Clovis Unified superintendent Cash to retire

Clovis Unified School District Superintendent David Cash retired abruptly Friday after two years with the district.

Cash, 55, informed the district's board during a special meeting Friday afternoon. The only agenda item: "closed session for public employee discipline/dismissal/release/suspension."

It was the second special meeting of the week. Wednesday, there was one agenda item in closed session: "employee performance evaluation."

But details were still murky Friday night. For example, it's unclear when Cash will leave the district.

In an email to The Bee late Friday, Cash said: "I am proud of the great work that was accomplished by students and staff these past two years. Deciding to retire was not an easy decision to make but the best one for me and my family.

"The biggest reason is that 3 close friends have passed away in the last 8 months. I want to spend this time with my family, and fortunately I can."

Board President Ginny Hovsepian called a special board meeting for Tuesday to discuss the appointment of an interim superintendent, district spokeswoman Kelly Avants said. She added that Cash will help in the transition to a new superintendent and consult with the district as needed.

Board members either could not be reached or declined to comment.

After Friday's meeting, the board informed the district's leadership team of Cash's retirement. Employees were informed through an automated voice message starting shortly before 8 p.m. Parents received the calls beginning about 9 p.m.

Cash's retirement was news to Fresno County schools Superintendent Larry Powell.

"I love working with him," Powell said Friday night. "He's honest, tells it like it is and is very supportive of the county.

"He understood the Clovis model and brought his own ideas to the table. I'm very pleased with the direction he's taken the district."

Cash was hired by Clovis Unified in July 2009 after a five-month search. He succeeded Terry Bradley, who retired after a 33-year career with Clovis Unified. Before coming to Clovis, Cash was superintendent for the Claremont Unified School District in Los Angeles County for three years.

Earlier in his career, Cash was a lawyer and became interested in teaching as a constitutional law instructor.

The Long Beach native began his teaching career in Irvine and also taught in Santa Barbara, including two years in special education. He also has been a superintendent in Buellton, north of Santa Barbara, and a high school principal in Santa Barbara.

His experience includes serving as a coach in football, track and cross country, as well as academic decathlon and mock trial.

Cash is married. His wife, Heather, is a former elementary school teacher. They have a son and daughter.