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Clovis Unified superintendent to leave July 31

Outgoing superintendent David Cash notified Clovis Unified School District in writing Monday that his last day of work will be July 31.

Cash will be paid his pro-rated $232,000 annual salary to serve as a consultant during the district's transition to a new leader.

Cash had worked two years of a four-year contract. He announced his retirement Friday before the trustees met to discuss his evaluation.

By filing the retirement application and reaching agreement with district trustees, his paycheck will stop after July 31 and no additional compensation or lump sum will be owed to him, said Kelly Avants, the district's spokeswoman.

Trustees will meet at noon today to consider naming an interim superintendent.

Cash was not present during a four-hour meeting Wednesday to evaluate his job performance, board president Ginny Hovsepian said.

"We had excellent discussion ... there was enough agreement for me to call a special meeting on Friday," she said.

She would not discuss details of Cash's evaluation.

But the board served Cash with notice on Thursday that they would schedule the Friday meeting to discuss a range of options for Cash's future, including discipline, suspension, dismissal or release.

But before the meeting started, Cash said, he called the district's lawyer to say he was retiring.

Cash, 55, said he was asked by the district's lawyer not to attend Friday's meeting but to be available by telephone. He would not discuss details of the evaluation.

But Cash said that, contrary to some news reports, issues at Buchanan High School involving the wrestling team and students who were caught drinking alcohol on a chartered bus after the prom two weeks ago had nothing to do with his decision to retire.

The board voted 7-0 Friday to accept Cash's decision to retire, said Hovsepian.

The same board members voted 7-0 to make Cash the superintendent in 2009.

Cash said he plans to move with his family later this year to the coast, where they own a home. He said he may return to teaching or do some consulting.

Since word of his retirement began filtering out Friday night, he said, "I have received lots of supportive messages."