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

    I am very proud to say that I am the Superintendent of the Northampton Area School District, a District that Learns from the Past, Listens to the Present, and Leads our Future. During the 2017-2018 school year, the District will continue to focus on current and new educational opportunities for our students, community, and staff. 

    Throughout the past several years, the District has enhanced the curriculum, improved facilities, expanded the related arts, increased access to technology, and addressed various societal issues. We will continue to focus and expand on these areas during this school year.  

    Last school year, the middle school completed its first full year of the one to one digital learning device program called Project PRIDE, where computers were made available for all students.  This year, Project PRIDE is expanding to the high school.  All students in grades 6 through 12 will have their own device.  Students in grades K-5 will have increased technology available to them as well.  The goal of this program is to provide students with access to a digital learning tool and more global learning opportunities. 

    Currently, parents and guardians have more access than ever to their child's educational progress.  Sapphire, Schoology, and various other methods of communication will continue this year.  This improved communication will allow us to work together to ensure the success of your child. 

    The District will continue to implement No Place for Hate, anti-bullying programs, career and college readiness, and drug and alcohol awareness programs.  Our goal is to create equal opportunities for ALL students in our District.  

    As in the past, we will continue to partner with the Northampton Area Konkrete Educational Foundation, booster clubs, and PTAs. The District appreciates all that you and these support organizations have done for our students and staff.  

    In my opinion, the best is yet to come for the Northampton Area School District.  I want to assure you that I will continue to explore new opportunities that will allow our students and the District to become even greater.

    I am looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year and working together with you to accomplish all of our goals.

     

    SUPERINTENDENT'S PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE 2016-17 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.