Hiren Desai, senior Fayette schools financial official, to resign

Fayette County Public Schools central offices at 701 East Main Street, Lexington.
Fayette County Public Schools central offices at 701 East Main Street, Lexington.

Hiren Desai, the former associate state education commissioner hired 11 months ago to oversee Fayette County Schools’ finance and budget systems, said Tuesday he is resigning for “personal, family-related issues.”

Desai confirmed that he gave his notice Monday. He is resigning effective at the end of October.

Desai, who assumed the senior director of administrative services position in January, oversaw the district’s financial services, budget and staffing, and human resources departments.

“The strategies he has implemented have moved us in the right direction,” Superintendent Manny Caulk said Tuesday.

Before Desai’s hiring, district officials had spent months trying to address problems in financial and budget systems that were pointed out in a 2014 state audit. Caulk became superintendent in August 2015.

“The district is in good financial health and efforts are underway and will continue after my departure, to transform (Fayette County Public Schools) into a world-class district,” Desai said in an email Tuesday.

Prior to coming to Fayette County, Desai had been the state education department’s associate commissioner for the Office of Administration and Support since 2009. Desai has also held legal and management positions in the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Governor’s Office for Technology and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

He told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday he had not decided on another job.