of McKinley High School.
Cash served as superintendent since 2015, when he was appointed as the seventh superintendent or interim superintendent in Buffalo in four years. The video from the BOE meeting can be seen by accessing the following link. Fast forward to the 3:11:25 point to see the BOE take action. (click here)
Note: Marck Abraham is no longer employed by Buffalo Schools, but he is "PENDING", as he is currently traveling around the country peddling himself as a motivational speaker and "turnaround strategist" to school districts. (click here) We are dedicated to seeing that Abraham is brought to justice and his ruse comes to an end. Therefore his status is, "PENDING."