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OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY HONORS RETIRING PROVO SUPERINTENDENT

An open house in honor of Provo School Superintendent James G. Bergera will be held Tuesday, June 5, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 280 W. 940 North.

Bergera is retiring after 33 years as a professional educator in the Provo School District. Bergera worked as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, director of special education, director of elementary education and assistant superintendent for instruction prior to assuming the position of district superintendent in 1985.Bergera received his bachelor and master of science degrees from Brigham Young University and his doctorate from the University of Colorado. He is married to the former Ella Ruth Turner. They have five children and three grandchildren.

Under Bergera's leadership, the Provo district was selected as one of 16 districts in the nation to participate on the National Governors' "Time For Results" committee. At those committee meetings, he addressed both former President Ronald Reagan and President Bush on major education issues.

He received the outstanding service to Utah education award in May 1989, and this year he was selected by his peers as the most outstanding superintendent in the state. He went on to compete for national honors as the National Superintendent of the Year, becoming one of the four finalists.