Northampton Area School District

THE MORNING AFTER

A Capsule of the Board of Education's Deliberations and Actions

(This is unofficial recap subject to revision.)

Regular Board Meeting of June 16, 2003

Darrell Crook recognized the World Champion Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team members, coaches, and judges.  Kurt Paccio recognized students who participated in the Pennsylvania Computer Fair.  Mr. Collins gave the Policy Committee and CIU20 reports, Mrs. Ritter gave the Legislative Committee report, Mrs. Leibenguth gave the Technology Committee report, Mr. Nick Politi gave the NCC report, Ms. Wolfel gave the BAVTS report, and Mr. Fritz reported on the ongoing support staff contract negotiations. 

The Board approved the following:

÷   Tax levy for the 2003-04 school year:

Act 511 Local Tax Enabling Act:                              Section 670 Pennsylvania School Code:

     Per Capita Tax               $ 5.00                                   Per Capita Tax           $ 5.00

     Occupation Tax              300 mills                            Real Estate Tax         33.00 mills

     Real Estate Transfer Tax  0.5%

     Earned Income Tax           0.5%

÷      Adoption of the 2003-04 Northampton Area School District General Fund Budget in accordance with Section 687 of the Pennsylvania School Code.  The total expenditures are $56,885,709 with revenues of $56,673,709 required to fund the budget.

÷      Contract with Laidlaw Transit Company as the districtĺs transportation contractor for 2003/04 through 2007/08 at the following rates: 2003/04 - 1.50%; 2004/05 -         2.50%; 2005/06 - 2.50%; 2006/07 - CPI (2.95% - 4.85%); and 2007/08 - CPI (2.95% - 4.85%).

 ÷   Lunch prices for the 2003-04 school year as follows:

        Elementary     Secondary

Student                               $ 1.50               $ 1.65

Premium                              $ 2.75               $ 3.00

Student EntrÚe Only         $ 1.20               $ 1.30  

Fruit or Vegetable             $ 0.50               $ 0.50

Adult                                  $ 3.00

Adult EntrÚe Only            $ 1.75

Student Milk (1/2 pint)     $ 0.40

These prices reflect a $0.00 increase over 2002-2003.

÷      Real Estate Tax Exonerations.

÷      Insurance policies for the 2003-2004 school year: Workerĺs Compensation - HRH (PSBA) - $104,505; Property, Liability & Auto - HRH (PSBA) - $104,440; School Board Legal - HRH (PSBA) - $43,979; Umbrella - HRH (PSBA) - $20,604; and Student Accident - HRH (Peopleĺs Life) - $9,000.

÷      Bills For Payment.

÷      Treasurerĺs Report.

÷      Tax Exonerations.

÷      2002/2003 Budget Transfers.

÷      Depositories for school funds for the 2003-04 fiscal year: First Union Bank, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT), Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund (PSDLAF), Pennsylvania Treasurerĺs Investment Programs for Local Governments (INVEST), Citizens National Bank, Nazareth National Bank, and First Federal Bank.

÷      Aramark to sell lunches to the following non public schools for the 2003-04 school year: St. John Neumann - $1.85/meal; Christ the King - $1.95/meal; and Our Lady Help of Christians - $2.00/meal.

÷      Payment of final invoices applicable to the 2002-03 budget and to make necessary budget transfers to close the fiscal year in conjunction with Hutchinson, Gorman and Freeh, the districtĺs independent auditor.

÷      Final exoneration of elected tax collectors for the 2002 NASD school taxes.

÷      Forty-eight month lease with Edwards Business Systems to upgrade the following copiers: MS Office and Teachers (2) - Konica Model 7085 - $1,257.06/month + 0.0068/copy > 1M combined on both machines.

÷      Athletic ticket prices for the 2003-04 school year as follows: Student - $ 2.00; Adult - $ 4.00; and Senior Citizen - free.  These prices reflect a $1.00 increase over 02-03 for adults.

÷      2003-2004 Fuel Bid as follows:

#2 Fuel oil (Tank Transport)             $0.7749/gal to FARM & HOME OIL

#2 Fuel oil (Consumer Transport)     $0.9349/gal to FARM & HOME OIL

Unleaded gas                                       $.958/gal to REIMER BROS.

Low-Sulphur Diesel                            $.8749/gal to FARM & HOME OIL

Blended Diesel                                    $0.9099/gal to FARM & HOME OIL

÷      Awarding of bid for Secure Application Layer VPN Appliance & Remote Access Server to DJS Technology Solutions for a cost of  $13,750.

÷      Authorization for PFM to proceed with preparation for refunding of the General Obligation Bonds, Series 1999.

÷      Submission of the response to the State Audit finding on teacher certification for the years ending June 30, 1999 and 2000.

÷      Contract with Dr. Gregory Singer to act as the school doctor for a three-year period beginning July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2006.

÷      Additions and deletions to the Substitute List, effective June 17, 2003.

÷      Resignation of Christine Chromiak, English teacher at the Middle School, effective June 30, 2003.

÷      Resignation of Alison K. Piripavel, Grade 3 teacher at Moore Elementary, effective June 30, 2003.

÷      Unpaid leave of absence for Katherine E. Weeks, Guidance Counselor at the Senior High School, for the 2003-04 school year.

÷      Resignation of Nan L. Guss-Mentzell and Marilyn K. Simmons, directors of Lehigh Elementary School Drama Club, effective June 30, 2003.

÷      One day of dock pay for Thomas George, Custodian at Moore Elementary, for May 16, 2003.

÷      One half day of dock pay for Julie Paterson, 3rd Grade teacher at Wolf Elementary, for the PM of May 30, 2003.

÷      Four and one half days of dock pay for Jill Rider, instructional assistant at the senior high school and middle school, for April 22, May 5 (half-day) and May 6, 12, 19, 2003.

÷      Termination of the professional long-term substitutes, effective June 14, 2003.

÷      Additions to the Volunteer Listing: Fixl, Mary Ann - Wolf and Weisbach, Mary - Moore.

÷      Resignation of Nicole A. Donovan as Gemini Team Leader at the Middle School, effective June 30, 2003.

÷      One day of dock pay for Deborah Hinman, Special Education Secretary in Central Administration for June 2, 2003.

÷      One day of dock pay for Maria Govea, LTS French teacher at the Senior High School, for May 15, 2003.

÷      Two days of dock pay for Maria Stenack, Instructional Assistant at the Middle School, for June 3 and 4, 2003.

÷      Athletic Volunteer Coaches for the 2003-04 school year.

÷      One day of dock pay for Margaret Archer, Instructional Assistant at Franklin Elementary, for June 4, 2003.

÷      Resignation of Scott Clever, HVAC mechanic, effective June 21, 2003.  His last day of work will be June 20, 2003.

÷      Resignation of Marissa Walters, Outdoor Twirling Squad Instructor, effective immediately.

÷      Attendance of Brenda Serensits at the AP Calculus training seminar at Shippensburg University June 16-19, 2003 at a cost not to exceed $1,000.00.

÷      District Coordinators and their compensation for the 2003/2004 school year.

÷      Implementation of a voluntary benefits program through AFLAC for District employees effective October 1, 2003 at no cost to the District.

÷      Elementary summer school courses and instructors, with the hourly rate of $33.29 as per the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services, no additional benefits.

÷      Voluntary transfer of Forrest Koch to the position of semi-skilled maintenance person, effective June 17, 2003.  Compensation will be in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement with benefits.

÷      Voluntary transfer of LeRoy Hummel to the position of custodian at George Wolf, effective June 17, 2003.  Compensation will be in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement with benefits.

÷      Adjustment to the compensation of Brian Miller and Julie Hummel, academic summer school teachers for the 2002-03 school year, to the contract curriculum rate of $30.33, no benefits.

÷      Diane Neiper as FBLA advisor for the 2003-04 school year.  Compensation will be $1,467.00, no additional benefits and in accordance with the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services, Extracurricular and Clubs of the current collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Joshua Penglase as the Assistant to Marching Band Director for the 2003-04 school year.  Compensation will be $1,295.00, no benefits and in accordance with the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services, Extracurricular and Clubs of the current collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Albert Simpson as the Assistant Marching Band Percussion Instructor for the 2003-04 school year.  Compensation will be $1,295.00, no benefits and in accordance with the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services, Extracurricular and Clubs of the current collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Tutors and their compensation for the Middle School, retroactive to May 22, 2003, with no additional benefits and in accordance with the current Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services. 

÷      List of staff and Extra Help Reimbursement Rates for the 2003-2004 school year.

÷      Attendance of John Mauser, Roger Klotz, and Jon Terry, along with students Stephen Beavan, Thomas Schmidt, and Michael Homishak, on the Lehigh River Sojourn June 20-22, 2003 at a cost not to exceed $222.00.

÷      Attendance of Stacy Gober at the annual PASBO Leadership Conference in State College, PA, on July 14-15, 2003 at an estimated cost of $115.00 for mileage.

÷      Jamie Kline as a LTS Computer Teacher at the Middle School, effective for the first semester of the 2003-04 school year.  His compensation will be $ 42,200.00, pro-rated, based on Step 2, Year 2 in the Masterĺs + 45 column of the current collective bargaining agreement, with benefits.

÷      Voluntary transfer of Gene Kunkle to the position of middle shift custodian Monday through Friday at the middle school.  Compensation will be in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement, with benefits.

÷      Molly Brundage as a TPE Reading Teacher at the Middle School, effective for the 2003-2004 school year.  Her salary will be $40,500 based on a Masters Degree and Step 1-Year 1 of the current Salary Schedule, with benefits.

÷      Steven Rupp as a TPE Special Education Teacher at the Senior High School.  His salary will be $37,500.00, with benefits, based on a Bachelorĺs Degree and Step 1 Year 1 of the salary schedule in the current collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Cyndi Taylor as a TPE Special Education Teacher at the Senior High School.  Her salary will be $37,500.00, with benefits, based on a Bachelorĺs Degree and Step 1 Year 1 of the salary schedule in the current collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Teachers for the elementary summer special education program effective 7/7/2003-8/15/2003.  Salaries will be the curriculum rate as per the collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Special education teachers for the purpose of teaching the NovaNET Enrichment Program and Summer School.  The salary will be the curriculum rate as per the current collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Janice A. Gober as a TPE Special Education SED teacher at Moore Elementary, effective for the 2003-04 school year, pending receipt of updated clearances.  Her annual salary will be $40,900.00, with benefits and is based on a MA Degree and Step 2.5 Year 2.5 of the current Salary Schedule of the collective bargaining agreement.

÷      Kindra S. Block as a PE Speech and Language Therapist, at Moore Elementary.  Her salary will be $41,300, based on a Masters Degree and Year 4 of the current Salary Schedule, with benefits.

÷      List of staff returning via the Emergency Permit Program to be utilized as substitute teachers and substitute nurses for the 2003-04 school year.  Compensation will be $100.00/day, no benefits.

÷      Attendance of Linda Firestone and Roger Firestone at The Pennsylvania School Study Council Workshop, Summer Arts-in-Education: Arts Unlocking Ability on July 11, 2003 at the Pennsylvania State University at a cost of $348.00.

÷      Authorization for Stacy Gober to serve on the Professional Registration Committee of PASBO.

÷      Addition of Shawn Beers to the student summer help program.  He will be assigned to the maintenance department.  Compensation will be Step 1 - $5.15/hour, no benefits.

÷      Chantell R. Wagner as a PE elementary teacher, effective for the 2003-04 school year.  Grade level assignment to be determined.  Annual salary will be $43,500.00 with benefits and is based on a BA+15 degree and Step 8-Year 11 of the current Salary Schedule. 

÷      Claudine A. Smith as a PE elementary teacher, effective for the 2003-04 school year.  Grade level assignment to be determined.  Annual salary will be $42,800.00 with benefits and is based on a BA+15 degree and Step 7.5 Year 10.5 of the current Salary Schedule.

÷      Christopher Krachie as a TPE elementary teacher effective for the 2003-04 school year.  Grade level assignment to be determined.  Annual salary will be $38, 300.00 with benefits and is based on a BA degree and Step 4.5-Year 4.5 of the current Salary Schedule. 

÷      Alison R. Edwards as a TPE, elementary teacher.  Grade and assignment to be determined.  Her effective date is the 2003-04 school year.  Annual salary will be $37,500.00 with benefits and is based on a BA degree and Step 1-Year 1 of the current Salary Schedule.

÷      Honors Calculus II course for the 2003-2004 school year.

÷      Moore Elementary School Change Orders: Change Order 403-16, Duggan and Marcon, Inc. for ($466.00); Change Order 403-17, Duggan and Marcon, Inc. for (800.00); Change Order 414-02, Ivy Hill Construction, Inc. for $1,650.00; Change Order 416-32, Ray Angelini, Inc. for $12,968.00; and Change Order 416-33, Ray Angelini, Inc. for $2,359.00 as submitted by Foreman Architects Engineers.

÷      Senick Inc., Bethlehem, to serve as an on-call contractor for emergency excavation needs and sink hole repairs as needed with rates billable per the attached agreement.

÷      Service agreement for the fiscal year 2003-2004: Sonitrol - Security System Maintenance - $7,833 annually.

÷      Acceptance of the approval of PlanCon Part I: Interim Reporting #3 - Moore Twp. Elem. Project No. 2498.

÷      Three (3) year service contract to Simplex for the master clock, fire alarm, and rescue assistance systems as follows:

                                   2003/2004         2004/2005         2005/2006

Fire Alarm System              $ 8,071.04         $ 8,236.04         $8,236.04

Master Clock Systems       $ 1,724.00         $ 1,724.00         $ 1,724.00

Rescue Assistance             $ 1,547.70         $ 1,547.70         $ 1,547.70        

Total                                     $11,342.74        $11,507.74        $11,507.74

÷   Extension of the option on the agreement of sale on the Schwartz property.

÷      Revised edition of the 2003-2004 Northampton Area Senior High School Student Handbook.

÷      Revised edition of the 2003-04 Northampton Area Middle School Student Handbook.

÷      Revised edition of the 2003/2004 Northampton Area Elementary School Student Handbooks.

÷      Expulsion Hearing Waiver and Agreement for a high school student.

÷      Purchase of a banner to be displayed at the Middle School in honor of the Odyssey of the Mind Team World Champions.

÷      Rotation of board workshops at different locations with the schedule to be based on the recommendation of Dr. Senese.