Clovis Unified Superintendent retires suddenly

FRESNO, Calif.

The announcement Friday night came after a special meeting with school board leaders.

Dr. David Cash's retirement from Clovis Unified was made official in a closed door meeting Friday night.

The agenda for Friday night's special meeting only lists one vague item, a matter involving a public employee. Now parents and students across the district are in shock that their superintendent is gone.

Dr. Cash had been the superintendent of Clovis schools for nearly two years. He started working there in July 2009.

It's not yet clear what led to his sudden retirement. The district spokesperson says it is a personnel matter, but wouldn't provide any additional details.

Action News spoke with Larry Powell, the Superintendent of Fresno County Schools, he says is surprised by Dr. Cash's retirement and believes he was performing well in his duties.

Powell thinks the decision to leave might be for personal reasons, but he has yet to talk to Dr. Cash himself.

"I really don't think it's business related, I think it's probably more personal. He loves his family, he has a young kid and I know he has a kid in college. I know he's had a couple of close friends that have had some tragedies in their lives recently, So there may be some of those kinds of things that I believe are effecting him."

A statement released to Action News Friday night from the Clovis School District shed little light on Dr. Cash's departure.

It reads, in part, "May 6, at a special board meeting, the Governing Board acknowledged the retirement of Superintendent David Cash from Clovis Unified School District."

District staff members were notified of D.r Cash's retirement by a voice message sent out shortly after the meeting.

The search for an interim superintendent and ultimately Dr. Cash's replacement will begin on Tuesday.

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