Moffat County School District superintendent tells board this year will be his last

In other action

The Moffat County School Board approved first readings of district-wide policies pertaining to:

• Gifted and talented education

• Student code of conduct

• Bullying prevention and education

• Weapons in school

• Student expression rights

• Alcohol or drug use

• Student use of electronic devices

— Moffat County School Board members voted Thursday to extend Superintendent Pete Bergmann's employment contract an additional year.

The extension will be his last, Bergmann said.

Bergmann decided to accept a one-year, $125,000 extension of his contract.

His current contract, which was a shorter-than-standard, 260-day contract, would have ended in June. The contract extension commits Bergmann to a full 260-day contract.

The superintendent made his decision after School Board officials asked him if he wanted to stay with the school district another year.

Initially, Bergmann planned to retire. But recent developments, including a voter-approved $29.5 million district-wide capital construction project, changed his mind.

"The district needs some stability," he said, "someone who knows the community of Craig, since they supported this project.

"There's a lot on the plate right now," he added. "I feel a certain obligation to the Board and the community : to make sure that there's stability throughout the next year."

Still, retirement remains on his horizon.

"I am planning on this being my last year," he said.

Bergmann estimates that the majority of campus upgrades, including the construction of a new middle school, will be completed by his contract's expiration in June 2009.

Andrea Camp, School Board vice president, said she thought the School Board made the right choice in extending Bergmann's contract.

"I believe with (Bergmann's) experience, it will be beneficial for the school district to have (him) another year, especially with the construction project" of a new middle school and district-wide upgrades, she said. "I think we've been happy with (Bergmann) and the job he's done."

Bergmann made his decision after Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan announced his retirement last month.

"We both thought we shouldn't be leaving at the same time," Bergmann said, adding that he and Sheridan had discussed their retirement plans together before either of them announced their intentions.

Sheridan is scheduled to carry out his duties until his contract's expiration June 30. In the interim, Bergmann hopes to find Sheridan's replacement.

Bergmann intends to begin screening for applicants in mid-February and hopes to have a new assistant superintendent selected by the School Board's Feb. 28 meeting.

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