Agenda #28 December 21, 2017

School Committee

CLERK OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20 IRVING STREET
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS 01609

AGENDA #28

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday December 21, 2017
at:
6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in the: Esther Howland, South Chamber at City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
  INVOCATION  - Pastor Paul Joyal
                       The Journey Community Church
 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #7-27 -          Clerk
                          (December 13, 2017)

 To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 7, 2017

 Annex A (12 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #7-389  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/
                     Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                    (December 11, 2017)

 To recognize Donna Colorio for her years of dedicated service to the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 V.  gb #7-390  -  Administration
                     (December 11, 2017)

To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ROS #7-19  - Administration
                   (December 13, 2017)

FINAL END-OF-CYCLE SUMMATIVE EVALUATION REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 Annex A
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE -NONE  
IX. PERSONNEL

7-38    The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

 Blanchard, Leigh, Chairperson, Special Education, Durkin Administration Building, MA, Step 8, $73,736 plus ETC Stipend of $8,214*, effective December 4, 2017. Licensed: Severe Disabilities All Levels.

 Tureta, Christine, Teacher, Elementary, Qunisigamond, CAGS/2MA, Step 8, $78,955*, effective December 4, 2017. Pending: Elementary 1-6.

 7-39    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

 Edstrom, Erica, Department Head, Special Education, Systemwide, effective December 8, 2017.

 Reed, Denise, Teacher, Elementary, Quinsigamond, effective December 1, 2017.

 7-40    The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the person named below:

 Bissett, Katherine, Teacher, Elementary, Worcester Arts Magnet, effective December 4, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

 7-41    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $13.20 per hour, from Civil Service List #317-050, effective as shown:

Brown, Suzette                 12/4/17
Carvill, LyneMarie             12/4/17
DePari, Maureen               12/4/17
Esteras, Maureen              12/4/17
Henriquez, Xiomara           12/4/17
Johnson, Kristian               12/8/17
Marrero, Christie               12/4/17
Morales, Aida                    12/8/17
Nyorkor, Helena                12/4/17
Ortiz, Peter                       12/4/17
Sanchez, Maria                  12/4/17
Sasso, Karen                     12/4/17
Tivnan, Carrie                    12/12/17
Tollen, Lydia                      12/11/17
Travers, Diane                   12/4/17
Valdez, Liselotte                12/4/17
Vieu, Annalise                   12/8/17
Wentzell, Rhonda              12/4/17
Wright, Lisa                      12/8/17

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #7-323.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio
                        (December 12, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to review the interim guidance of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and to determine whether any revisions need to be made to the policies and practices of the Worcester Public Schools in light of the guidance.

Annex A (7 pages)
Annex B (5 pages)
Annex C (8 pages)
Annex D (2 pages)
Annex E (8 pages)

 

   gb #7-391  -  Administration
                     (December 1, 2017)

To consider an increase in the FY18 Budget in the amount of $849,695, as recommended by the City Manager and approved by the City Council to be appropriated as follows:

-                 $500,489 to Account 500-91111 Teacher Salaries
-                 $349,206 to Account 500132-92000 Tuition and
adopt a revised final FY18 General Fund Budget in the amount of $335,120,190.

Annex A (2pages)
Annex B (4 pages)

 

 

 

   gb #7-392  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (December 1, 2017)

To apply for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Emergency Support Grant (Fund Code 313) offered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to school districts enrolling 50 or more students “who lost their housing in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.”
 Annex A (2 pages)
 

 gb #7-393  -  Administration
                     (December 13, 2017)

 To consider approval of the appointment of the following provisional civil service employee as School Nurse effective as shown:

Serrato, Susan, Systemwide, Bachelors +15, Step 5, $59,468, effective December 6, 2017. Licensed: School Nurse All Levels

 
   gb #7-394  - Mr. Monfredo
                    (December 11, 2017)

Request that the Administration provide a report in February 2018 relative to the feasibility of expanding the 365Z Kindness Club in the secondary schools, grades 7-12 and at any interested elementary school.

 
 

gb #7-395  - Administration
                   (December 11, 2017)

To consider the request to change the name of Burncoat Middle School to Burncoat Middle School for the Arts.

 

 Annex A (3 pages)

 

gb #7-396  - Administration
                   (December 12, 2017)

To accept the STARS Residencies FY18 Jacob Hiatt Magnet School Grant in the amount of $3,500.

 

 Annex A (2 pages)

 

gb #7-397  - Administration
                   (December 12, 2017)

To accept the STARS Residencies FY18 Columbus Park Preparatory Academy Grant in the amount of $5,000.

 

Annex A (2 pages)

 

gb #7-398  - Administration
                   (December 13, 2017)
To consider approval of the following donations:

 -   $1,500 from Walmart to the Worcester Public Schools

 -   $582.62 from AAA Northeast for the purchase of neon yellow hats with black
     AAA logo Swoosh embroidery on the front to be used by Crossing Guards this winter

 -   $400 from the Shrewsbury Street Merchants Association to Belmont Street School

 -   $2,000 from Journey Community Church to Belmont Street Community School

 -   $4,000 from Worcester State University to Belmont Street Community School to help fund
      the license for Lexia software

 
 

 gb #7-399  -   Administration
                     (December 13, 2017)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Cafeteria Workers, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Administrative Secretaries, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Instructional Assistants, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation for-teacher discipline, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 

 
XI. ADJOURNMENT  
  Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee