Pawhuska BOE picks superintendent

Robert Smith |

The Pawhuska Board of Education voted 4-0 Friday morning to choose David Cash, a former Chickasha school superintendent, to fill the top administrative post for Pawhuska Public Schools. The choice is subject to employment terms being settled upon.

Cash has a background in the field of personalized learning. He was not present when the board made its decision.

Pawhuska board members did not say what specific issues they questioned Cash about during the interview process this week, but said his answers satisfied them.

“Please know that the board exercised considerable effort to question Mr. Cash on all issues,” Pawhuska board member Mike Tolson said, adding that Cash provided open, thorough and clear answers. “We felt strongly about the decision we made.”

Tolson said Board President Justin Sellers had been absent Friday morning because of illness, but had participated actively in the board’s process of evaluating candidates, and that Sellers had communicated via text message that he stood behind what board members had talked about in an executive session Thursday, following interviews of superintendent candidates.

Pawhuska board members said Friday they were very appreciative of the work of teachers and other school district stakeholders in the selection process. The board also expressed an interest in creating an assistant superintendent position, and in establishing a collaborative school governance approach.

See the Pawhuska Journal-Capital’s July 25 edition for additional details about the superintendent selection.