Northampton Area School District




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


Regular Board Meeting


January 14, 2008


(Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision)


At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, Joseph Kovalchik and Middle School teachers presented Middle School projects.  Dr. Firestone announced January is Board Member Recognition Month and Board members were presented with certificates of appreciation for their service to the District.  Dr. Firestone and Mrs. Gober presented the 2008-09 budget.  Mrs. Rundle presented the Policy Committee report.  Mrs. Skrapits presented the Safe School Committee report.  Mr. Gogel presented the BAVTS report.  Nick Politi presented the NCC report.  Shelby Smith presented updates on Student Council activities. 


The Board approved the following:


      Additions to the District Volunteer master listing for the 2007-08 school year: Rosa Ciulla - Borough, Amy Dancsecs - Lehigh, Kimberly Ramos - George Wolf, Chris Schoenberger - Borough, and Michelle Trimmer - Borough.

      Unpaid leave of absence for Coy Stampone, Business Education Teacher at the High School, from March 7, 2008, through on or about March 31, 2008.

      Resignation of Elizabeth Tumpey, Cafeteria Monitor, effective the end of the day, January 4, 2008.

      Additions and deletions to the Substitute List.

      Revised Lead Custodian job description, effective January 15, 2008.

      Contract of Robert Peloquin, School Police Officer/Director of Security.

      Voluntary transfer of David Abraham from Custodian to Semi-Skilled Maintenance Substitute, effective January 15, 2008, to on or about March 8, 2008.  His hourly rate will be $18.26 per hour, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, with benefits.   

      List of After-School Math Tutors and their compensation effective February 5, 2008, through March 27, 2008.  Compensation is in accordance with the Supplemental Reimbursement for Extra Services.

      Attendance of Rebecca Philbin, Nicole Tucker, and Sally Will-Weber, Middle School Reading teachers, at the 44th Annual Bloomsburg University Reading Conference at Bloomsburg University on May 15-16, 2008, at a cost not to exceed $1,269.64.

      Mary Donnelly as FBLA Advisor, effective retroactive to November 2007, through January 2008, with a pro-rated stipend of $386.00.

      Program of Studies for the 2008-2009 school year.

      Authorization for the administration to prepare and solicit bids to remove and replace all existing blower coil air handling units with new blower coil air handling units at George Wolf Elementary School.

      Installation of internal communication signal amplification by Nextel/Sprint at a total cost of $141,200 in the following District buildings: Administration - $15,800, Franklin - $15,000, Siegfried - $24,600, Washington - $13,500, Lehigh -$14,300, Middle School - $28,000, and High School - $30,000.

      Authorization for MKSD to create and administer a separate bid package, and provide construction administration for the additional HVAC and Electrical work associated with the existing unit ventilators at George Wolf Elementary at a cost of $8,000.

      2007-08 Budget Transfers.

      Bills for Payment.

      Tax Exonerations.

      Treasurerís Report.

      Authorization for the administration to prepare and solicit bids for the following FY2008-09 services and supplies: Maintenance/ Custodian Supplies, Instructional/General Supplies, Athletic Supplies, Gasoline/Diesel, and Fuel Oil/Natural Gas.

      Acceptance of the 2006-07 Audit Report as prepared by local auditors, Gorman & Associates.

      Adoption of the 2008-09 Colonial IU20 General Operating Budget in the amount of $2,822,580, with the NASD portion of $37,501.24 required to fund the budget.

      Authorization for the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Refunding Series of 2008 in the amount of $10,000,000 to partially refund the 2002 and 2003 Series pursuant to the Local Government Unit Debt Act of 1996.

      Awarding of District cellular phone service to Sprint / Nextel Corporation for approximately $21,835, annually, beginning July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010 (2 year agreement).  This cost does not reflect E-rate Program discounts that may be applicable.

      Agreement for Parent Transportation between the Northampton Area School District and the parents of a student with a disability.

      Adoption of the 2008-09 Northampton Community College Budget in the amount of $44,751,522 with the NASD portion of $671,843 required to fund the budget.

      Adoption of the resolution notifying Northampton County Tax Claim Bureau of our designation of Portnoff Law Associates as the Districtís delinquent real estate tax collector.

      Public Financial Management, Harrisburg, as the Districtís Investment Advisor on the upcoming Refunding Series 2008 at a fixed fee of $4,500.

      Change in the 2007-2008 district calendar to allow grade 11 students to report from 7:24 - 10:35 and grades 9, 10, and 12 students to report from 10:35 - 2: 28 on March 31, April 1, and April 2, 2008.