Berta stays another year with Valpo schools

2013-07-23T20:46:00Z 2013-07-23T21:17:06Z Berta stays another year with Valpo schoolsSUSAN EMERY Times Correspondent
July 23, 2013 8:46 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Michael Berta will lead the Valparaiso School Corp. for at least the next year.

The School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved Berta's contract as superintendent for 2013-14.

Berta, who retired in June 2012 as superintendent of Portage Township Schools, agreed to serve as interim superintendent at Valparaiso later that year.

His compensation package with Valparaiso includes an annual salary of $155,000, plus benefits, a $10,000 contribution to his retirement account and an automobile expense reimbursement valued at $3,600.

Earlier at the meeting, Berta presented a financial report for June 2013 on behalf of Sharon Qualkenbush, chief financial officer for Valparaiso schools, who was unable to attend.

Berta said the property tax received by the schools in June was about $46,000 less than anticipated.

To cover expenses in the pension debt service fund, he requested a temporary transfer from the rainy day fund, which the board approved.

The money likely will be transferred back to the rainy day fund by Dec. 31, Berta said.

“In December, on the second tax draw, we should recoup those dollars,” he said.

The board also approved a recommendation by Bill Moran, director of technology, to pursue a loan for interactive whiteboards.

Moran said he is applying for $128,420, which is in line with the corporation's enrollment figures.

While more money is needed to complete the project, the amount of the loan could increase if fewer school districts apply for it, Berta said.

In other personnel business, the board approved hiring Debra Misecko as the new principal of Memorial Elementary School. Misecko is the former principal of Liberty Elementary School in Hobart.

The board voted to retain attorney David Hollenbeck as its legal counsel, and appointed Qualkenbush as treasurer and purchasing agent for the schools.

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