The Northampton Area School District is realizing a savings of more than $2.5 million in refinancing costs after restructuring bonds during an Internet auction.
"You did an excellent job in maintaining your excellent credit rating," Jamie L. Doyle, director, Public Financial Management Inc., NASD financial consultant, told administrators and school board members at the Feb. 11 meeting.
It's called "Burlesque to Broadway," but the song and dance revue, 7:30 p.m. March 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, is much more, according to its star.
"It's a celebration of women, from Burlesque to Broadway and beyond," says Quinn Lemley, star of the show with co-stars, Sara Brophy, portraying Raz, a Rosalind Russell character, and Amanda Brantley, portraying Gracie, based on Gracie Allen. They're backed by a 10-piece orchestra.
"The show is like a young Bette Midler meets 'Chicago,' " Lemley says.
Just when one thought that France's "Rust and Bone" set the mark for depressing cinema, there's "Amour."
"Amour" was nominated for five Oscars, picture, actress (Emmanuelle Riva), director (Michael Haneke), original screenplay (Haneke) and foreign-language film (Austria's entry). The film won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
In "Amour," Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are retired music teachers who are in their 80s. After Anne has successive strokes, Georges promised her that he will not place here in a long-term care facility.
"Side Effects" is a good crime thriller with a twist that you probably won't see coming.
Jude Law plays Dr. Jonathan Banks, a psychiatrist who is paid as a consultant for a pharmaceutical company that is doing trials with a new drug.
One of his clients, Emily (Rooney Mara), is institutionalized after she negotiates an NGRI plea (Not Guilty For Reasons of Insanity) plea over the death of her husband Martin (Channing Tatum).
Law consults with Dr. Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Emily's previous psychiatrist, who may or may not be withholding information from him.
School Board Appreciation Month was celebrated at the Jan. 31 Northampton Area School Board meeting with cards from students, a banner, and coffee and cookies.
"I want to thank them for their service on the board of education," said district Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik. "It takes a unique person to serve on a board of education in this world. It's the purest form of government because they don't get paid."
He noted that several board members have 10-plus years of service, including board President David Gogel, board Vice President Jane Erdo and board member Jean Rundle.
Fashionistas in Northampton Area School District, take note: Mark 6:30 p.m. March 25 in Northampton Area High School auditorium on your calendar.
It won't exactly be TV's "Project Runway" with Heidi Klum.
Call it "Project Konkrete Kid."
On March 25, NASD administration officials and the school board will detail the proposed dress code for students K-12.
"Django Unchained," with five Oscar nominations, has been on my must-see list of movies in theatrical release.
Still, there was trepidation about seeing "Django Unchained." I delayed seeing Quentin Tarantino's latest opus and an opus it is because of advance word about its depiction of graphic violence and the extensive use of the "N" word.
That said, "Django Unchained" deserves the Oscar Picture, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Cinematography and Sound Editing nominations.
Look sharp, Konkrete Kids, a student dress code is again under consideration.
The issue of a student dress code, which brought out hundreds of students and parents to meetings several years ago in the Northampton Area High School auditorium, will again be taken up by the Northampton Area School District administration and board of education.
A draft policy of the student dress code was given to the NASD school board at the Jan. 31 meeting. The policy was not made available to the public.
The new Northampton Area High School Principal is a "Konkrete Kid."
The appointment of Steven Seier, a member of the Northampton Area High School Class of 1983, was approved by a 8-0 vote, with one board member absent Jan. 31, by the Northampton Area School Board.
"He's coming back home to the high school," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik. "We feel he'll be a definite asset."
Seier is assistant principal at Hamburg Area High School in the Hamburg Area School District.
Results of the bid opening for the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Project are expected to be reviewed at the 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 Northampton Area School Board meeting.
The bids were to be opened at a public meeting, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at the Northampton Area High School auditorium. Members of the public may attend the bid opening.
"The project is out to bid," Jay Clough, principal, KCBA, project architect, told NASD administration and school board officials at the Jan. 31 meeting.