Northampton Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

School board OKs district plan

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in School

The Northampton Area School District comprehensive plan has been approved.

NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to approve the plan, on the recommendation of the administration.

“Our comprehensive plan is a plan put together by our district community,” said Lydia Hanner, NASD director of curriculum and instruction, when she reviewed the plan at the Sept. 24 school board meeting.

The five-year plan includes “an action plan — where we’ve been, where we’re going and concerns we have,” according to Hanner.

Approximately 84 people — including NASD administration officials, teachers and students, community members, including parents and businessmen and women, — contributed to the plan.

The district-level comprehensive plan for 2019-23 is available on the NASD website, at district school buildings and at Northampton Area Public Library.

The 132-page comprehensive plan was posted Sept. 21 on the NASD website: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16FrKt6qVnplCc_d8GHPwKxTDrC9KSwO4/view

In other business at the Oct. 22 meeting, school directors voted 9-0 to approve, on recommendation of the administration:

David Douglass, special education 1:1 instructional assistant at Northampton Area Middle School, effective retroactive to Oct. 11, at a salary of $12.59 per hour, with benefits;

Miranda Spengler, long-term substitute math teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year, at a salary of $290.97 per diem;

Rachel Fackenthall, long-term substitute special education teacher at Siegfried Elementary School, effective Oct. 23 through the end of the 2018-19 school year, at a salary of $278.48 per diem;

Resignation of Megan Gogal as special education instructional assistant, effective Oct. 12;

Resignation of Denise Cole as cafeteria monitor, effective Oct. 19; and

Curtis Dimmick, Moore Elementary School principal, and Elizabeth Grammes, Northampton Area Middle School assistant principal, to attend the 2018 Center for Safe Schools Conference, Dec. 11-12, Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg, at an estimated cost of $1,226.20.