Talk of budget cuts prompts WCS administrator to leave post

WARRENSBURG - Talk circulating among Warrensburg School Board members of deep looming budget cuts has taken its toll this week, as a top school official announced she will be resigning soon due to the financial uncertainties and has accepted a similar position elsewhere.

Carol Preston, director of pupil-personnel services, submitted her letter of resignation to the school board Monday night. She cited the stress and uncertainties about remaining in a school administration threatened with cutbacks.

"I'm sad to go, I think I was really making a difference," she said, citing concerns over job security at Warrensburg Central School. Preston is one of the top five administrators in the school district. Her annual salary is $78,198.

In her post, she has coordinated plans for students with special needs assuring that educational plans met approval of parents, school district officials and state regulations.

As of Jan. 20, Preston is taking a similar position with the Greater Amsterdam School District.

Preston received hugs after Monday's meeting from a school board member and parents.

Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson said Preston had a good rapport with parents, students and administrators as she conducted her work, but added that her sudden departure leaves the school under pressure to find a replacement.

"Carol Preston will be missed, particularly because her extensive efforts with parents and teachers," Lawson said. "She always stuck to her work and accomplished a lot for the Warrensburg School District - It's a shame to see her go."

Lawson said Preston mainstreamed children, bringing a number of children, who were formerly bussed to remote BOCES programs, back into Warrensburg classrooms - improving their educational experiences while saving the taxpayers money.

Preston worked for the Warrensburg School District for nearly two years, having formerly served as chair for the Committee for Special Education for Shenendehowa Central School District.

Preston's sudden departure presents a problem to the district, Lawson said.

"This mid-year resignation puts us in a spot," he said. "We have meetings scheduled to address student needs."

Lawson said a search for an interim replacement will begin this week.

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