Northampton Area School District




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


Regular Board Meeting


June 8, 2009


(Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision)


At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, Beth Arcury, District Dental Hygienist, presented the Dental Poster Contest winners.  Harry Neill, 1Souce Safety, presented the Middle School mold remediation options.  Chris Haller, D’Huy Engineering, presented a timeline for a proposed new Middle School.  Alyssa Figura presented an update on Student Council activities.  Ms. Erdo presented the legislative and CIU20 reports.  Mr. Koch presented the Facilities Committee report.  Mr. Gogel presented the BAVTS report.  Mr. Politi presented the NCC report.         


The Board approved the following:


·      Modifications to the D’Huy Engineering, Inc. contract approved by the Board on May 18, 2009, subject to final approval of the School District Solicitor.

·      Public Official Bonds through HRH with Fidelity & Deposit Company as the carrier, as follows:

Board Secretary (Terry Leh), 1-year term, 7/1/09-6/30/10, $100,000 limit - $1,243

Assistant Board Secretary (Pat Brusko), 1-year term, 7/1/09-6/30/10, $25,000 limit - $88.00

Board Treasurer (Rose Roberts), 1-year term, 7/1/09-6/30/10, $25,000 limit - $150.00          

·      Athletic ticket prices for the 2009-10 school year as follows: Student - $3.00, Adult - $5.00, and Senior Citizen – Free.

·      Tax Exonerations.

·      Authorization for the Administration to pay final invoices applicable to the 2008-09 budget and to make necessary budget transfers to close the fiscal year in conjunction with Gorman and Associates, P.C., the district’s independent auditor.

·      Bills for Payment.

·      Insurances for the 2009-10 fiscal year: 

        Property and Casualty                            Utica National                            $122,309

        Boiler and Machinery                              Utica National                           $incl above  

        Automobile                                               Utica National                           $  17,958

        Umbrella Liability                                     Old Republic Insurance Co     $  20,604

        School Leaders Errors & Omissions     School Board Ins. Co. of PA   $  33,604

        Workers’ Compensation                         Amerihealth (Companion)       $281,908

        Student Accident                                     Monumental Life Ins. Co.        $  14,932

              Voluntary School Time (parent paid)       $  27

              Voluntary 24 hour                 “                    $103

              Voluntary dental                   “                    $  20

·      2008-2009 Budget Transfers.

·      Natural Gas Sales Contract with CenterPoint Energy that provides a firm transportation rate for our two firm natural gas meters at the High School and Siegfried buildings.

·      Renewal agreement with K12 Systems, Inc. of Allentown, for software licensing, support, and hosting at a cost of $76,320 for 2009-2010 school year.

·      “In Lieu of FAPE Agreement” for a special education student.

·      Homestead and farmstead real estate tax reduction amount at $107.92 with a homestead and farmstead real estate assessed value reduction at $2,464.

·      Revised list of professional staff transfers effective with the 2009-2010 school year.

·      Termination of the temporary assignments, with the effective date as noted next to the individuals’ names.

·      Resignation of Patricia Olesak, Cafeteria Monitor at the Middle School, for the purpose of retirement, effective at the end of the day, June 12, 2009.

·      Resignation of Paula Ulrich, Future Educators of America (FEA) Co-Advisor, effective June 12, 2009.

·      Voluntary transfer of Stephanie Wuchter from Tuesday through Saturday Custodian at Siegfried Elementary School to Tuesday through Saturday Custodian at Lehigh Elementary School, effective June 9, 2009. 

·      Resignation of Jennifer Miller, Indoor Twirling Advisor, effective May 19, 2009.

·      Voluntary transfer of Breann Shuryn from One-to-One Special Education Instructional Assistant at the High School to Special Education Instructional Assistant at Lehigh Elementary School, effective August 27, 2009.

·      Voluntary transfer of M. Elizabeth Winchester from AVOPP Instructional Assistant to One-to-One Special Education Instructional Assistant at the High School, effective August 27, 2009.

·      Resignation of Irene Gavin from the position of Assistant Principal at the High School.  The effective date is undetermined at this time, contingent upon the hiring of her replacement, but no later than August 3, 2009.

·      Resignation of Julie Kennington from the position of Speech & Language Teacher in the Borough, effective July 31, 2009.

·      Additions and deletions to the Substitute List.

·      Revised list of Student Summer Help, along with their compensation rate of $7.15 per hour, from June 15, 2009, through August 21, 2009. 

·      Attendance of Donna Teklits at the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Steel Eagle Leadership Institute July 9-10, 2009, in State College, PA.  All costs are paid by PASBO.

·      Kimberly Yencho, Dance Team Advisor at the High School, effective for the 2009-2010 school year, with a total reimbursement of $1,335.00. 

·      Kristy Andreas as a TPE Itinerant Strings Music Teacher at George Wolf, Lehigh and Moore Elementary Schools, effective August 27, 2009, pending receipt of PA certification.  Her salary will be $43,302.00, with benefits, based on a BA degree and Step 1, Year 1 of the 2009-2010 salary schedule. 

·      Ashley Rushatz as a LTS Art Teacher at Siegfried Elementary School, effective August 27, 2009, for the 2009-2010 school year, pending receipt of PA certification. Her salary will be $43,302.00, with benefits, based on a BA degree and Step 1, Year 1 of the current salary schedule. 

·      Mark Lesko as a One-to-One Special Education Instructional Assistant at the High School, effective August 27, 2009.  His hourly rate will be $9.74, 80% of the 2009-2010 hourly rate, in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement, with benefits.   

·      List of teachers for the elementary summer program from June 23, 2009 - July 23, 2009, at the appropriate contracted curriculum rate, pending approval of the 2009-2010 budget.

·      Matthew Decembrino as an Assistant Principal at the High School, effective July 1, 2009, or when released from present school district.  Salary will be $75,000.00 annually, with benefits, and in accordance with the Act 93 Agreement.

·      Adoption of the following policies: 203 - Communicable Diseases and Immunization, 209 - Health Examinations, 210 - Use of Medications and 918 - Title I (Federal Funded Program) Parental Involvement, effective June 9, 2009.  Deletion of the following policies: 5:16 - Communicable Diseases and Immunizations, 5:17 - Health Record Policy, and 5:26 - Administration of Medications During School Hours.

·      Electrical change orders for The Farfield Company as part of the HS Renovation/ Additions project:

EC-69 - $8,321.18 - Provide and install three (3) additional F/A strobe lights in the “closed” courtyard, one additional F/A strobe light in Prep & Storage E215A, one additional F/A strobe light in Corridor E248 and three (3) additional exit signs in Corridors 195 and 197 as required by the Code Official and per COR207.

EC-70 - $4,315.40 - Relocate the pay phone per the Owner’s request and per COR 97 at a cost of $594.40.  Add four (4) additional duplex receptacles and one (1) voice/data outlet in Foreign Language Planning E188A (omission) and per COR 202 at a cost of $2,987.  Provide and install one (1) additional exit sign at door E167 as required by the Code Official and per COR 203 at a cost of $371.  Modify power for the Owner’s new kiln in Kiln and Storage E131A (scheduled power was single phase and the Owner’s new kiln required 3-phase) per COR 205 at a cost of $363.

·      Acceptance of PlanCon Part K: Project Refinancing approval for the 2009 Refunding Issue, which refunded Series 2002 and partially refunded Series A of 2003.

·      Option E for remediation of the mold at the Middle School, as proposed by 1Source Safety and Health, Inc., with alternate Option D.  Both options will include removal of all carpet.

·      Expulsion Hearing Waiver for Middle School student number 2009-11.

·      Donation from the Bath Lioness Club and recognize the generosity of the organization; the money will be designated for the purchase of a new cot for the health office.