Valparaiso School Board holds public hearing on Berta’s compensation

2013-07-11T19:26:00Z 2013-07-12T10:05:06Z Valparaiso School Board holds public hearing on Berta’s compensationHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 11, 2013 7:26 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso School Board heard from the public Thursday before discussing Michael Berta’s interim superintendent compensation package for his second year.

Prior to the public hearing, Mark Maassel and Jim Jorgensen were sworn in by School Board Attorney Dave Hollenbeck for their four-year terms on the board.

The board then elected Maassel as president, Jorgensen as vice president and Karl Cender as secretary, the same as last term.

“I think we have some huge challenges this year, and we begin with a public hearing on one important item, the compensation of the superintendent, and we are now prepared as a board to talk about that,” Maassel said.

Berta’s compensation package includes an annual salary of $158,000, plus benefits, a $10,000 contribution to his retirement account and an automobile expense reimbursement valued at $3,600.

That information has been published in public notices and publicly displayed on the School Board’s website, pursuant to state law.

“This is the first state statute that requires it to be posted on the website, so we are catching up with technology,” Hollenbeck said.

Berta, who took the interim superintendent post one year ago, agreed in December to fulfill the role for a second year.

Two members of the public spoke in favor of Berta’s performance. No one spoke in opposition to the proposal.

The contract will be formally voted on during the next regularly scheduled meeting.

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