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Five-year contract approved for Superintendent Michaels

Published May 14. 2013 05:02PM

Northern Lehigh School District has re-upped its superintendent's contract for another five years.

On a unanimous vote, the school board agreed on Monday to approve the five-year contract for Superintendent Michael Michaels, effective Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2018.

As per the terms of the contract, Michaels will again make $128,700 in the 2013-2014 school year, and then receive a 2.25-percent increase in the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17-and 2017-18 school years.

After the meeting, Michaels told the TIMES NEWS he was pleased with the contract, and added "the board of education has been really good to me."

"The board and I both agree we have a lot of things started that hopefully we can finish," Michaels said. "That's the real catalyst."

Michaels added "the board and community has been outstanding to me. I enjoy coming to work, and I just love Northern Lehigh."

"I've had the opportunity to work in many institutions," he said. "I've never enjoyed an institution as much as Northern Lehigh."

As part of his report, Michaels announced that May 6-10 was National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Michaels said "our teachers are doing a great job", and added "our faculty and our students are the gem of the Lehigh Valley."

Also as part of his report, Michaels announced that Baccalaureate Services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the high school auditorium, while high school graduation will be held outdoors at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, weather permitting.

Finally, the board heard an update from Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, on the district's most recent Safety Task Force Committee meeting held earlier this month.

Derr said 18 people, which included Sgt. Alercia of the Slatington Police Department, state police, residents, and others, attended, and added "we talked about concerns, and how we're going to handle them."

State police said they plan to use the district's facilities for training purposes, said Derr, who added the Slatington Police Department and Slatington Fire Department will do their own training as well at the district's facilities.

The committee will resume meetings in the fall, Derr said.

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