Timothée A. Pivarnik

LARWILL – Timothy A. Pivarnik was introduced as Whitko’s next superintendent at a special meeting on Tuesday.

Following the approval of a contract of $ 155,500, which includes a base salary of $ 125,000, a contribution to the 403 (b) plan, a contribution to a teachers’ pension fund, insurance contributions health and life insurance as well as an annual car and fuel allowance, school board members Lynne Studebaker, Annette Arnold, Bill Patrick, Georgia Tenney and Scott Werstler presented Pivarnik.

“I would like to thank the board of directors for your confidence in me and the community for your confidence in me,” said Pivarnik. “My goal is to develop this trust and confidence as I work for you as a Superintendent.

“For the watching community and those here, I don’t take this responsibility lightly. I enjoy education, I appreciate families and I appreciate students. I will be working hand in hand with this board, the staff and this community to ensure that we give our students the opportunity for a top notch education.

He introduced his “best friend and biggest supporter,” his wife, Tammy.

Pivarnik holds an Education Specialist Diploma from Indiana Wesleyan University and an MA and BA in Secondary Education from Indiana University NW.

He is an associate faculty member at Indiana University NW, Gary; and owner of Exterior Designers, Valparaiso. He was Deputy Superintendent of the Diocese of Gary, Merrillville, from 2017 to 2020; president of the American School – principal in Lansing, Ill. from 2015 to 2017; Gary Middle College principal, Gary, from 2012 to 2015; Gary, principal of Calumet high school, from 2009 to 2012; assistant principal at Griffith Junior Senior High School, Griffith, from 2006-2008; and professor of economics and government at Portage high school, Portage, from 1998 to 2006.

The Superintendent’s contract is in effect from July 1 to June 30, 2024. Pivarnik, however, plans to start his new job earlier than July 1 and will be in central office for a transition week, working with Acting Superintendent Steve Darnell from 14 to June 18.