Northern Lehigh School District continues to be relentless in its pursuit of academic excellence.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas informed the school board on Monday of several changes that are in the works.

The state no longer has Adequate Yearly Progress, said Nicholas, who added that in its place is the Pennsylvania Profile System.

As per the system, Nicholas said every school in the state will receive a percentage rating in the next few months.

She noted that last year, students in Grade 11 had to take the Keystone Exams in Literature, Algebra I and Biology. The results of those tests, Nicholas said, were fair.

"We're hoping as time goes on, these scores will go up because the students will be taking the test after they had the class," Nicholas said. "We also have remediation in place for students who don't pass."

Nicholas added "The high school has been working diligently to make sure our students are successful."

She noted that Slatington Elementary did meet AYP last year.

Also on Monday, Nicholas briefly discussed Math, as well as Health, and Wellness curriculum pilot studies.

She said the math in grades 7-8 represents a new curriculum.

In addition, Nicholas said the district is also piloting a new Health & Wellness curriculum at the high school.

She said a determination will be made in January with regard to that particular curriculum.

Both curriculums are digital, Nicholas said.

Prior to the start of the meeting, board President Edward Hartman asked those in attendance to take a moment of silence in observance of this Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Hartman said the moment of silence was "for the people whose lives were lost on that tragic day."

In other business, the board, on a 7-0 vote, with directors Lauren Ganser and Mathias Green absent:

Ÿ Approved the new salary and benefit agreement between the Northern Lehigh School District and the Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent.

Ÿ Approved to authorize proper officials to enter into an agreement for one Northern Lehigh School District special education student to attend Palmerton Area School District, in accordance with the promises and covenants contained in the agreement. This agreement is effective Aug. 26, 2013, through June 10, 2014.

Ÿ Allowed administration to sign the CLIU Technology Pool Consortium Agreement for the 2013-14 school year.

Ÿ Approved the addendum to the Athletic Training Services contract between OAA Orthopedic Specialists and the Northern Lehigh School District.

Ÿ Rescinded the motion that was originally approved at the Aug. 12, 2013 school board meeting, to approve the request of the senior high school to close the Class of 2013 account in accordance with the Student Activities Account guidelines. The account balance is $492.66, and the Class of 2013 is recommending that the funds be split equally and transferred to the Class of 2014 ($164.22), Class of 2015 ($164.22), and Class of 2016 ($164.22).

Ÿ Approved the request of the senior high school to close the Class of 2013 account in accordance with the Student Activities Fund guidelines. The account balance is $194.97, and the Class of 2013 is recommending that the funds be split equally and transferred to the Class of 2014 ($64.99), Class of 2015 ($64.99), and Class of 2016 ($64.99).

Ÿ Elected William LaCoff as president-elect of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Ÿ Elected Charles Ballard as vice president of the Pennsylvania School Board Association, effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Ÿ Elected Otto Voit III as treasurer of the Pennsylvania School Board Association, effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Ÿ Elected Robert Schwartz as At Large Representative of the Pennsylvania School Board Association, effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Ÿ Approved school board policy #113.2, Programs, Behavior Support, as presented after first reading.

Ÿ Approved school board policy #113.4, Programs, Confidentiality of Special Education Student Information, as presented after first reading.

Ÿ Approved school board policy #334, Administrative Employees, Sick Leave, as presented after first reading.

Ÿ Approved school board policy #434, Professional Employees, Sick Leave, as presented after first reading.

Ÿ Approved school board policy #534, Classified Employees, Sick Leave, as presented after first reading.

Ÿ Approved abatement /exoneration requests of per capita taxes for the residents that fall within the guidelines, as presented.