Agenda #20 - July 14, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #20

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, July 14, 2016
at:
4:00 p.m. - Regular Session
5:00 p.m. - Executive Session
in the: Esther Howland, South Chamber at City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS  

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
 

INVOCATION   -  Pastor Mark Nilson
                          Salem Covenant Church

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

aor #6-17 -   Clerk
                      (June 27, 2016)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 16, 2016.

  Annex A (26 pages)

 

 

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
     
V.

IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #6-207.1   -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                           Mr. Monfredo/ Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                          (June 28, 2016)

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 #6-208.1 -    Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/ Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                           Mr. Monfredo/ Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                           (June 28, 2016)

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 #6-221.1   -    Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                            (June 28, 2016)

 To recognize David Peterson, General Manager of the Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Team, for partnering with the Worcester Public Schools on the many literacy initiatives throughout the year including the distribution of 1,000 tickets to a Bravehearts game to the students who participated in the Home Run Reading Club as an incentive to read.

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

gb #6-152.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                          Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                         (June 30, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to set up tentative dates to meet with our local delegation in late October 2016 and in January and March 2017.

Backup

 

 

 

   gb #6-153.3  -   Administration/Administration
                           (June 28, 2016)

To consider responses to the following:

  • a report indicating what .8 means in reference to teachers who travel
  • report on how other cities and towns handle monies received by McKinney Vento by either putting the monies into their school district’s accounts or the city/town general funds
  • information with regard to the Instructional Assistant involved in the processing of the CORI checks in Section E. - Other

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

Annex C (1 page)

 

 

  gb #6-199.1   -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. ColorioMiss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/                                                Miss Biancheria
                           (June 15, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request 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. 

 Backup

 

 

 

  gb #6-231.1   -   Administration/Administration
                           (June 28, 2016)

To extend the proposed contract of Attorney Paige L. Tobin from Murphy, Lamere and Murphy for three years.

 
  gb #6-233   -  Administration 
                      (June 15, 2016)

To consider filing the list of outstanding General Business items as contained in the backup. 

 Annex A (1 page)

 

 

gb #6-234   -   Administration
                        (June 15, 2016)

 To consider development of a Strategic Plan for the Worcester Public Schools.

 
  gb #6-235   -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (June 15, 2016)

To verify the compliance of the Worcester Public Schools with Chapter 71, Section 96 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which requires that "[e]ach public school shall have a policy, regarding substance use prevention and the education of its students about the dangers of substance abuse. The school shall notify the parents or guardians of all students attending the school of the policy and shall post the policy on the school’s website."

 
 

gb #6-236   -   Miss Biancheria
                        (June 17, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a copy of the job description of the new position created as a compliance position to oversee Durham Transportation and also include:

 -   a list of the present positions in the Worcester Public Schools’ Transportation Department
 -   a copy of the Durham Transportation contract and
 -   a payment schedule to Durham Transportation 

 
 

gb #6-237   -   Administration
                         (June 17, 2016)

To extend the proposed contract of Attorney Sean P. Sweeney for three years.

 
  gb #6-238   -   Administration
                        (June 20, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $2,500 for student scholarships from the Voya Foundation in recognition of the Worcester Public Schools being the 2016 recipient of the Donald Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials.  

 
  gb #6-239   -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (June 20, 2016)

To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, Science from Scientists, its founder, Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, an MIT graduate with a doctorate in biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine, and Dr. Don Gammon, a virologist engaged in postdoctoral research at UMass Medical School, for their support for the education of the children of Burncoat Preparatory School in science.

 
   gb #6-240   -  Mr. O’Connell     
                         (June 20, 2016)

To forward letters of congratulations to the following recent graduates of the Worcester Public Schools who have been awarded scholarships by Bay State Savings Bank based on their academic achievements, character, and service to their community:

Claremont Academy – Akua Sarpomaah
Doherty Memorial High School – Morgaine Payson
North High School – Elena Jacques
Worcester Technical High School – Kimberly Davis

 
  gb #6-241   -  Mr. O’Connell
                       (June 20, 2016)

To forward letters of congratulations to Adja Sackor, of Worcester Technical High School, on earning All-America Honors in the triple jump, and Francis Konneh, Levone Thomas, George Biney, and Edward Bohmah on earning fourth in the Emerging Elite class, all at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A & T University.

 
 

gb #6-242   -  Administration
                      (June 22, 2016)

To accept a donation from Furniture Trust Organization, Inc. in the amount of $2000.00 for students at St. Casimir’s receiving first place in the 2016 Furniture Trust’s Eco Carpentry Challenge.

 
 

gb #6-243   -   Administration
                       (June 22, 2016)

To accept a donation from Ryder System, Inc. in the amount of $200 to go towards South High School’s Diesel Tech Program.

 
 

gb #6-244   -  Administration
                      (June 22, 2016)

To accept a donation from UMASS Memorial Health Care, Inc. in the amount of $2,800.00 to help support the Belmont Community School’s summer physical education and healthy eating programs.

 
 

gb #6-245   -  Administration
                      (June 22, 2016)

To accept a donation from Main South Community Development Corp in the amount of $75.00 to Goddard School of Science and Technology.

 
  gb #6-246   -  Administration   
                       (June 22, 2016)

To accept a donation from Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $500.00 to Chandler Magnet School.

 
  gb #6-247   -  Mr. O’Connell
                        (June 22, 2016)

To forward a letter of congratulations to Oved Rico, a junior at South High Community School, on receiving the Artistic Director's Scholarship Award and a Merit Scholarship from the Robert Booth Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

 
  gb #6-248   -  Mr. O’Connell
                       (June 23, 2016)

To set a date to recognize AbbVie, with gratitude and appreciation, for the time and effort devoted by its staff to refurbishment of the Burncoat High School Library, as part of its “Week of Possibilities” volunteer initiative.

 
  gb #6-249   -  Administration
                        (June 24, 2016)

To accept donations in the total amount of $785 for the Special Education Transitions Program.

 

gb #6-250   -  Administration
                        (June 24, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $40,000 for Chandler Magnet School from the “Growing Our Vision” Gala Fundraiser Event & Celebrity Fashion Show. 

 
  gb #6-251   -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (June 30, 2016)

To review the technology capabilities of the Worcester schools, to determine whether they are equipped to implement the computer-based MCAS testing regimen in grades four and eight during the 2016-2017 academic year, as to number of computers available, internet bandwidth, and device compatibility, without significantly impeding computer-based instruction during the weeks of testing.

 
 

gb #6-252   -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (June 30, 2016)

To review the approved FY17 state budget as to its impact on funding of the Worcester Public Schools, and to make any necessary or appropriate adjustments to the school district budget, ideally prior to the start of the school year as to staffing.

 
 

gb #6-253  -   Mayor Petty 
                       (July 7, 2016)

To consider an update to the FY17 Budget based upon the final state budget.

Annex A (4 pages) 

 

 

gb #6-254  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (July 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the 2015-16 teacher survey in a Friday Letter this month.

 
 

gb #6-255  -   Administration
                       (July 7, 2016)

Request that any items or motions that were referred for responses in a Friday Letter, that are not acted upon within 24 months, should automatically be filed.

 
 

gb #6-256  -   Miss Biancheria
                        (July 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the number of students and the school sites that have received the MCAS appeals for 2013-14 and 2014-15.

 
 

gb #6-257  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (July 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration make certain that the grounds at City View School and Belmont Street Community School are well trimmed.

 
 

gb #6-258  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (July 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide an inventory in October 2016 of the recess equipment by school.

 
 

gb #6-259  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (July 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the progress or completion of painting crosswalks near schools, especially Belmont Street Community School’s crosswalk.

 
 

gb #6-260  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (July 7, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report indicating by individual school its designated level (I, II, III, IV or V) and outline ways in which these levels can be improved.

 
 

gb #6-261 -  Administration
                      (July 7, 2016)

To accept the following donations for Chandler Elementary School:

$1,619.70 from Jesse Kim
$1,000 from METSO and
$500 from Nouria Energy Corporation

 
 

 

gb #6-262  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (July 7, 2016)

 

To set a date to congratulate Albert G. Ganem Jr., Manager of Professional Learning, on his selection as Superintendent of the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District.

 

 
 

gb #6-263    - Administration
                        (July 7, 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 strategy with respect to litigation and strategy for collective bargaining for a denial of access.
  • To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for the following Collective Bargaining Agreements, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares:

Plumbers and Steamfitters

Tradesmen

Custodians

Nurses

Drivers and Monitors

Cafeteria Workers

Administrative Secretaries

Teachers

  • 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 #15/16-18.
  • 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 strategy with respect to a Collective Bargaining request for voluntary recognition and accretion for speech Pathology Assistants.

 

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

"The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609, 508-799-3020."