Carol Berg, a longtime administrator in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, died Wednesday, according to her family members.
Berg, of Newport Beach, began her career in the district in 1969 as a science teacher at the former Davis Middle School. She later served as principal at the now-closed Corona del Mar Elementary School, then became director of certificated personnel and assistant superintendent.
She was made deputy superintendent in 1989, and held the job when the district was rocked in 1992 by a $4-million embezzlement scandal. Following the resignation of Superintendent John W. Nicoll, Berg became acting superintendent and ran the district on a day-to-day basis until Mac Bernd was hired in the summer as superintendent.
Berg was instrumental in the creation of two language assessment centers, which assist families that do not speak English but need to get children registered for classes. She was also influential in staff development, parent education and in getting added instruction for some students during summer or Christmas vacations.
"Everyone I’ve spoken with who knew her said she was amazing, strong and had a incredible vitality and zest for life," said Laura Boss, district spokeswoman.
She resigned as the second-highest-ranking administrator in Newport-Mesa to accept a job in Sacramento with School Services of California, a private consulting firm. Berg also served as deputy superintendent in administrative services for the Anaheim Union High School District.
The cause of Berg's death was not disclosed.