Schools finance director headed to Williamsburg-James City County Schools

ISLE OF WIGHT — The finance director for Isle of Wight County Schools has taken a job with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and will leave Isle of Wight as the budget process for next year is getting under way.

The school system announced budget and finance director Christina Berta’s move on Tuesday and said it would start the search for a replacement in the coming days. Berta will replace WJCCS chief financial officer Terry Stone, who resigned in September to take a position with Henrico County Public Schools.

Berta will start with WJCCS on Jan. 5 but will continue to provide guidance for Isle of Wight through the coming budget process, according to the county’s news release.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me,” Berta said in the release. “This was a difficult decision as I have truly enjoyed working with my wonderful colleagues, but this new position is also an amazing opportunity to advance my career.”

Berta is likely to see a pretty hefty pay bump as a result of the move — she was set to earn a salary of $101,500 in Isle of Wight this year. At WJCCS, Stone earned $137,204 in fiscal year 2014.

Berta joined Isle of Wight County Schools’ finance department in May 2011. She was promoted to the top finance spot after previous director Phillip Bradshaw abruptly quit in March 2013. He later told the Daily Press he had resigned because of family health issues.

Superintendent Katrise Perera called Berta’s move a loss for the school system’s leadership team. Three principals and four high-level administrators have left in the last year and a half.

Perera has interviewed for superintendent positions in Florida and Louisiana.

Murphy can be reached by phone at 757-247-4760. Virginia Gazette reporter Christine Sampson contributed to this report.


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