The district hopes to hire a new superintendent by July 1.

Fellin explained the delay also will give the district more time to hire a new superintendent and will give that person more time to give notice wherever he or she now works.

After the meeting, Karabin explained he voted no because it was premature to extend Fellin's employment. He indicated it's possible a new superintendent may be hired before July 1.

Board member Charles Bartolet also voted no.

"I think we're jumping the gun a little," he said. "Hopefully, we can hire a superintendent in time to come in with her feet running on the ground, ready to go when she's hired."

Despite his vote, Bartolet praised Fellin, saying he couldn't think of a better person to run a school district.

Bartolet said he's been involved with the district since 1960 -- Fellin later said he was a former teacher and assistant principal at Saucon Valley High - "and I've seen 13 different superintendents. She's by far one of the best.  I don't want Dr. Fellin to feel hurt or anything by my vote."

The board president announced that on Thursday a survey will be posted on the district's website that asks district residents for their opinions regarding what kind of new superintendent they think Saucon Valley needs.

After the meeting, Karabin said the district has advertised the position and is gathering applications but has not yet interviewed any candidates who want to become the next superintendent. Applications are being accepted until Friday.

Gym floors

The school board authorized the administration to seek bids to have the high school and middle school gym floors refinished. Whether both floors will be done depends on what kind of bids it receives.

It hopes to get bids soon so the work can be done when the schools are closed. It will ask for a combined bid to do both floors.

"It's getting close to summer," said Fellin. "If we're going to do both of them, we need to know now. We have to set up the work."

She said interested companies will have to submit bids for the middle school, the high school and a combination "so you have a choice to do one, the other or both."

Bob Frey, the district's athletic director, said the district already had board approval to refinish the gym floor in Saucon Valley Middle School, at a cost of $24,000.

He said three companies have inspected that gym floor, as well as the floor in the high school gym.

Frey said an original estimate to redo the floors in both gyms was $46,000 but that has come down to $34,575 --- $10,575 more than just doing the middle school floor.

Frey said the middle school gym floor has visual problems. When tape put on the floor came up, the finish came up with it. He said after 12-14 years, the surface of the floor is okay, but not visually appealing. He said it's spotty and blotchy because the original finish has peeled off the floor.

He explained the high school has a surface chipping problem, caused by bad layers of finish applied over the years. "You can peel the wax off the floor with your fingers. The only real way to correct that is to refinish the floor."

Action on Northampton Community College

The board voted 8-1 to approve its contribution to the 2014-15 budget of Northampton Community College.

Saucon Valley will contribute $268,285, a 1.17 percent increase over this year, to the college's $6.07 million budget.

Bartolet cast the only no vote. He did not immediately say why, but later commented that the school board had no say - "absolutely none" - in the college's budget.

Bartolet said the college should develop a program that provides "each school district that has to pay into it to have some active board members representing it."

The school board did just that, voting 7-2 to approve Susan Baxter as its representative on the community college's board of trustees. Baxter's six-year term will begin July 1.