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April 16, 2008 > Chief business officer to retire

Chief business officer to retire

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Carol Gregorich, whose work as Chief Business Officer has enabled the New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) to minimize the financial impact of declining enrollment and state budget reductions, while at the same time maximizing resources for teaching and learning, has announced her retirement.

"Like most people in her position, Carol understands the business of education. Unlike some, though, she also understands education," Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said. "She's always worked with the knowledge that the stakes are extremely high."

Gregorich has worked in New Haven since 1993. Her last day will be June 30.

Board of Education President Kevin Harper, a certified public accountant, said Gregorich has "created a comfort level about the district's finances with all parties over the last several years." He cited her "hard work and unwavering dedication" as well as her "knowledge and experience."

During the past 10 years, New Haven's enrollment has dropped by more than 1,000 students, a common phenomenon in the Bay Area, as families with school-age children leave in search of affordable housing. The corresponding decline in state funding was compounded this year when Governor Schwarzenegger proposed a drastic reduction in the education budget, forcing New Haven to plan for a $7 million drop in revenue.

"Carol's expertise and dedication has ensured that our district has remained fiscally responsible and solvent during a continuing period of difficult and tumultuous times for public education," said Derek McNamara, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services. "Under her watch, every budget received an unqualified approval and met every audit test.

"In addition, her creativity and ingenuity has been instrumental in enabling our District to always maximize existing resources and seek out new resources to provide the very best possible instructional program for all our students. New Haven has been extremely fortunate to have had her skill and leadership for the last 15 years."

The search for a replacement already is under way, McNamara said.

"We have already begun an aggressive process to seek out candidates to fill the large shoes that Carol leaves behind."

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