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School district community education program to continue

The community education program will continue this fall in Northampton Area School District.

The NASD Board of Education voted 8-0, with one school director absent, to approve the continuation of the community education program with Sandra Bischof as program coordinator at a stipend of $2,000 for the fall session of the 2022-23 school year.

Also approved was a list of anticipated community education classes and roster of instructors with stipends for the 2022-23 school year.

The classes include water aerobics, yoga and country line dancing.

In other business at the July 18 meeting, directors voted 8-0 to approve Mary Frantz, supervisor of technical support services, effective July 19, with an annual prorated salary of $67,000, with benefits; Jamie Lasko, Northampton Area High School Spanish teacher, as of Aug. 22, at $57,155, with benefits; Meagan Sherry, NAHS family consumer science teacher, as of Aug. 22, at $58,566, with benefits; Alyssa Reynard, NAHS English teacher, effective Aug. 22, at $57,766, with benefits; Joseph Winter, special education instructional assistant, NAHS, effective Aug. 22, at $17.63 per hour; Lori Cassidy, Northampton Area Middle School long-term substitute English teacher, effective Aug. 22, for 2022-23 school year, at $60,303; Diana Meckes, NAMS special education instructional assistant, effective Aug. 22, at $17.63 per hour; Maggy Alexander-Michel, 12-month curriculum secretary, effective Aug. 1, at $24.29 per hour, with benefits; and Jeffrey Erschen, maintenance II, effective July 19, at $24.89 per hour, with benefits.

School board members also approved the resignations of Diane Lloyd, special education instructional assistant, for retirement, effective June 2; Susan Transue, science teacher, for retirement, as of Dec. 22; Kelsey Binder, English teacher, effective Aug. 4; Nicole Strain, elementary library science teacher, effective June 3; and Steven Kachmar, supervisor of psychological services, as of June 30.

Also approved were half-year sabbaticals for Cornelius McHugh, professional development, second semester 2022-23 school year, and Laura McHugh, professional development, second semester 2022-23 school year.

Other approvals made included:

• Rescind Dayna Younis, school psychologist intern, at $15,000 for 2022-23 school year

• Assistants to athletic director, effective 2022-23 school year: Daniele Bowman, fall season, $4,250; Michael Missmer, winter, spring seasons; $4,250 per season

• Revised 2022-23 fall season head coaches and assistant coaches with designated payments, July 1-June 30, 2023

• Revised and new policies for adoption: 605-tax levy; 622-GASB statement 34; 626.1-travel reimbursement policy; 706.1-furniture and equipment; 827-conflict of interest

• NASD temporary emergency provisions in accordance with Section 520.1 of the school code beginning with school year 2022-23 that accounts for at least 180 instruction days and 990 hours of instruction at the secondary level and 900 hours of instruction at the elementary level; the temporary emergency provisions shall remain in effect during 2022-23; the temporary emergency provisions attached hereto shall be signed by the superintendent of schools and the president of the board of school directors and submitted to the Pennsylvania secretary of education for approval. The administration is authorized to carry out and implement the temporary emergency provisions. The secretary of the school board shall, if required by PDE, certify the school board minutes at which the temporary emergency provisions were approved by the school board.

• Contract for special education teacher to provide school-based special education services not to exceed $22,491

• The following 2022 real estate tax exonerations: Route 329 property (parcel L5 1 12), NASD, $1,036.21, tax-exempt entity; Route 329 property (parcel L5 1 12B), NASD, $11.14, tax-exempt entity; and Route 329 property (parcel L5 1 12C), NASD, $105.85, tax-exempt entity

• Settlement of real estate tax assessment appeal filed in Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, docket No. C-48-CV-2019-10156, by NASD against BKWF Holdings LLC for tax parcel No. K6 18 1B-11 0508 effective for tax years July 1, 2020, July 1, 2021, and July 1, and pursuant to the settlement stipulation, and further approve and authorize the school district’s Attorney Raymond P. Wendolowski to execute the settlement

• Secondary and elementary school handbooks for 2022-23 school year

The board of education next meets 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the auditorium of NAHS, 1619 Laubach Ave., Northampton.