Agenda #18 - June 2, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #18

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, June 2, 2016
at:
4:00 p.m. - Budget Session
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  -  Reverend Susan Nachtigal
                          Trinity Lutheran Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
 

aor #6-15 -   Clerk
                      (May 25, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 19, 2016.

 Annex A (17 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #6-148.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria/
                           Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                           (May 23, 2016)

To recognize South High Community School’s music teacher Angela Poirier and the students in the “South Harmonies” group for placing first in the first "WEC’appella" high school competition sponsored by the Worcester Educational Collaborative. 

 
 

gb #6-181.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                           Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                           (May 23, 2016)

To recognize Mary-Margaret Mara a pre-school teacher at Chandler Magnet School for having been selected as a finalist in the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award.

 
 

gb #6-182.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                           Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                           (May 23, 2016)

To recognize Elizabeth Bria for managing the Worcester Telegram’s Happy Time Page Section, and for encouraging students to write or draw designs for this section of the paper which has been in existence for 65 years.

 
 

gb #6-183.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                           Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                           (May 23, 2016)

To recognize Dr. Richard Howarth, a teacher at North High School, for his creation of a TEDxNorthHighSchool Program which was presented on May 7, 2016 and forward congratulatory letters to the participants.

 
 

gb #6-196  -   Administration
                       (May 23, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  -  NONE  
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  -  NONE  
     
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations Achievement met at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.

The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.

 
IX. PERSONNEL  

 

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The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below:

Milaszewski, Robin, School Psychologist, Systemwide, CAGS/2M, Step 8, $77,399, effective May 23, 2016

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

Nugent, Roger, Teacher, Elementary, Gates Lane School, effective August 25, 2016-June 30, 2017

 

 

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The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $12.94 per hour, from Civil Service List #316-013, effective as shown:

Brown, Linda                       4/28/16

McCann, Barbara                5/02/16

Daley, Barbara                     5/02/16

Mends-Cole, Evangeline       5/02/16

Ianotta, Richard                   5/03/16

Maldonado, Xenia,               5/16/16

Markarian, Mark                   5/16/16

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #6-153.1  -   Administration/Administration
                           (May 23, 2016)

To consider the proposed FY17 Budget.

 
 

gb #6-197  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (May 16, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the feasibility of giving Worcester residents preference, all things being equal, when hiring personnel, if legal and appropriate.

 
 

gb #6-198  -   Mr. Foley
                       (May 18, 2016)

To set a date to recognize the University Park Campus School for the recent story in Edutopia under "Schools That Work" that highlights their team approach by the faculty, the support for the students, and the track record of academic success. 

 Annex (4 pages)
 

gb #6-199  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (May 18, 2016)

To address with Durham School Services the continued – and unauthorized –use by its buses of Granby Road as a short-cut between Belmont Street and Shrewsbury Street, and to obtain a workable, and enforceable, commitment from Durham to terminate this practice.

 
 

gb #6-200  -   Administration
                       (May 18, 2016)

Request that the School Committee authorize the Superintendent to act as its representative to execute all contracts and other legally binding documents in the name and on behalf of the School Committee.

 
 

gb #6-201  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (May 18, 2016)

To recognize the following students who have been selected and honored by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette as its 2016 “Student Achievers:”

Laurana Nyman – Burncoat High School

Jacqueline Alvarez – Claremont Academy

Aubrey Leary – Doherty Memorial High School

Rachel Dao – North High School

Kenneth Adusei – South High Community School

Sibgha Javaid – University Park Campus School

Abeeku Bondzie – Worcester Technical High School

 
 

gb #6-202  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (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 #6-203  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (May 23, 2016)

To install welcoming messages at the main entrances of each of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
   gb #6-204  -   Administration
                        (May 23, 2016)

To accept a donation from Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company in the amount of $500.00 for Clark Street School.

 
 

gb #6-205  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (May 23, 2016)

To congratulate both the members of the Boys’ Track Team and the Girls’ Track Team of Worcester Technical High School and North High School on winning the 2016 Massachusetts Vocational Small School Championships:

 

Long Jump and Triple Jump        2 Mile
         Adja Sackor                            Herlin Rijo

100 Meter and Shot Put                100 Meter (new record)
  (new school record)                         George Biney
        Stevanna Bowhile

 Girls 4 x 100 relay team                 200 Meter
  (new record)                                          Edward Boamah
         Leilani Torres
         Doreen Baubeng                  4 x 100 relay team
         Bernice Mensah                      (new record)
         Adja Sackor                                   Francis Konneh
                                                                Edward Boamah
Girls 4 x 400 relay team                           Levone Thomas
         Faustina Owusu                              George Biney
         Denise Hoxha
         Tete Brenda Thomas
         Essence Martinez 

 
 

gb #6-206  -   Administration
                        (May 24, 2016)

Request that the Superintendent be granted the annual authorization to make the final year end transfers necessary to balance surplus and deficit accounts for the fiscal year closing on June 30, 2016.

 
 

gb #6-207  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (May 24, 2016)

To set a date to recognize the SHINE Initiative, with gratitude and appreciation, for its donation of $7,900 to the Worcester Public Schools, to train WPS staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid, "a program that helps adults to better understand adolescent mental illness and respond to emotional and mental distress in young people."

 
 

gb #6-208  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (May 24, 2016)

 

To set a date to recognize Stacy Lord, a Worcester East Middle School Art Teacher, upon her selection for the Distinguished Visual Arts Educator Advocate Award by Arts/Learning. 

 
   gb #6-209  -   Ms. Colorio
                        (May 25, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide to the School Committee the 2014-15 teacher surveys.

 
   gb #6-210  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (May 25, 2016)

To forward a letter of congratulations to Edward Capstick, Assistant Principal of Doherty Memorial High School, on his selection as a member of the Hall of Fame of the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester.

 
   gb #6-211  -   Administration
                        (May 25, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $8,000 from The Josh Thibodeau Helping Hearts Foundation for the purchase of AED supplies and equipment.

 
  gb #6-213  -   Administration
                        (May 25, 2016)

Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Grievance #15/16-31.

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

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