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It’s not uncommon for people nearing retirement to ponder when exactly to step down. Carol Gregorich, the New Haven school district’s chief business officer, thought this school year might be her last.
Then Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state fiscal emergency. Should the gov’s proposal to slash K-12 funding fly, New Haven would have to cut up to $755,084 from its budget this school year and at least $7 million next year. We’re talking the possibility of an earlier-than-expected elementary school closure, layoffs, increased class sizes and myriad other unpopular actions.
So rather than make vacation plans, Gregorich is burning the midnight oil looking for areas of the budget to cut.
“I know it’s time I start spending time with my family,” Gregorich, 61, said. “(But) I feel I have a moral responsibility to stay with this crisis until we get a plan in place … and are able to move forward.”
“We’re going to play with the grandchildren another day,” she said.
Was that a hint she may stay past the summer?
Gregorich’s contract doesn’t expire until December, but she had been toying with the idea of stepping down in July, after the board adopts its 2008-09 budget.
However, she told me that if the board decides to place a bond measure on the November ballot, she would stick around for the campaigning. And even if there is no bond, she may stay awhile to help her successor transition into the role, she said.
So it’s unclear when Gregorich will call it quits, but one thing is certain: she will not be renewing her contract after December.