Northampton grad to become principal
The new Northampton Area High School Principal is a "Konkrete Kid."
The appointment of Steven Seier, a member of the Northampton Area High School Class of 1983, was approved by a 8-0 vote, with one board member absent Jan. 31, by the Northampton Area School Board.
"He's coming back home to the high school," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik. "We feel he'll be a definite asset."
Seier is assistant principal at Hamburg Area High School in the Hamburg Area School District.
The salary for the position is $110,000, annually, but prorated to Seier's start of employment, which is contingent upon his departure from Hamburg.
Seier was interim high school principal 2011-12 at Hamburg Area High School, filling in for the principal who was called up for active duty.
Seier is in his ninth year in Hamburg. Before that, he held assistant high school principal positions at high schools in the Upper Perkiomen, Pleasant Valley and Pottsgrove school districts.
Seier lives in Upper Macungie Township with his wife, Lori, who is food service director, Northwestern Lehigh School District, and their two daughters, who are Parkland High School students.
Seier received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Kutztown University, a master's in history from Villanova University and a principal certification from The Pennsylvania State University.
Maureen S. Sproul has been acting principal at Northampton Area High School.
"Maureen [Sproul] has done an outstanding job since the beginning of this school year ," Kovalchik said. Sproul was given a round of applause.
Following the vote, Seier was introduced to the board, made a few comments and shook hands with school directors.
"I'm really looking forward to getting started," Seier said.
"We spent a lot of time searching," Kovalchik said. A search committee was formed in October 2012. Interviews took place in December 2012.
The school board meeting was held Jan. 31 because the regularly-scheduled Jan. 28 second-monthly meeting was postponed because of inclement weather.
The appointment of Seier was added to the Jan. 31 agenda. Originally, the appointment was to be voted on at the Feb. 11 meeting. However, the school board wanted to bring it to an earlier vote, board President David Gogel said.