Program of studies approved
The new program of studies was approved for Northampton Area High School and a two-term school director was honored at the Nov. 20 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting.
School directors voted 7-0, with two directors absent, to approve the 2018-19 NAHS program of studies.
According to NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik, “The program will be presented to students, usually in small groups or classrooms. Information will be placed on the district website under the High School tab.”
The 2018-19 program was presented to the school board at the Nov. 6 meeting by NAHS Principal Robert Steckel and Assistant Principal Kimberly Levin. The goal of the changes in the course offerings, Steckel said, is “to increase the rigor at the high school.”
“The scheduling process will begin in January and run all the way until June,” Kovalchik told a reporter for the Northampton Press. “Parents and students will receive notifications throughout this time via emails, Schoology-Learning Management System.”
NASD requires a minimum class size of 15 students to ensure scheduling of a course.
Judy Odenwelder, who chose not to run for re-election to the school board, was honored with cake and coffee.
Odenwelder has represented Region 2, Borough of Northampton and East Allen Township. Her term ends in 2017. She is succeeded by Ross Makary.
Kovalchik lauded Odenwelder’s eight years as a school director, noting Nov. 20 was her final meeting as a director.
“As a board member, she’s dedicated to serve the board and community,” Kovalchik said, mentioning that Odenwelder, a retired school teacher, serves on the Northampton Area Public Library Board of Trustees.
“Judy has always had an open mind,” Kovalchik said.
“I really appreciate your work for the district and your friendship and your work for the community,” Kovalchik said.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting you all and working with you. The people I’ve met in this district take such a pride in the district. I think the district has made tremendous strides,” Odenwelder said.
The NASD School Board reorganization meeting begins 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, following by a regular board meeting in the administration building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.