• Northampton Area School District

    THE MORNING AFTER

     

    A Capsule of the board of education’s deliberations and actions

    Regular board meeting

    December 16, 2019

    (Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision)

     

    At the regular meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved the following:

    • Employee #4669, an unpaid FMLA leave of absence extension, through December 6, 2019, with insurance, as per Federal Government regulations, and an unpaid leave of absence effective December 9, 2019, through on or about December 19, 2019, no insurance.
    • Resignation of David Read, English Teacher, for the purpose of retirement, effective at the end of the day on March 26, 2020, or the last day of the third marking period of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Revised Master District Volunteer List for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Additions and deletions to the Substitute Listing for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Resignation of Kimberly Mooney from the position of Assistant Principal, effective at the end of the day on January 10, 2020.
    • Employment Agreement between the Northampton Area School District and Patrice Turner as PE Special Education Teacher at Moore Elementary School effective December 17, 2019.  Her salary will be $94,187, prorated, with benefits, based on a MA+45, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between NASD and NAEA.
    • Transfer of Dr. Lori Kuhns to Acting Principal of the Northampton Area Middle School, effective December 17, 2019, with no increase in salary.
    • Katie Peluszak, Special Education Instructional Assistant at the Middle School, effective January 6, 2020.  Her salary will be $13.07 per hour, with benefits, in accordance with the ESPA Agreement.
    • The School District Solicitor to execute the Settlement Stipulation which is intended to be adopted as a Court Order of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.   The Court Order will declare that the development of the School District Property related to the realignment of Seemsville Road, the construction and maintenance of stormwater collection facilities on the School District property, the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Route 329 and the realigned Seemsville Road and the extension of utility services to the School District Property do not violate the Deed condition that the School District land be used for educational and related purposes.  The Court Order will also declare that the Deed condition related to the rehabilitation and maintenance of the School District Property in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and guidelines for rehabilitating historic buildings has no application to the School District Property since it is undeveloped and vacant land and therefore, the Deed condition is null and void.
    • Agreement for Special Education legal services with Eastburn and Gray, P.C., effective January 1, 2020, pursuant to the Agreement.
    • Issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series A of 2020, in the maximum amount of $7,000,000, for the purpose of the current refunding of the General Obligation Bonds, Series A of 2012, provided that a net minimum savings of $75,000 is achieved.
    • Issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2020, in the maximum amount of $11,500,000, for the purpose of funding the next phase in the financing plan of the new Lehigh Elementary School Project.
    • Issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series AA of 2020, in the maximum amount of $12,000,000, for the purpose of the current refunding of the General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2015, provided that a net minimum savings of $150,000 is achieved.
    • A refund of real estate taxes in the amount of $1,273.00 for a portion of the School District fiscal year from July 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, payable to MGMJ Holding Company for Tax Parcel No.  M4NW2A-2-1 0522 located in the Borough of Northampton, currently owned by MGMJ Holding Company (formerly owned by PAJ Ventures, L.P.)  The      refund amount is based on both the Stipulation of Counsel and Court Order that provided for a settlement of the real estate tax assessment appeal filed by PAJ Ventures, L.P. in the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County at Docket No. C-48-CV-2017-9592 effective for    School District fiscal years beginning July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019, and Northampton County’s change in the assessment value effective January 1, 2019, which change served to supersede the change of assessment set forth in the Stipulation Counsel and Court Order for that portion of the fiscal year from January 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019, and for the entire fiscal year 2019-2020.
    • Treasurer’s Report.
    • Bills for Payment.
    • The Board President to execute the Amendment of Agreement between the School District and Statewide Tax Recovery, Inc. which provides that Statewide shall continue to collect delinquent per capita taxes for tax year 2018 and all prior years thereto and that the responsibility to collect delinquent earned income taxes, delinquent occupational privilege taxes and delinquent per capita taxes for all years after 2018 shall be extinguished for the reasons set forth in the Amendment of Agreement.   The continued duty to collect delinquent per capita taxes shall end on May 31, 2021, at which time the Agreement will terminate and all tax records related to any remaining uncollected delinquent per capita taxes will be returned to the District.