Palo Alto Unified Chief Business Official Cathy Mak plans to retire in October after 25 years in the district.
Interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks announced the retirement at the start of Tuesday's school board meeting.
Mak, 61, told the Weekly that the decision to retire was "just natural." She plans to stay through October to finish the 2017-18 budget cycle, she said.
Mak has come under fire in the last two years for her handling of two major budget errors — a misestimate of property tax revenue in 2016 that created a multimillion dollar shortfall with which the board is still grappling and a contractual error last year that cost the district $4.4 million in unbudgeted raises.
Board of Education members declined to comment on whether Mak's retirement is connected to concerns about her performance, particularly on those two issues.
Board President Ken Dauber said he cannot comment on personnel matters but "appreciate(s) her long years of service to the district."
Mak was hired in 1993 as the district's manager of fiscal services. She worked in that role until 2007, when she was promoted to her current position.
The district plans to hired a replacement for Mak by the start of the next school year so she can support the transition before leaving in October, according to board Vice President Jennifer DiBrienza.