WARRENSBURG - The financial executive of the Warrensburg Central School District has resigned to take a similar position at Hudson Falls Central School District.
Kevin Polunci, business manager at Warrensburg Central for the past three years, said Monday he was leaving his post as of June 30.
"My tenure in Warrensburg was an excellent experience and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the faculty and staff," he said. "But taking on the position in Hudson Falls is an advancement, obviously, to my career."
Hudson Falls has about 2,400 students enrolled and an operating budget of about $39.5 million, contrasted to about 850 students and an operating budget of $19.3 million at Warrensburg Central.
Polunci's annually salary will be $98,000 at Hudson Falls, a boost from his $89,000 at Warrensburg. Just last year, his salary had been hiked at Warrensburg Central from $74,000.
Polunci said his major accomplishment during his tenure at Warrensburg Central was establishing new procedures and policies in the district according to state law.
When he arrived in the District, it had been cited by the state Comptroller's office in a 2005 official audit with 11 discrepancies, and correcting those shortcomings was a main undertaking of his for months.
Polunci tightened cash-handling controls and increased record-keeping practices, district officials said. He also separated various duties to prevent potential problems, and realigned budgetary accounting so fewer financial emergencies would arise after the budget was drafted.
Polunci, 33 years old, also dealt with delivering education in Warrensburg with tightened resources. This past year, he and the school board teamed up to cut the 2009-10 budget by $181,905 for the upcoming year, or a 0.94 percent decrease. The result was a resounding budget approval by a vote of 607 to 173 among District voters, a margin unmatched in recent history.
Prior to his stint in Warrensburg, Polunci was a state aid planning specialist for a large BOCES district in the Capital Region. Before that, he was a business administrator intern at Stillwater Central, a role he took on at the age of 24.
Warrensburg school district officials said this experience served Polunci well.
"In setting up additional finance and cash controls, Kevin has brought our school district into a new era," Warrensburg Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson said Tuesday. "He'll be sorely missed, and very difficult to replace."
Monday the school board appointed an interim business manager and officially began a search for Polunci's permanent replacement. Applications for the post will be accepted through June, and the board members expect to appoint a new financial chief in July, Lawson said.
Polunci said Monday he was going to keep his home in Warrensburg, remaining a resident of the town.
"I really love the community up here," he said.