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Opening day 'went well' in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Opening day at the construction site on the Northampton Area School District secondary campus went off without a hitch this week.

"Our district administration was throughout the district," according to NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, who said he was there Monday morning at the Northampton Area High School and Northampton Area Middle School campus, referred to as the secondary campus.

Opening day for the 2014-15 NASD school year was "very productive and well-done by everyone involved," Kovalchik told the school board at the Aug. 15 meeting. He said approximately 5,500 students attended classes Monday throughout the district.

Traffic concerns at the 1619 Laubach Ave. campus, site of the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project, resulted in the school board approving the administration's request for stipends for 33 traffic monitors.

According to Kovalchik, who said he was at the secondary campus at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 25, traffic control "went very well."

There were 30 traffic monitors at the secondary campus, where 50 buses, as well as vehicles driven by parents, dropped off an estimated 2,400 students.

Kovalchik said that by 7:23 a.m. Aug. 25, the secondary campus was cleared of traffic. Classes there commenced at 7:27 a.m. Aug. 25. "It was very well-run," Kovalchik said.

"The end of the day went well, also," Kovalchik told The Press after Monday night's board meeting.

"I'm very proud of our staff and students," Kovalchik said, adding there were no incidents, traffic jams or complaints opening day.

"We appreciate the cooperation of local law enforcement," Kovalchik said, referring to police officers from the Borough of Northampton, Lehigh Township, Moore Township and the Colonial Regional Police Department (whose coverage includes the Borough of Bath).

NASD has two full-time police officers. There are also seven NASD security guards who work 190 full-time days annually.

Kovalchik, who said he also visited Borough Elementary Schools, Moore Elementary School and George Wolf Elementary School on opening day, said, "It was a very, very good first day." Kovalchik said he was to visit Lehigh Elementary School Aug. 26.

Kovalchik also said the first day for NASD staff, which was Aug. 18, went well. "It was a great day for our staff. Just a lot of positive energy," Kovalchik said.

Approximately 600 staff attended the Aug. 18 meeting in the Northampton Area High School auditorium.

"I got the sense that the staff was more energized," Kovalchik said.