• Northampton Area School District

    THE MORNING AFTER
    A capsule of the board of education’s deliberations and actions
    MAY 4, 2020

    (Unofficial Summary Subject to Revision) 

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

          • Under the authority of Board Policy 003, approve for Board meeting May 4, 2020, a temporary suspension of a portion of Board Policy 006.1, which provides in relevant part as follows: "A majority of Board members shall be physically present at a Board meeting when a Board member attends through electronic communications".  The suspension is appropriately invoked due to the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus which has been declared to be a pandemic.
          • Employee #3294, a paid childrearing leave of absence, beginning August 24, 2020, through September

          9, 2020, an unpaid FMLA childrearing leave of absence, beginning September 10, 2020, through December 7, 2020, with insurance, as per Federal Government regulations, and an unpaid childrearing leave of absence beginning December 8, 2020, for the remainder of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, no insurance.

          • Adoption of the following policies and attachments, effective May 4, 2020: 1 – Attendance at

          Meetings Via Electronic Communications; 335 – Attachment - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Leave Provisions;435 – Attachment – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Leave Provisions;       535 – Attachment - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Leave Provisions;  626 – Federal Fiscal Compliance; 628 – Tax Assessment Appeals; 913 – Rename to Nonschool Organizations/Groups/Individual; 913.1 – Flyer Information/Distribution; 918 – Title I Parent and Family Involvement; 918 – Attachment A – George Wolf Parent and Family Involvement Guidelines 2019/2020; 918 – Attachment B – Borough Parent and Family Involvement Guidelines 2019/2020

          • Authorize the School Board President to execute the deeds and easements as required and contemplated

          by the Development Agreement entered into between Northampton Area School District (the School District) and JW Development Partners (JW).  The documents consist of the following deeds and easements and their exhibits:

          1. Deed (revised) – Conveyance from NASD to JW for improvements along Rte. 329 and new Seemsville Road.
          2. Permanent Drainage and Utility Easement Agreement and Access Easement Agreement – Conveyance from NASD to JW – Easement for access and maintenance of Stormwater management areas between New Seemsville Road, Seemsville Road and Route 329.
          3. Exhibits A-1 and A-2 that get attached to the Permanent Drainage and Utility Easement Agreement referenced in #2 above.
          4. Deed of Dedication NASD to East Allen Township – Old Seemsville Road (Cul de Sacs + Snow Storage easement areas).
          5. Deed of Dedication NASD to East Allen Township – Bernie Way + Exhibits A-1 Legal Description and A-2 Plan. Bernie Way will be a Township Road.
          6. Deed of Dedication NASD to East Allen Township – Bernie Way Utility Easements.
          7. Temporary Construction Easement NASD to JW – for installation of street trees.
          8. Exhibits A-1 and A-2 that are attached to the Temporary Construction Easement for street trees installation.
          9. Exhibits A-1 and A-2 for attachment to Deed – See Item # 1 above.
          10. Exhibits B-1 and B-2 for attachment to Deed – See Item # 1 above.
          • A five (5) year contract starting July 1, 2020, through May 31, 2025, between Access Security and the

          District at a first year cost of $2,055.00 per month. 

          • A three (3) year contract starting June 1, 2020, through May 31, 2023, between Direct Energy and the

          District.

          • The School Board has determined that the mechanical construction contract for the Siegfried Elementary

          School approved and awarded on April 8, 2020, to Myco Mechanical, Inc., (Myco) for the amount of $2,419,000.00 (the Siegfried Project) is critical school construction.  

          The School Board’s determination that the Siegfried Project constitutes critical school onstruction is

          consistent with the Department of Education (PDE) Guidance issued on or about March 27, 2020, in response to the Governor’s Order issued on March 6, 2020, proclaiming a state-wide disaster emergency caused by COVID-19.  The PDE Guidance provides that critical school construction may continue; provided that the school district and contractor(s) employ social distancing and other mitigation measures as may be established by the PA Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

          In accordance with amendments issued on April 20, 2020, of previous business closure orders of the

          Governor and PA Secretary of Health, businesses engaged in construction that have or will be permitted to resume work, shall be subject to the safety guidance issued by the Commonwealth on April 23, 2020, that has an effective date of May 1, 2020, (the Safety Guidance).  Until further Orders or guidance are issued that amend or lift the requirements set forth therein, Myco must adhere to the State imposed requirements as set forth in the Safety Guidance in order to perform construction at the Siegfried Project.  Myco shall obtain a copy of the Safety Guidance, which is also available from the School District upon request.  

          Myco shall cooperate with the School District or agent of the School District to prepare a contractor

          safety plan that incorporates and complies with the applicable Orders and Guidance issued by the Commonwealth.

          • Adopt the 2020-2021 Proposed General Fund/ Athletic Fund/ & Food Services Budget with a zero

          percent tax increase with the total revenues and expenditures listed below and authorize administration to advertise and make the Proposed Budget available for public inspection:

                                              General Fund             $113,155,699

                                              Food Service Fund        $2,504,747

                                                          Athletic Fund                   $258,743   

          • Award the 2020-21 Supply Bids as follows:

                                              Cleaning                     $  76,454.54

                                              Maintenance               $  44,715.63

                                              Total                           $121,170.17

          • Lunch prices for the 2020-21 school year as follows:

                                                                      Elementary                 Secondary

                              Student                               $ 2.40                       $ 2.60

                              Student Entrée Only          $ 2.25                       $ 2.40 

                     

                      Student Milk (1/2 pint)      $ 0.60             $ 0.60

                                  Adult - $3.75;   Adult Entrée Only - Range $2.50 to $3.50

          • A la Carte prices for the 2020-21 school year.
          • Bids for Paper and Janitorial Supplies, Bid No. NMPCJPB-DP/JS-2020-2021, in the amount of

          $83,497.32 as awarded by the Northampton/Monroe/Pike County Joint Purchasing Board.

          • Appoint the District as Tax Collector for Allen Township, Bath Borough, East Allen Township, Lehigh

          Township, Moore Township, Northampton Borough, and Chapman Borough to collect real estate and per capita taxes for 2020-2021.

          • Bills for Payment.
          • Approve the settlement of the real estate tax assessment appeal filed in the Court of Common Pleas of

          Northampton County at Docket No. C-48-CV-2019-10171 by the Northampton Area School District against Century Commerce Center LLC for Tax Parcel No. L4 9 8 0501 effective for School District tax year beginning July 1, 2020, and pursuant to the Settlement Stipulation, and further approve and authorize the School District’s attorney, Raymond P. Wendolowski, Esquire, to execute the Settlement Stipulation on behalf of the School District. 

          Approve the settlement of the real estate tax assessment appeal filed in the Court of Common Pleas of

          Northampton County at Docket No. C-48-CV-2019-10153 by the Northampton Area School District against Century Commerce Center LLC for Tax Parcel No. L4 9 81 0501 effective for School District tax year beginning July 1, 2020, and pursuant to the Settlement Stipulation, and further approve and authorize the School District’s attorney, Raymond P. Wendolowski, Esquire, to execute the Settlement Stipulation on behalf of the School District.

          Approve the settlement of the real estate tax assessment appeal filed in the Court of Common Pleas of

          Northampton County at Docket No. C-48-CV-2019-10154 by the Northampton Area School District against Century Commerce Center LLC for Tax Parcel No. L4 9 82 0501 effective for School District tax year beginning July 1, 2020, and pursuant to the Settlement Stipulation, and further approve and authorize the School District’s attorney, Raymond P. Wendolowski, Esquire, to execute the Settlement Stipulation on behalf of the School District.

          Approve the settlement of the real estate tax assessment appeal filed in the Court of Common Pleas of

          Northampton County at Docket No. C-48-CV-2019-10155 by the Northampton Area School District against Century Commerce Center LLC for Tax Parcel No. L4 9 83 0501 effective for School District tax year beginning July 1, 2020, and pursuant to the Settlement Stipulation, and further approve and authorize the School District’s attorney, Raymond P. Wendolowski, Esquire, to execute the Settlement Stipulation on behalf of the School District.