Agenda # 8 March 1, 2018

School Committee

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

AGENDA #8

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, March 1, 2018
at:
6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in the: Levi Lincoln Chamber at City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
  INVOCATION  - Pastor Shanirai Mawokomatanda
                       Wesley Methodist Church
 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
III.

APPROVAL OF RECORDS

  aor #8-6 - (Clerk)
                   (February 6, 2018)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 15, 2018. 

 

 

 Annex A

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
V.

IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #8-63  - Administration
                  (February 21, 2018)
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.

 
VI.

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 ROS #8-4  - Administration
                   (February 21, 2018)
COLLEGE CAREER READINESS IN THE WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

 

Annex A

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

GENERAL BUSINESS

 gb #7-395  - Administration
                    (December 12, 2017)
To consider the request to change the name of Burncoat Middle School to Burncoat Middle School for the Arts.

 

Annex A

   gb #8-60  -    Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                      Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria
                     (February 7, 2018)
To support Senate Bill No. S2306-An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement, a new bill filed on Beacon Hill by State Senator Harriette Chandler.

 

Annex A

  gb #8-64  - Administration
                 (February 12, 2018)
To accept a Target Field Trip Grant for $700 awarded to Ms. Sherilynne K. Parretti, a teacher at Woodland Academy.
 Annex A
 

 gb #8-65  - Mr. O’Connell
                  (February 12, 2018)
To forward letters of congratulations to the award recipients in the 40th annual Valentine Contest presented by the Worcester Historical Museum for Worcester students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Historic             Grade 3 Anne Liz Gazel- McGrath Elementary School
                        Grade 4 Julius McCarthy- Thorndyke Road School
                        Grade 5 Anita Konneh- Lake View School
                        Grade 6 Keren Sasai Rodriguez- Lake View School
Contemporary    Grade 3 Leah Bonilla- Chandler Elementary School
                        Grade 4 Suyata Sunwar- Chandler Elementary School
                        Grade 5 Diamonte Hopson- Columbus Park School
                        Grade 6 Michael Newman- Lake View School
Verse                Grade 3 Kaci Gaucher- Worcester Arts Magnet School
                        Grade 4 Shahina Al Rahman-Lincoln Street School
                        Grade 5 Zoraya Melendez-Belmont Street School
                        Grade 6 Katerine Murray- Jacob Hiatt Magnet School
Masters             Grade 5 Contemporary- Isaac Silva- McGrath Elementary School                     

 
   gb #8-66  - Administration
                  (February 12, 2018)
To consider approval of the following donations:

 -  $184.67 to Tatnuck Magnet School from Papa Gino’s Pizzeria

-  $75 to the Worcester Public Schools for the Model UN Club

-  $250 to Doherty Memorial High School for a Memorial Scholarship in memory of Giovan Diaz.

 
 

gb #8-67  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (February 13, 2018)
To recognize May 6, 2018 as National Nurses Day, and to acknowledge the contributions made by the nurses of the Worcester Public Schools to the health, safety and well-being of Worcester students.

 
 

gb #8-68  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (February 13, 2018)
To recognize May 8, 2016 as National Teacher Appreciation Day, and to acknowledge the vital role of the teachers of the Worcester Public Schools in the education, encouragement, support and well-being of Worcester students.

 
 

gb #8-69  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (February 13, 2018)
To recognize November 14, 2018 as National Educational Support Professionals Day, and to acknowledge the vital role of the educational support personnel of the Worcester Public Schools in the education, guidance, encouragement, support and well-being of Worcester students.

 
 

gb #8-70  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (February 13, 2018)
To recognize May 1, 2018 as School Principals Day, and to acknowledge the vital role of the principals of the Worcester Public Schools in the education, guidance, encouragement, support and well-being of Worcester staff and students.

 
 

gb #8-71  - Administration
                 (February 13, 2018)
To accept the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) Apprenticeship Challenge Grant in the amount of $22,897.

 

Annex A

 

gb #8-72  - Administration
                 (February 14, 2018)
Request that the Administration set a date to hold a Joint Meeting of the City Council’s Standing Committee on Education and the School Committee’s Standing Committee on Finance and Operations to discuss the FY19 Budget.

 
 

gb #8-73  - Administration
                 (February 14, 2018)
To set a date for the public hearing on the FY19 Budget.

 
 

gb #8-74  - Mr. O’Connell
                  (February 14, 2018)
To formulate a policy, and appropriate protocols and guidelines, as to initiation of procedures in Juvenile Court under the “Children Requiring Assistance” statute (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 119, Sections 21 and 39E – 39I), in light of the decision of the Supreme Judicial Court in Millis Public Schools v. M.P. et al (SJC-12384, February 6, 2018).

 
 

gb #8-75  - Administration
                 (February 17, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $8,959.88 made payable to MPS - Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC.

 
 

gb #8-76  - Mr. Monfredo
                 (February 17, 2018)
To set a date to recognize Christine Foley, a teacher at South High Community School and her students who appeared on Fox News to highlight the Andy’s Attic Program.

 
 

gb #8-77  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (February 19, 2018)
To encourage the Worcester Public Schools to participate in the Read to Achieve 2018 Program, originated and sponsored by the Athletics Department of the College of the Holy Cross.

 
 

gb #8-78  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (February 19, 2018)
To encourage the Worcester Public Schools to participate in the Ticket to Read.net Program, originated and sponsored by the Worcester Bravehearts and the Worcester Railers.

 
 

gb #8-79  - Administration
                 (February 21, 2018)
To consider approval of the July 2018 Summer Camps at South High Community School.

 

 

Annex A

 

gb #8-80  - Mr. Comparetto
                 (February 21, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a report on the ratio of social workers to students.

 
 

gb #8-81  - Mr. Comparetto
                 (February 21, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a report on whether School Resource Officers are trained as social workers.

 
 

gb #8-82  - Mayor Petty
                 (February 21, 2018)
Request that the Mayor and Superintendent invite the School Committee from Brockton, MA to a Worcester School Committee Meeting to provide an update on the lawsuit regarding the Chapter 74 Funding.

 
 

gb #8-83  - Mayor Petty
                 (February 21, 2018)
Request that the Superintendent coordinate a 17 minute Walkout Day on March 14, 2018 with all students and teachers in the Worcester Public Schools to commemorate with a one minute moment of silence for each of the people who died on February 14th at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

 
 

gb #8-84  - Miss Biancheria
                 (February 21, 2018)
Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to Bill Riley as the recipient of the Grand Marshal of the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

 
   gb #8-85  - Miss Biancheria
                  (February 21, 2018)
Request that Superintendent Binienda, Director of School Safety Robert Pezzella and Chief of Police Steven Sargent provide an update on the implementation of the ALICE program on March 1, 2018.

 

 Backup

   gb #8-86  - Administration
                  (February 21, 2018)

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 regarding the Consent Decree as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the Committee, as declared by the Chair.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a Teacher - Discipline Case, 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 Y. Perez vs Worcester School Committee et al. if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To consider the filing of criminal complaints.

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