northampton area school district



A Capsule of the board of educationís deliberations and actions

Regular board meeting

DECEMBER 19, 2011

(Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision)




At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, Mr. Gorman presented the 2010-2011 Audit Report and Mr. Haller and Mr. Fazil of DíHuy Engineering presented the Proposed New 6-7-8 Grade Middle School Update for the Vocational Site.  At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved the following:


        Semester medical sabbatical for Thomas Laputka, Grade 8 Science Teacher at the Middle School, effective for the 2nd semester of the 2011-12 school year.

         Resignation of Jill Barron, Head Cross Country Coach, effective December 20, 2011.

         The following addition to the District Volunteer master listing for the 2011-2012 school year:

                              Name                           School

                              Elizabeth Bilheimer        George Wolf

        Additions and deletions to the Substitute List.

        Donna Teklits to attend The Attendance/Child Accounting Association annual conference on March 21, & 22, 2012, at a cost to the district of $546.35.

         Sherri DeFrain as a short-term substitute teacher for the period of December 19, 2011, through March 29, 2012, at a daily rate of $125.00, no benefits.

         Mary Kintz, Temporary One-to-One Special Education Instructional Assistant at Lehigh Elementary School, effective January 2, 2012, through the end of the 2011-12 school year, at a rate of $10.53 per hour.

         Attendance of Dr. Steven Kachmar at the PA Positive Behavior Support Network Implementersí Forum in Hershey, PA, on May 23-24, 2012, at an estimated cost of $90.61.  All costs to the District are included in the Board approved 2011-12 psychological services budget.

         Attendance of John Blick, Marilyn White, Andrew Peartree, Brian Davies, Terry Miller, Charlene Belletsky, Heather Apostolopoulos, and Melissa Monteith at the RAISE Winter Conference in Harrisburg, PA, on January 23-24, 2012, at an estimated cost of $277.50.

         Amy Pandolfo, Head Cheerleading Coach, effective for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year, with three years experience, at a compensation rate of 90% of the current district supplemental reimbursement of $2,613, totaling $2,352, no benefits, to be pro-rated.  Tiffany Nagy for increased duties as full-time Assistant Cheerleading coach, effective for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year, with five years experience, at a compensation rate of 100% of the current district supplemental reimbursement of $1,437, no benefits, to be pro-rated.

        Request For Proposal (RFP) and attachments for Architectural Services for the New 6-7-8 Middle School proposed for the Northampton Vocational School Site including the scope and alternate bid items as defined in the RFP.

         Northampton Area School District Facilities Study Report dated December 2011 which is required to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as part of the PlanCon process.

        2010-11 Audit Report as prepared by the local auditors, Gorman & Associates.

         2011-2012 Budget Transfers.

         Treasurerís Report.

         Tax Exonerations.

         Bills for Payment.

        Fund Balance amounts and classifications:

                          A.  $432,976 for Inventory and $124,624 for PrePaid Expenses as Nonspendable Fund

                                      Balance Reserves.

                          B.  $2,043,678 for future PSERS rate increases, $385,394 for a new Middle School,

                                      $1,500,000 Capital Reserve Transfer for Facility Capital Improvements, and

                                      $128,063 for OPEB Obligations as Committed Fund Balance Reserves.

        Expulsion Hearing Waiver for High School student number 2011-08.

        Expulsion Hearing Waiver for Middle School student number 2011-07.