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 October 20, 2003

Mr. Robert Yanders presented a ôFacilities Renovation Processö report, which included Middle School and High School room conversions, and asbestos, lighting, computer, kitchen, heating and air conditioning, internal and external door security, storage, and bathroom issues.

The Board approved the following:

÷        Listing of Extra-Curricular Volunteer Advisors for the Clubs in the District for the 2003-04 school year.

÷        Resignation of Michele Carl, Cafeteria Monitor at the Middle School, effective September 25, 2003.  Her last day of work was September 24, 2003.

÷        Extension of unpaid child-rearing leave for Wendy J. Seip, Grade 3 teacher at Lehigh Elementary.  She anticipates her return to the classroom for the beginning of the second semester - on or about January 27, 2004.

÷        Resignation of Dale R. Smith, Head Custodian at George Wolf Elementary, effective immediately.

÷        Unpaid Family Medical Leave for Tammy Tacker, special education teacher at Franklin Elementary, effective on or about March 8, 2004.  Ms. Tacker anticipates her return to the classroom for the beginning of the 2004-05 school year.

÷        Extension of military leave for Michael Seng, Social Studies Teacher at the Middle School, for the remainder of the 2003-2004 school year.

÷        Two (2) days of unpaid leave for Andrea Messenlehner, Social Studies Teacher at the Middle School, for December 4 and 5, 2003.

÷        Two (2) days of unpaid leave for Rachel Cressman, Grade 6 Teacher at Lehigh Elementary School, for April 1 and 2, 2004.  

÷        Additions and deletions to the Substitute List, effective October 21, 2003.

÷        Northampton Sick Leave Bank as a voluntary sick leave program offered to all bargaining members of the Northampton Area Educators Association effective October 21, 2003.

÷        Resignation of Deborah Hinman, 10-month secretary in the Special Education Department, effective October 11, 2003.  Her last day of work was October 10.

÷        Four (4) days of dock pay for Deborah Hinman, 10-month secretary in the special education department of Central Administration, for September 18, 29, and October 1, 6, 2003.

÷        Two (2) days of unpaid leave for Rochelle Latteman, secretary of the technology department in Central Administration, for November 20 and 21, 2003.

÷        The following additions to the Volunteer List: Katie McFadden (pending receipt of Act 151) - Asst. Field Hockey Coach; Joanne Santee (pending receipt of Act 34 & 151) - Asst. Field Hockey Coach; and Joel Serfass (pending receipt of Act 34)- Basketball.

÷        Resignation of Jodi Thompson, Science Teacher at the High School, effective December 10, 2003.

÷        Unpaid Family Medical Leave for Tracy Rolles, kindergarten teacher, effective on or about January 23, 2004.  Ms. Rolles anticipates her return to the classroom, January 2005.

÷        Resignation of Christine Geonnotti, Cafeteria Monitor at the Senior High School, effective October 2, 2003.  Her last day of work was October 1, 2003.

÷        Unpaid Family Medical Leave for Beth Wolfel, Special Education Teacher at the Senior High School, effective on or about March 9, 2004.  Ms. Wolfel anticipates her return to the classroom on or about May 3, 2004.

÷        Resignation of Jodi Ritter, Grade 6 Teacher at Moore Elementary School, effective for sixty (60) days or until a suitable replacement can be found.  Whichever of these situations occurs first will serve as her final day.

÷        Attendance of Karol DĺHuyvetters at the Pennsylvania Council of Administrators of Special Education and Annual Conference of Pennsylvania Federation Council for Exceptional Children on November 5-7, 2003 in Harrisburg, PA at an estimated cost of $466.20.

÷        Michael Bauer as Senior High School Debate Team Advisor, effective October 21, 2003 for the 2003-04 school year.  Compensation will be $1,448.00, pro-rated with no additional benefits.

÷        Bernard Partridge as Social Studies Department Chair, effective September 22, 2003 for the 2003-04 school year.  Compensation will be $1,674.00, prorated, no additional benefits.

÷        Salary adjustment for Elisabeth Toolan, Activity Bus Monitor.  Compensation will be $7.25/hour, no benefits for the 2003-04 school year.

÷        Tara Mrazik to attend and chaperone six DECA student members at the North Atlantic Region Leadership Conference in Philadelphia November 14-16, 2003 at a cost to the district not to exceed $175.00.

÷        Adjustment for Kristin Pietruszewski to long-term substitute status, with benefits, effective November 1, 2003 until the end of her present assignment.

÷        Cara Hillenbrand as Advisor of the Indoor Twirling Squad, effective immediately.   Her stipend will be $1,294.00, without benefits and in accordance with the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services Extracurricular and Clubs of the current bargaining agreement.

÷        Kristie Hassler as Cafeteria Monitor at the Middle School, effective retroactive to September 29, 2003.  Her salary will be $6.50/hour with no benefits.

÷        Mike Keglovits as Advisor of the National Honor Society, effective immediately.  His stipend will be $851.00, without benefits and in accordance with the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services Extracurricular and Clubs of the current bargaining agreement.

÷        Extension of the long-term substitute assignment for Meghan Bleiler for the remainder of the 2003-2004 school year.  Her salary will be $37,700, with benefits, based on a Bachelorĺs degree, Step 2, Year 2 of the current salary schedule.

÷        3.5% salary increase for the confidential employees with current health benefits effective for the 2003-2004 school year and retroactive to July 1, 2003.

÷        Attendance of Anne-Sophie Tzanetatos, French Teacher at the Senior High School, at the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages Conference in Philadelphia, PA November 20-23, 2003 at a total cost to the district not to exceed $1,024.16.

÷        Attendance of Jayne Hartzog at the Connected Classroom Conference in Philadelphia, PA November 11-12, 2003 at a cost not to exceed  $541.00.

÷        Attendance of Linda Firestone at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators Conference in Baltimore, MD October 15-18, 2003 at a cost to the district of $1,545.00.

÷        William Gowdy to accompany Ms. Pam Hoffner and chaperone two male students from Student Council to Hershey, PA October 22-24, 2003 for the PSBA Student Delegate Program at an additional cost of $665.00.  (Total cost to the district of all participants not to exceed $2,120.00.)

÷        Attendance of Glen Young, Science Department Chairperson at the Senior High School, at the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association Conference in Hershey, PA December 4-5, 2003 at a cost to the district not to exceed $514.00.

÷        Debora Vandergrift as a Hall Monitor at the Senior High School, effective October 23, 2003.  Her salary will be $6.60/hour and is in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

÷        Susan Braker as a 10-month Special Education Secretary, effective on or about November 4, 2003.  Her salary will be $9.00 per hour, with benefits and per the schedule in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

÷        Attendance of Dr. Angelo Senese at the annual American Association of School Administrators Conference in San Francisco, CA from February 19 to 23, 2004 at an approximate cost of $1,832.70.

÷        Temporary technology services from IntegraOne on an as needed basis at the rate of $18.50 per hour for the 2003-2004 school year.

÷        Additions to the Extra Help List: Brian Muschko (pending receipt of Act 151) - Football Chain Crew; Daniel Herzog - Football Chain Crew; Jason Herzog - Football Chain Crew; Gerald Neff - Football Chain Crew; Michael Bendekovits (pending receipt of Act 34/151) - Football Chain Crew.

÷        Jeanine Addis to provide IEP identified services to a Special Education Student for the 2003-2004 school year at the rate of $20.00/hour for 6.0 hours per day.

÷        Form PP-07 - Statement and Agreement with Northampton Area School District By The Parent(s) Or Legal Custodian(s) Of Students and Form PP-08 - Non-Resident Student Agreement - as components of Policy 202 - Eligibility Of Non-Resident Students - effective October 21, 2003.

÷        Revised art curricula for grades 9 through 12.

÷        Revised Keyboarding II - Word Core, Keyboarding III - Advanced Word Expert, and Microsoft Word 2002 planned courses taught at the Senior High School.

÷        Revised Personal Fitness, Health Emergencies, and Strength Conditioning planned courses taught at the Senior High School.

÷        Acceptance of the approval of PlanCon Part I: Interim Reporting #4 - for Moore Twp. Elementary Project No. 2498.

÷        Service agreement for Facility Management Systems at Wolf, George Wolf, Lehigh and Moore Elementary Schools with Johnson Controls for the period October 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004 at a cost of $12,480.00.

÷        Bills for Payment.

÷        Treasurerĺs Report.

÷        Tax Exonerations.

÷        Annual Maintenance Agreements with F & E Checkwriter, York PA, for the check signers at EIT and the Business Office for the period 10/6/03 - 10/6/04 (EIT Office) and 10/7/03 - 10/7/04 (Business Office) at a cost of $367.50 each.

÷        Service agreement with Allen Organ Company for the organ at the Senior High School at a cost of $450.00 for the period September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

÷        Real Estate Tax Exonerations:                         TAX AMT.      REASON

H6 20 20-C-6T, Kron, Louis                     2002            $   180.11          Trailer was removed

H6 20 20-C-5T, Marositz, Christine        2002            $   164.03          Trailer was removed

H6 20 20-N-12T, Torres, Marie        2001 & 2002      $1,291.15          Trailer was removed

H6 20 20-P-1, Kocher, Bonnie                 2002            $   176.90          Trailer was removed

H6 20 20-A-100, Powell, Nicole       2000 to 2002      $   745.03          Trailer was removed

          & Musselman, Gary

H6 20 20-A-45, Foose, Robert         2001 & 2002      $1,115.67          Trailer was removed

           & Neumeyer, Robin

÷        2003/2004 Budget Transfers.

÷        Berkmont Communications Corporation as our service provider, effective 11/01/03 through 10/31/2004, for coin-operated telephones at no cost to the District.

÷        Adoption of the revised Local Earned Income Tax Rules and Regulations for the Northampton Area School District effective January 1, 2004 in accordance with the Amended Local Tax Enabling Act 166 of 2002.

÷        Settlement for the Ponderosa Fibers assessment appeal reducing the fair market value of $11,000,000 to $2,400,000 and the assessed value of $5,752,200 to $1,200,000, effective for tax year 2000.

÷        Submission of PlanCon Part K: Project Refinancing for the 2003 Refunding Issue which refunded the 1999 Series.

÷        Service contract with CIU20 to provide Title I services for non-public Northampton Area School District students for the 2003-04 school year at a cost not to exceed $22,800.00.

÷        Donation of the Districtĺs Jacobson F10 lawn mower to Northampton Borough effective October 21, 2003.

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