Superintendent

  • Superintendent

    Joseph S. Kovalchik
    District Administration Building
    2014 Laubach Ave.
    Northampton, PA 18067
    610-262-7811 x20200
    Email:  kovalchj@nasdschools.org

    Secretary to Superintendent

    Denise Vilkauskas
    District Administration Building
    2014 Laubach Ave.
    Northampton, PA 18067
    610-262-7811 x20202
    Email:  vilkausd@nasdschools.org

     

    MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

    The 2019/2020 school year is one that none of us will forget. COVID 19 affected the entire world in every aspect. Before the Governor ordered the closing of schools, the District was already moving forward with our educational, safety, facilities, technology, and community outreach plans. All of these plans halted on March 16, 2020, when PA schools officially closed. Then, all of our attention turned to educating our students from home with the use of District technology. 

    We are fortunate in the Northampton Area School District to have a supportive Board of Education, community, students, parents, and staff. Because of their support, a few years ago the NASD administration made a request to the Board of Education to purchase technology devices for all of our K-12 students. The Board approved the request with the support of our parents and community. Because of this approval, our District was able to move forward in providing a 21st century education for all students like never before. 

    Due to COVID 19, schools most likely will be required to change the way they offer educational programs from this time forward. Our District has been preparing for the new educational challenges for years by increasing the use of technology, providing online courses, the NASD Cyber School, dual enrollment, and much more. We will continue to offer and enhance these options for our students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

    During the 2020-2021 school year, we also will strive to provide a safe and sound educational program for our students. In addition, we will collaborate with our community to assist those in need, develop plans that focus on equity for all, improve facilities, and provide timely and accurate communication. 

    There are many obstacles that we will have to overcome this school year, but Michael Jordan said, "Obstacles don't stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."  During the 2019-2020 school year, the District hit many obstacles, but we worked to overcome each one. We will continue to hit obstacles during the 2020-2021 school year, and in each case, we will strive to conquer each one for the benefit of our students. 

    I promise you that the District will never “turn around.” We will continue to move forward and provide our students and community with what they deserve, only the best.

     

    SUPERINTENDENT'S PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR:

    (1) Student Growth and Achievement:  Superintendent uses multiple data sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to the needs within the School District and as determined periodically in collaboration with the Board.  Such sources may include Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exams, Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System and other assessment tools.

    (2)  Organizational Leadership:  Superintendent works collaboratively with the Board to develop a vision for the School District, works collaboratively with the School District administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized and works to influence the climate and culture of the School District.

    (3)  District Operations and Financial Management:  Superintendent manages effectively, ensuring completion of activities associated with the annual budget; overseeing distribution of resources in support of the School District priorities; and directing overall operational activities within the School District.

    (4)  Communication and Community Relations:  Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the Board and members of the community, clearly articulating the School District's goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the School District, and building support for School District initiatives, programs and short/long-range plans.

    (5) Human Resources Management:  Superintendent incorporates best practices for human resource management and oversight, coordinating staffing, recruitment, and other human resource functions.

    (6)  Professionalism:  Superintendent models professional decision making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania's public education system as well as that of the local community.  Superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon his effectiveness within the role, and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.

    (7)  Staff Development and Training:  Superintendent designates days and hours to staff development and training to assure that the School District professional employees and support personnel perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

    (8)  Liability and Risk Management:  Superintendent incorporates best practices to minimize liability risks in general and risks of bodily injury to students, staff, visitors, and property on School District property and at School District events.

    The Superintendent has met the above Performance Standards for the 2019-2020 school year.