Northampton Press

Sunday, October 20, 2019
PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEINFor 2019, Northampton Area School District Board of Education members include, sitting, from left, Vice President Chuck Frantz, NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik, President David Gogel and Ross Makary; standing, from left, John Becker, James Chuss, Dr. Michael Baird, Chuck Longacre, Roy Maranki and Robert Mentzell. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEINFor 2019, Northampton Area School District Board of Education members include, sitting, from left, Vice President Chuck Frantz, NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik, President David Gogel and Ross Makary; standing, from left, John Becker, James Chuss, Dr. Michael Baird, Chuck Longacre, Roy Maranki and Robert Mentzell.

Gogel, Frantz to again lead NASD board

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Local News

Directors approve bonds issuance for new Lehigh Elementary School building project

David Gogel was re-elected president and Chuck Frantz was re-elected vice president of the board of education of Northampton Area School District at the Dec. 3 reorganization meeting. Both ran unopposed and were voted unanimously.

At the regular Dec. 3 board meeting, which immediately followed the reorganization meeting, school directors approved the issuance of bonds for the Lehigh Township Elementary School project.

School directors voted 9-0 to authorize the administration to work with PFM Financial Advisers LLC, district financial consulting firm, for the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2019, in the approximate amount of $9,995,000 for the purpose of funding a portion of the new Lehigh Elementary School project.

Jamie Doyle, managing director, PFM, made the bonds issuance presentation at the Nov. 19 school board meeting. An Internet auction for the bonds is to be held Jan. 14, 2019. Settlement is to be Feb. 20, 2019.

NASD is financing the $35,788,356 school project at 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport, Lehigh Township, through a series of general obligation bonds. The first bonds, Series of 2018, for $9,980,000, were issued in May.

School directors voted 9-0 to approve dates for its 2019 board meetings, which continue at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays, with a few exceptions, in the district administration building.

School directors voted 9-0 to approve school directors to serve on board committees, including Act 93, Dr. Michael Baird and Gogel; contract negotiations, Roy Maranki, Frantz and Gogel; employee benefit trust, Baird; expulsion, John Becker, Robert Mentzell, Frantz and Gogel; facilities, James Chuss, Chuck Longacre, Becker and Maranki; K-Kids Foundation, Ross Makary; meet and discuss, Becker and Mentzell; NASD Community Council liaison, Frantz, Maranki and Mentzell; Pennsylvania School Boards Association liaison, Baird and Longacre (alternate); policy, Becker, Maranki and Mentzell; Northampton Area Public Library liaison, vacant; safe schools, Chuss, Frantz, Makary and Maranki; and technology, Chuss and Longacre.

Gogel and Longacre were appointed 9-0 to the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School Authority.

At the school board meeting, directors voted 9-0 to approve, at the recommendation of the administration:

Jacob Stopay, English special education teacher, Siegfried Elementary School, effective upon release from his position, at $51,555, with benefits

Shamarie Boreman, long-term substitute special education instructional assistant, Moore Elementary School, effective Nov. 29 through the 2018-19 school year, at $10.53 per hour

Extension of employment of Crystal Becker, long-term substitute guidance counselor, Nothampton Area Middle School, effective start of second semester 2018-19 school year, at $290.97, per diem

Extension of employment of Mildred Gomez, long-term substitute Spanish teacher, Northampton Area High School, effective start of second semester 2018-19 school year, at $274.23, per diem

Resignation of Bobbi Beidleman, assistant cheerleading coach, effective Nov. 28

Resignation for disability retirement of Mariacruz Urtasun, effective Jan. 18, 2019, and waiver for obligation to return to service upon conclusion of medical sabbatical leave

Resignation of Katherine Carney, guidance counselor, effective Jan. 18, 2019

Resignation of Krista Atiyeh, health room instructional assistant, NAMS, effective Dec. 12

Additions and deletions to substitute listing for 2018-19 school year

Revised master district volunteer list for 2018-19 school year

Appointment of Matthew Sawarynski as primary tax collection committee voting delegate for NASD during the 2019 calendar year

A three-year service agreement with Reading Elevator Service Inc., Reading, for the administration building elevator at an annual cost of $3,300, with a 0-percent increase for January 2019 through December 2021

Directors also approved the following fund balance amounts and classifications:

$295,419 for inventory and $155,113 for prepaid expenses as nonspendable fund balance reserves

$71,278 for Chromebook reserve as assigned fund balance reserve

$1,200,000 for facility capital maintenance project as committed fund balance reserves

Bills for payment and 2018-19 budget transfers were approved as well.

The school board next meets 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the administration building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.