District hires new number cruncher

In the two weeks between June 15 and July 1, Paul McNeill will have to make the transition between professional sailor to civilian number cruncher. McNeill was hired during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Central Kitsap School District to take over as executive director for business and operations. Gary Powell will leave the post when he retires from the district on July 1.

McNeill has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington. When asked at the board meeting who he roots for during the Apple Cup, he joked that it depended on who was winning.

McNeill is retiring from the Navy with 27 years as a commissioned officer under his belt. He currently is the comptroller and deputy business manager for Navy Region Northwest, which makes him responsible for four Navy bases in the region.

McNeill also has experience working with Congress and legislative folks, according to district spokesperson Laurie Cizon.

“This experience will be invaluable given the fact that the district has a military-connected population of over 50 percent and also has the heavy impact federal funds that accompany that population,” Superintendent Greg Lynch said in a prepared statement. “Paul’s extensive experience in money management and in leading complex organizations in a dynamic and

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