Gogel, Frantz reappointed to lead school board
The president and vice president of Northampton Area School District Board of Education were re-elected at the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 4.
David Gogel was re-elected board president. Chuck Frantz was re-elected board vice president. The vote for each position was unanimous, 9-0, at the meeting.
Frantz, re-elected to a four-year term in the November general election, took the oath of office, administered by Denise Vilkauskas, NASD secretary to the superintendent and school board secretary, along with school Directors Chuck Longacre and Roy Maranki, each re-elected to four-year terms; John Becker, re-elected to a two-year term; and Ross Makary, newly elected and succeeding Judy Odenwelder, who didn’t seek re-election, to a four-year term.
After the approximate 30-minute reorganization meeting, school directors adjourned and reconvened their regular board meeting, which lasted about 20 minutes and during which directors voted 9-0 to approve, among other items:
• The resignation of Mark Scisly as Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids head football coach, effective Nov. 28
• A resolution to authorize the school board president and/or district superintendent to execute an agreement of sale for a property at 784 Blue Mountain Road, Walnutport. The house and land are adjacent to Lehigh Elementary School. Information about how the property will be utilized in the new elementary school project is to be announced, NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik told a reporter for The Press following the Dec. 4 meeting.
“It will enhance the project,” Kovalchik said.
From the road, facing the school, the property is to the right, or south, side of the school.
• $1,450,000 for district facility capital maintenance projects — $400,000 for new Lehigh Elementary School debt funding and $103,402 for other post-employee benefits obligations as committed fund balance reserves
• $19,224 for Chromebook reserve as assigned fund balance reserve. The funds will be used to replace Chromebooks that were damaged for students in grades 6-12.
During the reorganization meeting, school directors voted 9-0 to approve the dates and location for 2018 board meetings, which are 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month in the administration building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton, with the exception of meeting dates in May, November and December.
School Director Robert Mentzell was appointed 4-0 by incumbent board members Gogel, Dr. Michael Baird, James Chuss and himself to preside over the voting for board officers.
Results of the Nov. 7 general election for NASD Board of Education races, based on the Northampton County elections website page, are:
• Region 1 — Roy J. Maranki, Democrat: 713, Allen Township; 359, Lehigh Township (Central); 435, Lehigh Township (Danielsville); 324, Lehigh Township (Pennsville); 246, Lehigh Township (Treichlers); 145, Lehigh Township (Northwestern). Total: 2,222
• Region 1 — John Becker, Democrat: 710, Allen Township; 361, Lehigh Township (Central); 450, Lehigh Township (Danielsville); 330, Lehigh Township (Pennsville); 254, Lehigh Township (Treichlers); 145, Lehigh Township (Northwestern). Total: 2,250
• Region 2 — Chuck Frantz, Democrat: 338, East Allen Township (Eastern); 456, East Allen Township (Western); 280, Northampton Borough 1; 281, Northampton Borough 2; 474, Northampton Borough 3; 98, Northampton Borough 4. Total: 1,927
• Region 2 — Ross Makary, Democrat: 304, East Allen Township (Eastern); 409, East Allen Township (Western); 250, Northampton Borough 1; 253, Northampton Borough 2; 414, Northampton Borough 3; 86, Northampton Borough 4. Total: 1,716
• Region 3 — Chuck Longacre, Democrat: 273, Bath Borough; 28, Chapman Borough; 323, Moore Township (Beersville); 576, Moore Township (Eastern); 458, Moore Township (Klecknersville); 241, Moore Township (Point Phillips). Total: 1,899