Northampton Press

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEINNorthampton Area School District Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik welcomes new employees Shelley Ladd (left), guidance secretary at Northampton Area Middle School, and Amy Thatcher, special education Life Skills teacher at Northampton Area High School, during the June 10 NASD Board of Education meeting. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEINNorthampton Area School District Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik welcomes new employees Shelley Ladd (left), guidance secretary at Northampton Area Middle School, and Amy Thatcher, special education Life Skills teacher at Northampton Area High School, during the June 10 NASD Board of Education meeting.

Teachers appointed for the 2019-20 NASD academic year

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in School

New appointments have been made for the 2019-20 school year in Northampton Area School District. These include, approved by a 9-0 unanimous vote by school directors, at the recommendation of the administration, at the May 6 NASD Board of Education meeting:

• Emily Boyle, biology teacher, Northampton Area High School, effective Aug. 19, at an annual salary of $53,555, with benefits

• Amy Wright, school counselor, NAHS, effective Aug. 19, at an annual salary of $56,812, with benefits

• Krista Schrader, family and consumer science teacher, Northampton Area Middle School, effective Aug. 19, at an annual salary of $52,755, with benefits

• Megan Reed, English teacher, NAMS, effective Aug. 19, at an annual salary of $52,755, with benefits

• NASD teachers Cyndi Dolan, Beth Wolfel, Tammie Tacker and Sarah Krachie, special education instructional specialists, effective Aug. 20

• Bethany Frantz, middle shift custodian, Lehigh Elementary School, effective July 10, at $20.43 per hour, with benefits

• Justin Gober, maintenance II employee, effective June 17, at $22.55 per hour, with benefits

Staff approved by an 8-0 vote, with one school director absent, at the recommendation of the administration, at the April 29 meeting include:

• Fanny “Paola” Mosquera, Spanish teacher, NAHS, effective Aug. 19, at an annual salary of $53,555, with benefits

• Robynlynn Goodwin, 12-month NAHS head secretary, effective May 20, at $22.08 per hour, with benefits

• Barbra Plohocki, of Envira Health, to provide water testing at regular intervals in school buildings at a cost of $50 per sample

Approved by a 9-0 vote, at the recommendation of the administration, at the April 8 meeting were:

•J ill Stout, 12-month confidential secretary to NASD assistant superintendent, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $48,000, with benefits

Approved by a 9-0 vote, at the recommendation of the administration, at the March 11 meeting include:

• Christopher Soboleski, art teacher, NAMS, effective no more than 60 days after March 12, at an annual salary of $55,410, prorated, with benefits

In other business, the school board voted 9-0 at the June 24 meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, to approve:

• A contract for a special education teacher to provide school-based special education services not to exceed $8,100

• A contract with Therapy Bridges LLC to conduct a comprehensive independent occupational therapy evaluation at a cost not to exceed $1,900

Insurance coverage and amounts for the 2019-20 fiscal year are:

• Property, general liability/abuse/crime of boiler and machinery — Utica, $135,195

• Automobile — Utica, $20,534

• Excess liability — Utica, $12,630

• School board errors and omissions — AIG, $37,758

• Workers’ compensation — Key Risk, $214,811

• Student accident — US Fire, $87,000

• Fiduciary — Chubb, $4,371

• Law enforcement — PGU, $5,362

The school board voted 9-0 at the June 10 meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, to approve:

• A three-year service agreement with Engines Inc., Northampton, for service to eight NASD emergency generators, July 1 through June 30, 2022, at $5,165 for each year, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, plus load bank test, $5,200, for 2019-20

• Updated committed/assigned fund balance amounts — $9,278, Chromebook reserve as assigned fund balance reserve; and $1,000,000, districtwide capital improvements as committed fund balance reserves

• Contract renewal with EDU Healthcare for speech and language services at Col. John Siegfried Elementary School and/or other NASD buildings based on student need at a cost not to exceed $70,560

• Accept, with appreciation, donation of $1,021.66 from Lehigh Valley Community Benefit to pay outstanding debts of senior students

• The 2019 homestead and farmstead real estate tax reduction at $112.96 with a 2019 homestead and farmstead real estate assessed value reduction at $2,058

• A five-year chiller service agreement for $14,935 per year with Trane U.S. Inc., effective July 1 to June 30, 2024

• School board president to execute temporary construction easement to allow temporary access to property bordering Blue Mountain Drive for work by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the issuance of a highway occupancy permit for Lehigh Elementary project

Also, the school board voted 8-0, with one school director absent, at the May 20 meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, to approve:

• A three-year service agreement with Oliver Fire Protection of King of Prussia, with a 0-percent increase to test and inspect fire protection sprinkler systems at the schools of Franklin Elementary, Col. John Siegfried Elementary, Washington Elementary, NAMS and NAHS: 2019-20 — $2,510; 2020-21 — $1,910; and 2021-22 — $1,910

The school board voted 9-0 at the May 6 meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, to approve:

• A three-year service agreement with Communication Systems Inc., Allentown, to service, inspect, test and document fire alarm systems at NAHS and NAMS, July 1 through June 30, 2022, with a 0-percent increase at the rate of $2,138 for each year for each school in the three-year contract, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22

• Reappoint Northampton Area School District Business Office, as 2019-20 NASD tax collector for Bath Borough, Chapman Borough, Allen Township, Moore Township, East Allen Township, Northampton Borough and Lehigh Township

• A two-year agreement, June 2019 through June 2021, for FirstNet services provided by AT&T at $5,132.34 per month

• Lunch prices for the 2019-20 school year — student: $2.30, elementary, and $2.50, secondary; student entree only: $2.15, elementary, and $2.30, secondary; student milk (1/2 pint): 55 cents, elementary, and 55 cents, secondary; adult: $3.75; and adult entree only: range, $2.50 to $3.50. A la carte prices for the 2019-20 school year were also set.