Taxpayers upset over Dr. Cash's severance - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Taxpayers upset over Dr. Cash's severance

(WMC-TV) - Superintendent Kriner Cash is ringing up a big pay day, but not everyone in the community is happy about it.

After announcing his resignation Thursday night, he received thousands of dollars in severance pay and moving expenses. The resignation of Dr. Cash was met without objection at a Unified School Board meeting.

But taxpayers are objecting to the amount of money Dr. Cash will receive long after he is gone. They want to know why he will keep getting paid after he resigned.

"I've lost a lot of jobs and no one has ever gave me funding to find a new job or find a new home," said Jarquas Wiseman-Kizer.

After his contract expires in July, Dr. Cash will continue to receive half his annual salary, which is about $136,000. In addition to that, he will receive $17,000 in moving expenses.

Dozens of Action News 5's Facebook friends responded to the news with a hostile tone.

"Why pay Cash...when he quit?" said one comment.

Some members of the Unified School Board are grateful Dr. Cash understood the next six months of planning for a unified district may run more smoothly without him.

School board member David Pickler says it will avoid the politics of two different staffs, city and county, reporting to two different leaders.

Pickler says he does not underestimate what Dr. Cash's buyout will cost taxpayers, but he compares it to the billion dollars worth of decisions that need to be made by one leader before next August.

Shelby County School Superintendent John Aitken will serve as the leader of the district but he will eventually have to compete for the job if he wants to keep it.

The school board is using a search firm to look for other interested candidates.

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