The Provo Board of Education will renew Superintendent Jim Bergera's contract for another two years despite his connections with Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center.
Board members, however, added a clause to Bergera's contract giving them power to cancel it at anytime without penalty if the board's interests are best served by taking such action. The clause in Bergera's previous contract permitting outside consultant work was removed in the modified agreement at Tuesday's board meeting.Four of the five board members voted to renew Bergera's contract. David Weight abstained, because "I've not been persuaded that the conflict-of-interest issue has been ruled out."
He said two groups - the legislative auditor general and Timp Mental Health Authority Board attorneys - still are reviewing the problems at the center and the state audit is yet to be completed.
He recommended the board appoint Bergera for a three-month period. But the the district's attorney, Mark Robinson, said the board is mandated by law to appoint a superintendent for a two-year period, at the first board meeting in June of every even-numbered year.