N. Union selects Berninghaus

ARMSTRONG – After nearly two hours in closed session Monday, the North Union School Board voted to offer a contract to interim Superintendent Matt Berninghaus.

Berninghaus has been at Armstrong-Ringsted since 2012, and was appointed as interim superintendent for North Union once the reorganization of Armstrong-Ringsted and Sentral was approved last year.

During the closed session segment, requested by Berninghaus and Sentral Superintendent Art Pixler, both men gave presentations to the school board, followed by a question-and-answer session.

While the board did not discuss its choice once the meeting opened to the public again, the appointment of Berninghaus passed 3-2, with Jim Boyer, Jen Von Bank and George Walker (all originally from Armstrong-Ringsted) voting yes, and Ron Decken and Corey Culbertson (from Sentral) voting no.

Berninghaus stated shortly after the vote that he would like to address administrative restructuring at the next meeting, but said details are still to be determined.

In other business, the school board:

o Reviewed the “J-Term” projects at the North Union High School. J-Term, or January term, is a project allowing students and teachers to work and learn outside the regular curriculum.

Assistant Principal Robert Zotz shared a survey taken by students and staff following J-Term that showed not only was it enjoyed by most students and staff, there was also an increase in attendance – to 96 percent during the session.

There was only one office referral and zero reports of technology misuse.

“It speaks volumes of the teachers, who have a ton of extra work with the J-Term, but they want to see it done again,” Berninghaus said.