SUGAR GROVE – The superintendent of the Berne Union Local School District has stepped down from his position.
In a news release, the Berne Union Board of Education accepted Richard Spindler’s resignation during their Jan. 14 meeting.
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Berne Union,” Spindler wrote in his letter to the board. “I truly enjoyed working with you, the staff, and the community, and I wish all of you much success in the future. Thank you for your consideration.”
The Board of Education voted to also approve Spindler’s request to use his accumulated vacation days before the resignation officially takes effect March 31.
Berne Union High School Principal Jon Parker has taken over superintendent duties effective Jan. 15.
Spindler had served as Berne Union’s superintendent since 2013. He was also their superintendent from 2008 to 2011 before moving to the Zane Trace Local School district to serve in the same capacity for two years.
Spindler’s current contract was just approved last August and was set to expire July 31, 2024. During Spindler’s previous contract, the school board increased his salary from $96,000 in 2013 to $99,000 the following year.
From 2016 to 2018, board members approved salary increases each year for Spindler from $104,009 in 2016, to $107,650 in 2017, and again in 2018 to his most recent salary of $118,415.
On Dec. 17, school board members met in executive session during a special meeting to “consider the employment and discipline of a public employee or official”.
When asked about whether Spindler was the subject of the special December meeting, Treasurer Kirk Grandy said he was not able to comment.
According to Spindler’s personnel file, no disciplinary action had been taken against him by the district during his tenure.