northampton area school district



A Capsule of the board of education’s deliberations and actions

Regular board meeting

March 25, 2019

(Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision)



At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved the following:

·     Employee #1498, an unpaid medical leave of absence, beginning March 19, 2019, for a maximum of six (6) months, through September 19, 2019, in accordance with the Custodial Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article XVI.G.

·     Revised Master District Volunteer List for the 2018-19 school year.

·     Temporary transfer of MaryAnn Weaver, Special Education Instructional Assistant from Siegfried Elementary School, to George Wolf Elementary School, effective March 25, 2019, through the last student day of the 2018-19 school year.

·     Mrs. Pretopapa and approximately forty-five (45) students and four (4) chaperones to travel to New York, NY, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for a National Honor Society educational field trip. The cost to the District will not exceed $550.00, and is covered in the 2018-2019 Board approved budget.

·     Billie Fruit, Technology Technician, effective on or about April 8, 2019.  His salary will be $25.83 per hour, 100% of the position rate, with benefits, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement between NASD and NAESPA.

·     Extension of employment of Sandra Bischof as Long Term Substitute Special Education Instructional Assistant at Siegfried Elementary School, effective March 25, 2019, through the last student day of the 2018-19 school year.  Her salary will be $10.53 per hour.

·     Mrs. Tara Mrazik, Mrs. Maryann Miller, Mrs. Neali Feimster, Mr. Matthew Greenplate, and Mr. Ryan Brobst to attend the DECA International Conference along with forty (40) DECA students on April 26, 2019, through May 2, 2019, in Orlando, FL.  Maximum cost to the District will be $6,072.40.  All costs to the District are included in the Board approved 2018-2019 budget.

·     Ms. Madison McCadden, Dance Team Coach, to chaperone fourteen (14) students to participate in the Dance Team National Championship Competition to be held in Hershey, PA, on April 26, 27, and 28, 2019.  Cost to the District will be approximately $288.00.  This amount is included in the Board approved 2018-2019 District budget.

·     Adoption of the following revised policy, effective March 26, 2019:  918 – Title I      Parent and Family Involvement

·     2019 Title I Summer Camp: “PASSPORT to Kindergarten!”  offered to incoming Kindergarten students on July 22, 23, 24, 25 and July 29, 30, 31, and August 1, 2019, and the following District personnel to teach the Title I Summer Camp:  Melinda Jacobson, Dana Werkheiser, Ashley Gulla, Jessica Quinones, Stephanie Chlebove, Alissa Bastian.  This program will be grant-funded through Title I available funds.

·     School Board President to execute the Termination of Deed of Easement for the purpose of terminating the Deed of Easement that was granted by the School District to Lehigh Township on September 15, 1994 and recorded in Northampton County, PA in the Recorder of Deeds Office in Record Book Vol. 1994-6, page 080364.  The Deed of Easement had conveyed an easement for a Right-of-Way to Lehigh Township on the easterly side of Blue Mountain Drive along the frontage of Lehigh Elementary School.  The Deed of Easement must be terminated to allow for the School District to convey all or a portion of the easement area to PennDOT for a Right-of-Way in connection with the construction of the new Lehigh Elementary School Project.

·     Authorize the School Board President to execute the Indemnification Agreement that permits the School District to commence construction of the new Lehigh Elementary School project prior to receipt of the Highway Occupancy Permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and prior to the recording of the Final Land Development Plans and prior to the execution of the Township Improvements Agreement and Township Maintenance Agreement.

·     Authorize the School Board President to execute the agreement between the School District and Lehigh Township to assure the satisfactory operation and maintenance of all permanent stormwater best management practices to be constructed for the new Lehigh Elementary School.   The agreement is called the Stormwater Best Management Practices Operations and Maintenance Agreement.

·     Treasurer’s Report.

·     2019-20 Colonial IU 20 General Operating Budget in the amount of $3,578,320  with the Northampton Area School District portion of $43,424.98 required to fund the budget.

·     Tax Exonerations/Changes.

·     A 5-year agreement from June, 2019, through June, 2024, to participate in the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions software licensing consortium with an annual cost of $36,162.75.  This amount is included in the Technology Services approved budget.

·     A contract for services with Ivan J. Rosario, ASL/ENGLISH Interpreter, on an as needed basis from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

·     2019 summer school tuition rates of $300.00 for resident students and $325.00 for non-resident students.

·     Bills for Payment.

·     Agreement between the Northampton Area School District and Gerhard’s Defensive Safety Driving Academy to offer driver education courses at the Northampton Area High School for the term of August 26, 2019, through June 19, 2020, with no cost to the District.

·     Attendance of Board Member, Charles Longacre, at the 2019 PAGE Mini Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, Allentown, Pennsylvania, at a cost of $65.00.

·     Expulsion Hearing Waiver for student number 2018-03.