District hires borough schools assistant principal
An Allentown school administrator will become the new assistant principal of Borough Elementary Schools in Northampton Area School District.
Cora Snyder was hired as assistant principal of Borough Elementary Schools, effective July 1, at a salary of $78,000, with benefits, by a vote of 8-0 by the NASD board of education, with one school director absent at the March 27 meeting.
After the vote, Snyder told directors and administrators, “I just want to thank you for welcoming me on board. It’s a very family feeling in the district.”
Snyder has been acting assistant principal at Roosevelt Elementary School in Allentown School District.
Prior to that, she was a sixth-grade teacher at South Mountain Middle School, also ASD, for four months. She taught at Central Elementary School and for nine years at Lehigh Parkway Elementary School in ASD.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in education from Cabrini College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University, where she also completed her principal certification.
Snyder lives in Macungie with her husband, Christopher, and their children, Tyler, 13, and Kayla, 7.
Renee Sallit, who was appointed principal of Borough Elementary Schools March 13, and school directors and administrators greeted Snyder. Sallit was acting principal of borough schools after being assistant principal for the schools.
In other business at the March 27 meeting, school directors voted 8-0 to approve summer education enrichment programs for students:
• KTO summer school/Keystone preparation courses in literature, algebra I and biology. The courses are funded through the Year No. 5 KTO grant at no cost to NASD;
• Title I summer camp in reading and math for 160 students in grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 4. The cost for the eight-day summer camp is $20 per student. The fee is returned at the conclusion of the camp to students with no unexcused absences. This Super Heroes-themed event is funded through the 2016-17 Title I grant;
• Camp Invention and Invention Project summer enrichment programs, June 19-22, at Siegfried Elementary School and Northampton Area Middle School. Student cost for the four-day summer STEM activities programs is $145 for students in grades 3-5 and $175 for students in grades 6-8. The reduced prices are made possible by a contribution from the Northampton Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation. There is no cost to NASD for the programs.
“We’re trying to expand, with a minimal cost, to continue education,” said NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik after the vote.
Added school board President David Gogel, “A lot of enrichment ideas for our students for this summer.”
School directors voted 8-0 to approve the 2017-18 Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 general operating budget of $3,403,740 with an NASD contribution of $40,887.53 required to fund the budget.
School directors heard 2017-18 budget presentations from Northampton Community College (NCC) President Dr. Mark H. Erickson and Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School (BAVTS) Executive Director Adam Lazarchak.
NASD is being asked to contribute $22,560 to the NCC 2017-18 budget and $118,964 to the BAVTS 2017-18 budget.
Consideration of votes to approve the NCC and BAVTS budgets and NASD’s contributions are expected to be on the agenda of an upcoming school board meeting.
The NASD board next meets at 6:30 p.m. April 10.