Champion stated they appreciate Berardi and all he has done. A lot of public comment was given on Berardi for principal at Downieville. Bill Copren stated when Berardi was initially the principal of Downieville School years ago, he was the best Copren ever worked with. He integrated the school into where we lived.
Melissa Kinnear appreciated everything Berardi has done. As a parent, she stated Downieville was in need of structure and leadership. She said Berardi represented them to the highest level, adding he’s a major foundation and they need him as principal.
Parent and former school board member Tom Mooers was excited to have Berardi as principal, stating he has a demonstrated commitment to this school and town.
Paul Guffin stated Berardi put children and teaching staff in safety during the pandemic. He wants that kind of person to be the principal at the school.
Another public comment stated it was their kids’ and communities’ gain by having Berardi step down as District Superintendent and be their principal. Tipton stated the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation for Downieville School summary stated the need to have leadership. She made the motion to hire Berardi as the teaching principal in Downieville which passed unanimously.
The Board accepted the resignation of Berardi as District Superintendent effective June 30th.
The Board authorized to fill the District Superintendent position 1.0 FTE
The Board approved hiring a search firm and have an adhoc committee to research. Board member Christina Potter and Champion will be on this committee.
The District pays the District Superintendent $134,170 including car allowance of $4,500 per year and excluding employer paid benefits.
It pays County Superintendent $25,000 excluding employer paid benefits.
The District stated it’s uncertain where James will start as administrator, but he may qualify to start at $120,883.