Bertucci named Ishpeming’s interim superintendent

Ishpeming Public Schools has a new interim superintendent.

Monday at its meeting, the Ishpeming Board of Education elected Anthony Bertucci to the position.

The board was hoping Dan Paul would be able to stay as interim superintendent until a new one was hired, but he resigned due to health issues.

Bertucci–currently the district’s business manager–was unanimously elected to the position.

“I appreciate the confidence that the board has in me,” Bertucci said.  “I had a great teacher, Dr. Pearson–I worked with for several years, so we worked closely together and I think that prepared me for this role as good as anything.”

Bertucci will receive a pay increase of $200 per day.

The meeting also addressed the current search for a permanent superintendent.  The deadline to apply ended Monday, and as of Monday the board only received five applications.

But, Bertucci said the small number of applicants isn’t need for concern.

“With the time that we are currently searching for superintendent, it is a bit early for some superintendents to make that decision (to apply)–they’re currently employed,” Bertucci said.  “So that’s (five) a number we anticipated for, hoping for a little bit more.”

After recommendation from Michigan Association of School Boards consultant Sheri Davie, the board extended the application deadline to February 12.