Agenda # 7 February 15, 2018

School Committee

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

AGENDA #7

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, February 15, 2018
at:
6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in the: Levi Lincoln Chamber, City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
  INVOCATION  - Reverend Richard Trainor, Blessed Sacrament Church  
 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

NATIONAL ANTHEM  - Rice Square School’s Chorus

 
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
 

aor #8-5 - Clerk   (February 6, 2018)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Annex A (19 pages)

     
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  –  NONE
 
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #8-49 - Administration   (February 2, 2018)

To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.

 
     
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
 

ROS #8-3 - Administration   (February 7, 2018)

ANNUAL EVALUATION FOR SUPERINTENDENT BINIENDA-CYCLE 2: ANALYSIS, GOAL SETTING AND PLAN DEVELOPMENT

Annex A (6 pages)

     
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  -  NONE  
     
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 

The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 in Room 410 of the Durkin Administration Building.

The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Room 410 of the Durkin Administration Building.

 
     
IX. PERSONNEL  
 

8-14 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Parent, Lauren, Teacher, Elementary, Belmont, BA, Step 1, $46,430*, effective January 16, 2018. License: Elementary 1-6.

Shepard, Kristen, Psychologist, Systemwide, CAGS/2M, Step 4, $66,524*, effective January 22, 2018. License: Psychologist All Levels.

8-15 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

Fleming, Jennifer, Teacher, Biology, North, effective January 4, 2018.

Goguen, Joseph, Teacher, Music, Sullivan, effective February 9, 2018.

Hoffey, Shauna, Teacher, Special Ed, Systemwide, effective February 2, 2018.

*prorated

 
     
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #7-288.1 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell   (August 16, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to review the program and procedural methods that are utilized to advertise the many outstanding strengths of the Worcester Public Schools in order to continue to attract new families to the system.

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #8-10.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria   (January 30, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to support the Worcester Historical Museum’s 40th annual “Be Our Valentine Contest” by encouraging participation of the students in grades 3 to 6.

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #8-21.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo   (January 24, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of the Worcester Public Schools that currently accommodate the students from Puerto Rico and provide an update on the plan to accommodate these students.

Annex A (4 pages)
Annex B (1 page)

 

gb #8-43 - Mayor Petty/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough   (January 24, 2018)

Request that the Superintendent create an updated Health and Wellness Curriculum for middle and high school students.

 
 

gb #8-50 - Mr. Monfredo   (January 26, 2018)

Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation to the following staff members and their students who provided a fantastic repertoire in FAME (Fine Arts Magnet Education) to benefit S.O.F.A. (Save our Fine Arts):

Worcester Arts Magnet

Chrysanthe Manuel, Cathy Taylor, Michael Wong, Alana Juneau and Tina Pagliese-Savage

Burncoat Middle School

Jeremy Woloski, Aimee Kewley, Andrea Cook, and Israel Saldana

Burncoat High School

Kellie Shea, Ann Marie Keane, Alexandra Dyke, Sarah –K Clark, Dani Rimoni, David Twiss, and Meredith Lord

 
 

gb #8-51 - Administration   (January 31, 2018)

To set a date in April for a public hearing on School Choice.

 
 

gb #8-52 - Administration   (January 31, 2018)

To consider approval of the following donations:

- $450 to the Art Department at Doherty Memorial High School in memory of Jeffrey Gustafson.

- $300 to the Special Education Department at Grafton Street School in memory of Elisha Inferrera.

 
 

gb #8-53 - Administration   (February 2, 2018)

Request that the Administration approve the McKinney-Vento Emergency Support Grant in the amount of $5,000.

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #8-54 - Mr. Monfredo   (February 2, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the accountability changes made by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 
 

gb #8-55 - Miss McCullough   (February 3, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a progress report on the Hanover Academy at Burncoat Middle School.

 
 

gb #8-56 - Mr. Comparetto   (February 7, 2018)

To consider joining forces with the Brockton Public Schools as a plaintiff in its School Funding Lawsuit.

 
 

gb #8-57 - Mr. Comparetto   (February 7, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on changes in principal leadership and its plans to hire new principals.

 
 

gb #8-58 - Mr. Comparetto   (February 7, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on its efforts to attract a diverse pool of teachers and administrators in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #8-59 - Mr. Comparetto   (February 7, 2018)

To consider a review of a publication entitled Teaching Hard History: American Slavery from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 
 

gb #8-60 - Mr. Monfredo   (February 7, 2018)

To support Senate Bill No. S249-An Act to involve youth in civic engagement, a new bill filed on Beacon Hill by State Senator Harriette Chandler.

 
 

gb #8-61 - Miss Biancheria (February 9, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the ways in which education is provided to staff and students, in light of the opioid crisis, as a result of the passage of the recently enacted Marijuana Law.

 
 

gb #8 -62 - Administration   (February 7, 2018)

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation for a Worker’s Compensation case for a custodian, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

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

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

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #16/17-38.

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