Agenda # 1 Governance and Employee Issues

School Committee

  Committee Members
John F. Monfredo, Chairman                                                    
Dianna L. Biancheria, Vice-Chairman                                         
John L. Foley                                                                            
  Administrative Representative
Jennifer Boulais
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.



The Standing Committee on GOVERNANCE AND EMPLOYEE ISSUES will hold a meeting:

on: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
at: 4:00 p.m.
in: Room 410, Durkin Administration Building


  gb #4-284  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss Ramirez  (October 21, 2014)

To cooperate with the Main South Community Development Corporation as to the safety and security needs of the students and staff of the Worcester public schools located in the Main South area, regarding utilization of the proceeds of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program grant received by the Main South CDC.

  gb #5-207  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria   (August 7, 2015)

Request that the Worcester Public Schools consider sharing information regarding the National Attendance Awareness Month movement sponsored by 40 national partners.

  gb #5-291  -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley   (October 19, 2015)

Request that the School Committee review the policy on cell phones and gather information from all secondary principals.

  c&p #6-7  - Clerk   (August 24, 2016)

To consider a communication from a citizen expressing an interest in promoting civic engagement in the Worcester Public Schools by initiating a “Municipal Governance Day” which would give high school students an opportunity to learn how the municipal government works.

Annex A (1 page)
  gb #6-36  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough   (January 11, 2016)

To establish a Special Committee, consisting of at least three School Committee members, to continue the review of policies proposed for the Worcester Public Schools by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Annex A (1 page)
Annex B (1 page)
Annex C (2 pages)
Anned D (2 pages)
Annex E (2 pages)
Annex F (2 pages)
Annex G (3 pages)
  gb #6-39  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough   (January 11, 2016)

To review the Every Student Succeeds Act, to address its impact on the Worcester Public Schools, and to consider any options which it provides to states and school districts to modify current practices and to reduce present testing, record-keeping and reporting requirements.

  gb #6-143  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty   (April 4, 2016)

To review, and to prepare recommendations for the Worcester legislative delegation, regarding Senate Bill 2203 - "an act enhancing reform, innovation and success in education."

  gb #6-145  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty  (April 4, 2016)

To consider adoption of Policy JLCD of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, regarding administration of medications to students.

  gb #6-202  -  Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (May 23, 2016)

To ask that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester take whatever actions are necessary to safeguard the baseball field of the Joe DiMaggio Little League, and its surrounding property, for the use and enjoyment of the young people of the Shrewsbury Street – East Central Street neighborhood.

  gb #6-271  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty  (July 21, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider including training in the Heimlich maneuver as part of the Compression CPR Program and review the Heimlich Heroes Program, which was created by Deaconess Associations, Inc. (DAI) with the support from the Heimlich Institute, for possible implementation in the Worcester Public Schools.


gb #6-307  -  Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria   (September 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide options for teaching responsible cell phone and social media use for middle and high school students.

Annex A (1 page)

c&p #7-2  -  Clerk   (April 6, 2017)

To consider a petition from a citizen regarding a request to hold public hearings on the impact of standardized testing on students in the Worcester Public Schools.


gb #7-107  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo  (March 10, 2017)

To review, and to make recommendations as appropriate, as to the Federal FY18 Budget submitted by the President, as it relates to funding of the US Department of Education and its grants and programs.


gb #7-119  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell  (March 20, 2017)

Request that the School Committee forward letters to the Congressional Delegation in opposition to the President’s Budget for Education and its impact on the school district and further request that the MASC consider organizing all districts in Massachusetts to oppose these cuts and voice opposition to the Massachusetts Delegation.


gb #7-125  - Administration  (March 21, 2017)

To consider approval of the draft Policy and Procedures for Physical Restraints.

Annex A (13pages)
Annex B (2 pages) 

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 #7-355  -  Lorenzo Hernandez   (October 24, 2017)

To consider the following item from Lorenzo Hernandez, Ex-Officio Member of the School Committee:

 -To consider offering a cost free Driver’s Education course for students at Worcester Technical High School.


gb #8-22.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo  (January 24, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide the following information relative to the process for DCF referrals to include:

  • the timeframe for a principal to make a call to DCF, when needed
  • the individuals who are notified of the phone call and
  • the follow-up regarding the incident
 Annex A (8 pages)

gb #8-31  - Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough   (January 19, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the Attendance Policy currently in place and provide an:

  • explanation of excused vs unexcused absences and
  • the impact that the letters that are going home for chronic absenteeism are having on students and families.

gb #8-32  - Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough  (January 19, 2018)

Request that the Administration review the policy regarding absences of students from school and consider distinguishing in their student records unexcused absences from excused absences due to documented illnesses or religious holidays.


gb #8-34  - Administration  (January 19, 2018)

To consider approval of the 2018-19 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.


gb #8-74  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough  (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).




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