NASD wins $25,000 safe schools grant
Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik reported that the school district has received a $25,000 Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Kovalchik lauded Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, district director of data, grants and special projects, in securing the grant. "Kathy [Ott] has worked extraordinarily on grants," said Kovalchik
The grant is expected to fund mobile metal detectors, a consistent district building door-pass system, augment the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Intervention Program and purchase anti-bullying surveys.
"It's a way to enhance safety throughout our schools," Kovalchik said of the grant.
NASD was one of 110 public schools in the Commonwealth to receive a grant. A total of $2.6 million in competitive grants was awarded.
Ott announced that March 28 is the ticket purchase deadline for the annual "Oldies Dance," April 5, at the Northampton Community Center, Northampton.
The band Desire will provide music for dancing. There will be a hot buffet 6-7:30 p.m. Doors open 5:45 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door. The event is open to those 21 and older.
Proceeds benefit the Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation.
In other business at the March 10 school board meeting, the school board voted unanimously 9-0 to approve, at the administration's recommendation, summer school tuition rates of $310 for a two-hour course for resident students and $360 for a two-hour course for non-resident students for the 2014 summer school program. Tuition costs for courses less than or greater than two hours will be pro-rated.
"This is the first time in five years we've made a profit," district Business Administrator Terry Leh said.
"We're not out to make a profit, but it evens our losses," school board Vice President Jennifer Miller said.
School directors also voted 9-0 to approve the 2014-15 Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 General Operating Budget of $3,122,410 with the NASD portion of $38,551.29 along with the 2014-15 Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School General Fund Budget of $10,835,562 with the NASD portion of $2,226,959.
The board also approved the appointment of school board President David Gogel as NASD representative to the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School Authority, effective March 10 through January 2019;
Lindsay Fly, dance team coach, was also approved to chaperone eight students to participate in the April 30, May 1-4 Dance Championship Competition, Wildwood, N.J. The cost to NASD is approximately $480.