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May 20, 2014

Cash accepts Chickasha job

LOCUST GROVE, OK — Former Locust Grove Superintendent David Cash was named superintendent of Chickasha Public Schools Friday.

Cash told The Times Thursday after a school board meeting he had yet to accept any other jobs after tendering his resignation at the meeting.

However, a notice posted on the Chickasha Public Schools website before the meeting Thursday invited the community to a meet-and-greet reception for “our next superintendent” Friday. That notice had been pulled as of Monday morning.

Cash’s resignation from Locust Grove is effective June 30.

Cash was the superintendent at Locust Grove for over 10 years. He presided over many new building projects and was a driving force behind the school district’s free lunch program, which will become effective for all Locust Grove students next year.

However, Cash leaves amid turmoil surrounding the school board’s abrupt dismissals or resignations of four former coaches in the district: head cheerleading coach Amy Brown, wrestling coaches Johnny and Tony Cook and head boys basketball coach Ronnie Maple.

All four were informed by Cash April 15 that their contracts would not be renewed by the school board. Many in the community viewed the dismissals as arbitrary or unjustified, given the board’s inability to provide reasons for the dismissals.

Maple said at a private meeting April 28 he was released from his coaching duties due to classroom issues. Johnny Cook said at a school board meeting May 12 he was let go for violating a “no-cursing” rule.

Regarding Tony Cook and Amy Brown, no reasons have been given by either coach or by the Locust Grove School Board for their dismissals.

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