NASD receives $100,000 windfall
The Northampton Area School District is receiving a $100,000-plus windfall, thanks to the thriftiness of the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School.
NASD will be reimbursed $108,640 as part of a distribution of excess BAVTS funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, school board President David Gogel announced at the Oct. 8 meeting.
The BAVTS $400,000 disbursement, approved at its Oct. 2 meeting, also includes $254,840 for Bethlehem Area School District and $36,520 for Saucon Valley School District.
The amounts are prorated for the three school districts based on the amount of funding from each.
BAVTS revenues in excess of the general fund for fiscal year 2011-12 were $1,039,332.13. BAVTS transferred $639,332.13 to the Capital Project Fund and earmarked it for energy-saving renovations at the annex building.
In other business at Monday night's meeting, district Assistant Superintendent Jeanette Gilliland announced that a Parent Information Seminar on the new student sports regulations, as well as bullying, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Northampton Area High School auditorium.
As part of NASD's sports medicine services agreement with St. Luke's Physician Group Inc., Dr. Matthew Martinez will speak about "Sudden Cardiac Arrest" and Dr. Kevin Waninger will present a seminar entitled "Concussion." Steven Kachmar will speak about "Bullying and Your Child."
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act was passed by the state legislature and signed into law May 30 by state Gov. Tom Corbett. The law went into effect for the 2012-13 school year.
The Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in November 2011 by Corbett and went into effect July 1.
The laws mandate that school officials provide information about sudden cardiac arrest and concussions to parents of student athletes. A parent or guardian must sign and return a form to school officials before participating in sports.
During a discussion at the Oct. 8 meeting, school board member Dr. Michael Baird asked how NASD will respond to new Pennsylvania Department of Education sports equality reporting.
In the year of the 30th anniversary of Title IX, which bans sex discrimination whether in sports or academics, new reporting requirements are being implemented.
The same opportunities and funding must be provided to a women's sport if there is an equivalent men's sport. For instance, if a field for boys soccer is provided, then an equivalent field for girls soccer must be provided.
"Whatever you do for the boys, you have to do for the girls," district Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik told The Press after Monday night's meeting.
Kovalchik said he has discussed the topic with NASD Athletic Director Todd Bowser.
State regulations may also impact fundraising by school booster clubs and also possibly the chartering of booster clubs.
The United States Department of Justice sets forth Title IX rules and enforcement.
NASD officials have said the district lacks sufficient student sports fields. The situation is expected to improve when new fields are added on the site of the Northampton Area Middle School, after it is demolished.
Representatives of KCBA, middle school project architect, and D'Huy Engineering, project engineer, said there was nothing new to report at Monday night's meeting.
At the meeting, Ben Longacre, a representative of NAHS Student Council, presented a report on his summer trip to Japan under the auspices of the Japan America Watershed Stewardship Project.
"It was the best four weeks of my life so far," Longacre said.