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The Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday to enter into a new contract for employment with superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla.

The five-year contract will contain the same terms as Pasquerilla’s current contract, which guarantees a 2 percent annual salary increase, and an additional 2 percent increase if the superintendent meets specific criteria set by the board. He was awarded the full 4 percent increase for the past fiscal year, so will start the new contract with a salary of $136,715.


Northgate's annual “Arts Odyssey" will be held next Friday, Feb. 27, 4:30-8 p.m. at the middle and senior high school. Described by assistant to the superintendent Francesca Lattari as "…an evening of free fun and entertainment for the family," the Odyssey will feature artwork, band and choral performances showcasing elementary, middle and high school talent, industrial arts projects and a theatrical performance that will offer a preview of the spring musical, "Mary Poppins" in the high school auditorium following an address there by superintendent, Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla at 6:30.


The Northgate School District will be seeking input from the community on a proposal to align its elementary school populations by grade level rather than geography. If all the details are worked out in the coming months, the proposal could go into effect as early as the next school year.


The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve a new three-year contract with custodial workers.

According to superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla, the contract provides for annual salary increases of about 2 percent, and increases the contribution for health insurance by $10 per month for each of the three years.


After experiencing a break down that left the Northgate School District without telephone service for a day, members of the district’s school board voted Monday to purchase a new system.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla said that the current system is run through a server, which is what failed during the recent problems.The new system recommended for the district is Cloud-based, with multiple back-ups.


Northgate students will not be getting a day off for Presidents Day on Feb. 17, and school officials are crossing their fingers in hopes of avoiding any more class cancellations that could necessitate shortening spring break.

Snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures have resulted in school being cancelled five days so far this year, according to superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla.


Northgate parents who demanded another kindergarten teacher be hired to reduce current class sizes will get what they asked for, but the decision may cause as many problems as it solves.

The number of kindergarten classrooms was reduced from five to four as part of across-the-board cuts in response to declining enrollment in the district. Northgate was bombarded with kindergarten enrollees this year, however, resulting in class sizes of 29 or 30 students in each of the existing classrooms at Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools.


The Northgate school district’s 2013-14 calendar will have to be revised to accommodate recently announced training requirements for the Keystones to Opportunity program.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla said that at least two or three Act 80 days, during which students are off while staff participates in training, will have to be added to the calendar.

The board is expected to vote on the revised calendar in May.


One month after voting to furlough 23 professional staff positions and a number of teaching assistants, the Northgate School Board was prepared Monday to identify which employees would be laid-off at the end of the current school year.

A handful of citizens spoke at the board’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday, continuing to urge school officials to at least delay the staff cuts while other options are explored.

“The rushed nature of it has created a panic,” said parent and high school teacher Tom Michalow of Avalon.


Although the size of the crowd was greatly diminished, the Northgate School Board and administration faced harsh criticism for the second week in a row as parents continued to protest the furlough of 23 teachers and 10 aides at the Monday, Jan. 21, regular school board meeting.

Several hundred parents, students and employees filled the high school auditorium on Jan. 14 after rumors spread that the board would cut staff and classes due to a 22 percent decrease in student enrollment over the last 10 years.


After hearing nearly three hours of emotional pleas from parents and students, the Northgate School Board voted Monday night to furlough 23 teachers and 10 part-time teacher aides.


The Northgate School Board will be considering a recommendation by the district’s superintendent to furlough a number of teachers due to declining enrollment, but the actual cuts being proposed are nowhere near the level many parents and students fear.


Northgate has reached an agreement with one of the district’s unions to offer a retirement incentive through June 30, 2013.

The incentive applies only to support staff, specifically secretaries and teaching assistants, and lowers the age at which an employee can retire and still receive full health insurance benefits from 60 to 59.


The Northgate School Board may not indulge in its annual haggling over whether to start classes before or after labor Day next year.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla told the board at Monday’s committee of the whole meeting that the district needs to take advantage of every possible instructional day available next year, as well as days for staff development. For that reason, he said, he has prepared a calendar for board consideration that will call for students to start school before the holiday.


Local educators will be spending the next few weeks studying and debating the most recent state test scores, even as the state itself makes allegations about "testing irregularities," and educators fire back with accusations of unfunded mandates and decreased state funding for Pennsylvania's public schools.


New Northgate superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla reported to the school board Monday that he and business manager Chris Ursu have been reviewing the district’s budget and managed already to cut nearly $60,000 in expenditures.

A significant portion of the cost savings came through the return of three students who had been enrolled in a cyber charter school, for which the district was paying some $30,000 in tuition. Pasquerilla said that he has been contacting the district’s cyber school students to see if they can return to Northgate.


The Northgate School District once again has an opportunity to freeze its transportation rates by extending its contract with W.L. Roegnik, Inc.

Although most Northgate students walk to the schools, the district still is required to provide transportation for students in a number of areas, including special education, athletics and field trips.


The Northgate School Board is not quite ready to embrace the new state law that would allow students from low-performing school districts to attend better schools in other districts on a tuition basis.

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) is part of Act 85 of 2012. The program offers a tax credit to businesses that donate to a scholarship opportunity fund, which is used to pay tuition for students to attend better performing schools outside their own school district.


Northgate School District residents are invited to meet new superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla.

A reception will be held Monday, Aug. 20, 6:15 - 7 p.m. in the Northgate Middle/High School main lobby.


Expressing their appreciation for the efforts of two retiring administrators, Northgate School Board members voted Monday to shift the positions of others to fill in some administrative gaps.

The board unanimously approved resolutions of appreciation for superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield and assistant to the superintendent Kathleen Gallagher, both of whom will retire on June 30.