Northampton Area School District

 

THE MORNING AFTER

 

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

 

Regular Board Meeting

 

October 20, 2008

 

(Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision)

 

At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, Victor Rodite, Community Planner for the Borough of Northampton, presented a request to the Board to approve an expansion of the existing Keystone Opportunity Zone.  Dr. Kenneth Cressman presented an overview of the Diversified Occupations program.  Mr. Kovalchik presented the Policy Committee report.  Alyssa Figura presented an update on Student Council activities.    

 

The Board approved the following:

 

      Professional status and tenure for Alissa Bastian, Middle School teacher, who has completed three (3) years of teaching in Northampton Area School District and has received six (6) satisfactory evaluations.

      Resignation of Jasmyn Kandel from the position of Reading Specialist at the High School.  The effective date of the resignation will be in accordance with the sixty (60) day holding provision, up to December 12, 2008, or the securing of her replacement, whichever comes first.

      Additions to the District Volunteer master list for the 2008-09 school year: Penny Costenbader - Lehigh, Joseph  Gmitter - George Wolf, Beverly Jenkins - George Wolf, William Kaspar - Borough, Linda Reed - Borough, Maria Rufe - Borough, and Salvatore Zangari - Swimming Booster Club.

      Additions and deletions to the Substitute List.

      Revised list of head coaches and assistant coaches with their designated stipends, in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement, for the 2008-2009 school year, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, for the appropriate sport season.   The stipends will be adjusted upon the settlement of the new NAEA collective bargaining agreement. 

      Karen Baldanza as a LTS Special Education Teacher at George Wolf Elementary School, effective August 27, 2008, through on or about December 1, 2008. Her salary will be $225.27, per diem without benefits, based on a BA +15 degree and Step 1, Year 1 of the current salary schedule.  Her salary will be adjusted upon the settlement of the new NAEA collective bargaining agreement.

      Melisa Phifer as a LTS Science Teacher at the High School, effective September 16, 2008, for the remainder of the 2008-09 school year.  Her salary will be $44,844.00, pro-rated with benefits, based on a MA degree and Step 1, Year 1 of the 2007-08 salary schedule.  Her salary will be adjusted upon the settlement of the new NAEA collective bargaining agreement.

      Revised list of instructors and compensation to conduct after-school remediation under the EAP Grant guidelines.  The effective date is October 22, 2008, through March 31, 2009.  Their hourly rates will be adjusted upon the settlement of the new NAEA collective bargaining agreement.

      Attendance of Christine Steigerwalt, Physical Education teacher and Assistant to the Principal at the Borough Schools, and Tammie Tacker, Learning Support teacher, Grade 1, at Siegfried, at the National Symposium - Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools, December 4 - 6, 2008, in Washington, D.C. at an estimated cost to the district of $640.00.

      Attendance of Silke Keeler, District Network Administrator, and Jayne Hartzog, District Instructional Technology Specialist, at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference in Hershey, PA, on February 8-11, 2008, at an approximate cost of $1,693.00.

      William Keenhold as a Hall Monitor at the High School, effective retroactive to October 16, 2008.  His continued employment is contingent upon receipt of acceptable Acts 151 and 114 clearances.  His salary will be $9.36 per hour, 80% of the current hourly rate, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, with limited benefits.   

      Jennifer Nixon as a P/T Reading Instructional Assistant at George Wolf Elementary School, effective October 21, 2008.  Her salary will be $9.36 per hour, 80% of the current hourly rate, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, no benefits.   

      Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Northampton Area Maintenance/ Teamsters Association, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2012.

      Stacei Zancofsky as a Nova NET Instructional Assistant at the High School, effective October 22, 2008.  Her salary will be $9.36 per hour, 80% of the current hourly rate, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, with benefits.  

      Adoption of the following policies: 109 - Instructional Material, 109.1 - Complaints about Instructional Materials, and 109.2 - Inventory and Weeding, effective October 21, 2008.  And the deletion of the following polices: 6:02 - Instructional Materials Selection and 6:16 - Weeding Materials, effective October 21, 2008.

      2009 annual Maintenance Agreement with ET&T, of Bethlehem, for the telephone systems at Moore, Lehigh and the Middle School at a cost of $3,375.00.

      Plumbing construction change order for Jay R. Reynolds, Plumbing Contractor, as part of the George Wolf Renovation project: PC-02 - $804.00 - Replace insulation in new pod classrooms due to water infiltration.

      General construction change orders for Bracy Contracting, Inc. as part of the George Wolf Renovation project:

GC-05 - $13,773.83 - Provide and install intruder locks and devices per owner request, COR-05 for $7,298.61; provide epoxy paint in Multi-Purpose Room 229 per owner request, COR-53A for $1,301.26;  provide epoxy paint in Stairs A&B per owner request, COR-53B for $508.73; and excavate and install storm water collection at south gym entrance, COR-77 for $4,665.23

GC-06 - $6,750.79 - Provide and install four 8Ē gate valves to the fire loop waterline around the school per SP-5 rev. 9.14.07 and requested by the Borough.

GC-07 - $18,366.61 - Undercut of the sedimentation basin keyway for the detention basin due to unsuitable solids, revised COR-07 for $6,090.38; over excavation of the Multi-Purpose Room footings due to unsuitable materials, revised3 COR-14 for $8,164.08; and lowering of sanitary line due to an existing footing, revised COR-64 for $4,112.15.

GC-08 - $1,841.61 - COR-28 revised wording: sink hole remediation in Basin area on 2.29.08 for $2,795.91 and remediation of 1 hole at Multi-Purpose and 1 hole at outside storage on 3.12.08 for $499.33, totaling $3,295.24.  Remove rock at storm water line at the art room radius wall, COR-31 for $210; sink hole remediation at the north side of Multi-Purpose, COR-41 for $486.72; credit for not requiring the temporary relocation of the play equipment, Alternate #9, COR-75 for ($8,800 deduct); sink hole remediation at south side of parking area, COR-78 for $5,280.53.  Sink hole remediation at SE of Pod C near parking lot sidewalk on 9.9.08 for $991.84 and remediation of sink hole at inlet at the loading dock on 9.12.08 for $377.18, totaling $1,369.12, COR-87.

GC-M09 - $9,399.40 - Stone fill required from the doors to the sidewalks at west side of Pods A and C addition due to mold remediation classroom re-phasing, COR-39M for $1,676.21; removal of ACT ceilings and grid due to mold remediation, COR-48 for $7,723.19.

      Treasurerís Report.

      Bills for Payment.

      Tax Exonerations.

      Proposals from 1Source Safety and Health, Inc. for the mold consultation services at George Wolf Elementary School at a cost not to exceed $108,800.00, and the Indoor Air Quality Sampling at the Northeast Middle School at a cost not to exceed $4,660.00.

      Donation from ARAMARK in the amount of $180.00 used to defray the cost of the Districtís annual induction luncheon. 

      Donation from First Student in the amount of $90.00 used to defray the cost of the Districtís annual induction bus trip.

      Donation of a new wheelchair from the Lioness Club of Northampton for Siegfried Elementary School at a cost of $255.00.

      Resolution, to be reviewed and approved by the solicitor, for the purpose of expanding the existing Allen Township KOZ to include the Atlas Portland Cement Company property.