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

    It's hard to believe that I am beginning my 10th year as the Superintendent of the Northampton Area School District, and we are entering the 2019-2020 school year. It's because of the community, staff, and students that we continue to make progress and are recognized as a progressive School District throughout the area. This year, we will continue to work to move forward in all areas of the District.  The following are some of the goals for this school year.  

    The District Mission Statement, which was adopted 9 years ago, will be discussed and updated to fit our current expectations for our students, District, and community.  As stated, much has changed in the District over the years, and our Mission Statement must identify the expectations for our current and future students. Committees will work together to form the language of our new Mission Statement which will guide our District into the coming years.  

    Standards Based Reporting at the elementary level will be introduced in grades K, 1, and 2. The purpose of the new reporting system is to provide a clearer account of your child's performance on grade level expectations. You will receive more information about this initiative this school year.  

    The District broke ground on the new Lehigh Elementary School this past April. We are scheduled to open the school for the 2021-2022 school year. The school will benefit our students and community for many, many years to come.  

    Project PRIDE, the one-to-one digital learning device program, continues to expand. All Northampton Area School District students have access to a digital device and enhanced learning opportunities. We will continue to explore ways to expand these opportunities for our staff and students.  

    This past school year, the District trained all students and staff in the A.L.I.C.E. safety model. We will continue using this model and practicing the necessary drills and trainings so that we can provide the safest environment for our students and staff. The District Wide Safety Committee is planning a Safety Night for the school community this fall.  More information about the program will be sent to you as we approach the start of this school year.

    The arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities involving our students flourished this past school year. We are hoping to continue our successes and provide our students with these valuable learning opportunities outside the regular school day.  

    I would like to send a special thank you to the Konkrete Kid Educational Foundation, PTAs, and Booster Clubs for their support over the years. I am looking forward to our continued partnership this school year.  

    By working together, we will continue to provide our community with the opportunities to succeed. I want to thank you for your cooperation and continued support as we work to progress for the benefit of our students and our community.

    SUPERINTENDENT'S PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE 2018-19 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 2018-2019 school year.