Agenda #28 - October 7, 2010

School Committee


The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on:   Thursday, October 7, 2010
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Council Chamber, City Hall

INVOCATION - Reverend Kevin Bean

                       All Saints Episcopal Church




aor #0-24 - Clerk
                   (September 28, 2010)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, September 16, 2010.

gb #0-248.1 - Administration/
                       Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                               Ms. Novick
                               (September 28, 2010)
To recognize Target for its monetary support for creating a library at Union Hill School and Representative Fresolo, the Community Service Branch of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Oak Hill CDC for initiating this project.
gb #0-274 - Mayor O’Brien
                            (September 29, 2010)
To recognize the Office of Community Connections, Community Service Program, Worcester County Court House for enhancing the properties during the Summer of 2010 at a number of school sites.

ros #0-18 - Administration
                           (September 29, 2010)
The Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievement met at 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.


0-41 The Superintendent has APPROVED the 
         APPOINTMENT of the persons named below
         to the position of teacher:
Arlabosse, Amy, Elementary, Worcester Arts Magnet, MA Step 3, $51,392, Licensed: Elementary 1-6, effective September 27, 2010.
Burden, Heather, MCAS Specialist, South High, BA Step 9, $63,723, licensed: Health/Family and Consumer Sciences, all levels, effective August 30, 2010
Cohn, Annie, Elementary, Columbus Park, MA Step 2, $48,113. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2, effective September 20, 2010.

Dattolo, Bethany, ESL, Systemwide, BA Step 2, $42,649, Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-6, effective August 30, 2010.

Donley, Kelley, Biology, Sullivan Middle, BA Step 2, $42,649, Licensed: Biology 8-12, effective August 30, 2010.

Matos, Alma, English, Worcester East Middle, BA+15 Step 2 $44,771, Licensed: English 5-12, effective August 30, 2010.

Millett, John, Mathematics, Creamer Center, BA Step 2, $42,649, Licensed: Math 5-12, effective September 3, 2010

Montgomery, Kristen, Guidance, Doherty High, CAGS/2M Step 9, $73,363, Licensed: School Guidance Counselor 5-12, effective August 30, 2010.

Newton, Leah, Special Education, Union Hill; MA Step 1 $45,841, Licensed: Moderate disabilities Prek-8, effective August 30, 2010.

White, Marni, Guidance, Forest Grove, MA Step 1, $45,841, Licensed: School Guidance Counselor, effective August 30, 2010

0-42   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
           RESIGNATION of the persons names
  Finnegan, Sarah, Health, Worcester East  
  Middle, effective September 1, 2010.
  Shea, Doreen, Special Education, Chandler
  Magnet School, effective September 24,

0-43   The Superintendent has appointed the
           persons named below to the position of
           Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent
           at a salary of $10.88 per hour, from Civil 
           Service List #310-023, effective as
  Rubio, Jose               9/21/10
  Pietrowicz, David       9/21/10        
  Lackey, Robert          9/21/10
  Harrity, Jane              9/21/10

0-44   The Superintendent has appointed the
           persons named below to the position of 
           School Bus Attendant, permanent at a
           salary of $12.88 minimum to $14.10 
           maximum, per hour, from Civil Service List
          #310-033 effective as shown:
          Mary Kathryn Amantea        9/27/10


gb #0-63.2 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                          (September 21, 2010)
Response of the Mayor to the request to discuss with the City Manager a citywide aquatics plan to include South High Community School’s swimming pool.

gb #0-256.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria
                            (September 23, 2010)
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report outlining the number of student slots allotted per high school to serve students who are recommended to attend the Gerald Creamer Center including the present student teacher ratio per class.

Backup in item

gb #0-259 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                         (September 16, 2010)
To congratulate the eight Worcester public schools which have been designated as 2010 Commendation Schools for their success in narrowing proficiency gaps and improving student MCAS performance:
Burncoat Middle             Jacob Hiatt Magnet
Clark Street                  Nelson Place
Elm Park Community       Roosevelt
Heard Street                Tatnuck Magnet
and Burncoat High which was cited by the state as being a high school with one of the largest combined increases in the percent of students scoring Proficient and Advanced (up 8% in ELA; up 14% in mathematics on the MCAS in 2010).


gb #0-260 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley
                         (September 21, 2010)
Request that the Administration consider establishing a stakeholder committee, in conjunction with the Latino Community, to determine ways to improve the quality of education for Hispanic students.

gb #0-261 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                        (September 22, 2010)
Request that the Administration provide a total student enrollment report for 2010-11 by school, individual classrooms to include the number of staff in each of them.

gb #0-262 - Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                         (September 23, 2010)
To consider adoption of a policy on Facebook and social networking sites, modeled on the draft policy of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (File IJNDD).

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

gb #0-263 - Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                        (September 23, 2010)
To review the revised Draft Policy of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (File JICFB), and the model Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on August 24, 2010, to determine whether any modifications should be made in the current policies, practices and plans of the Worcester Public Schools related to bullying prevention.

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (5 pages)

gb #0-264 - Mayor O’Brien
                         (September 28, 2010)
Request that the Administration provide a report on the current efforts by the WPS to integrate the private and non-profit early education providers with the pre-school and kindergarten programs and staff. Further request that the Administration provide a report on programs that are currently underway in Boston and Springfield that provide school readiness initiatives and partnerships that exist between their public schools and the private/non-profit early education providers.

gb #0-265 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/
                 Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                         Miss Biancheria      
                        (September 28, 2010)
To acknowledge, with gratitude and appreciation, the staff members and other officials who have worked diligently with the Grafton Street School community to address the effects of the recent mercury spillage.

gb #0-266 - Ms. Novick/Mayor O’Brien/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                         Mr. O’Connell
                         (September 28, 2010)
Request that the Worcester School Committee go on record in opposition to Question 3 on this November's ballot.

Annex A (2 page)

gb #0-267 - Ms. Novick/Mayor O’Brien/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                 Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
                        (September 28, 2010)
Request that the Administration fully implement and demonstrate implementation of a well-rounded curriculum, including science and social studies, year round in grades kindergarten through grade 6.

gb #0-268 - Ms. Novick/Mayor O’Brien/
                 Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. O’Connell
                         (September 28, 2010)
To create requirements in the following areas for any Innovation School proposed in Worcester, whether by the Administration or any other group:
a. School governance and contractual items
b. School finance and school plant operations
c. Curriculum and student support  
d. Adherence to local, state, and federal
    regulations and laws

gb #0-269 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                        (September 29, 2010)
Request that the Administration provide a report on the timeline in reference to the mercury safety crisis at Grafton Street School.

gb #0-270 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                         (September 29, 2010)
Request that the Administration provide a report on the costs to the WPS Budget and the City Budget in reference to the safety crisis at Grafton Street School.

gb #0-271 - Administration
                         (September 29, 2010)
To approve the Statements of Interest for the Green Repair Program.

Annex A (11 pages)

Annex B (11 pages)

Annex C (11 pages)

gb #0-272 - Administration
                         (September 29, 2010)
To accept donations in the total amount of $785.00 in memory of Kara Farber, a Worcester public school student.

Backup in item

gb #0-273 - Mayor O’Brien
                         (September 29, 2010)
Request that the Administration meet with representatives of Youth Villages, Inc. to discuss ways that the Worcester Public Schools can collaborate with their Intercept and Transitional Living programs that provide intensive community based services for high risk children.

gb #0-274 - Administration
                         (September 29, 2010)
To accept the following grants totaling $837,413:
    Source           Program                       Amount
    MA DESE         Supplementary State   
                 Support to WPS           $250,000
   MA DESE          Academic Support Serv. $60,000

   MA DESE          21st Century High School        
                 Innovation Grant           $220,000
   MA DESE          21st Century Exemplary 
                         Grant                         $200,000
   Department of         Citizenship and 
   Homeland Security    Integration            $92,430
   MA DEEC          ARRA - Strategic           
                         Planning                    $14,983

Annex A (17 pages)

gb #0-276 - Administration
                         (September 29, 2010)
To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the governmental body, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee
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