Agenda #25 and 25A - October 6, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #25 and 25A

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, October 6, 2016
at:
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 Richard Trainor
                          Blessed Sacrament Church

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

aor #6-21 -   Clerk
                      (September 26, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, September 15, 2016. 

Annex A (25 pages) 

 

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #6-301.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                           Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                           (September 20, 2016)

To recognize and to congratulate Robert F. Pezzella, Director of School Safety, upon his selection as Grand Marshal of the 22nd Annual Columbus Day Parade, which will be held on Sunday, October 9, at noon.

gb #6-314.1  -      Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                              Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                              (September 20, 2016)

To recognize Worcester Technical High School on receiving a Financial Education Innovation Fund grant from the Office of the State Treasurer, which is designed to expand Credit for Life and/or financial education fairs.

gb #6-319  -   Administration
                       (September 28, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
  ros #6-8  -   Administration
                    (September 28, 2016)

UPDATE ON THE 2016 RESULTS FROM STATE TESTING AND DESE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

 
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
  c&p #6-9  -  Clerk
                   (September 26, 2016)

To consider a communication from a citizen relative to a request that the School Committee drop its Court Appeal and allow for testing for PCBs at Burncoat High and Doherty Memorial High schools.

 Annex A (1 page)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE - NONE  
IX. PERSONNEL  

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The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the following person named below:

Dowd, Andrea, Teacher, Elementary, Quinsigamond, effective August 17, 2016.

Leary, Marilyn, Teacher, Elementary, Thorndyke, effective September 15, 2017.

Lemelin, Roger, Teacher, Art, Systemwide, effective September 17, 2016.

 

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The Superintendent has ACKNOWLEDGED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

Gillette, Ronni, Teacher, Music, Elm Park, effective September 14. 2016.

Kramer, Molly, Teacher, Special Education, Sullivan effective July 14, 2016.

 

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The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below effective as shown:

Baker, Katherine, Teacher, Vocational, Worcester Technical, Level 6, Step 4, $64,567 effective September 19, 2016. Licensed: Animal Science 9-14.

Barston, Nicole, Teacher, Elementary, Thorndyke, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective September 19, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Bastien, Kathryn, Department Head, English, Sullivan, MA+30, Step 9, $80,444+ Department Head stipend of $2,122 effective September 16, 2016. Licensed: English 9-12.

Bisceglia, Nicholas, Teacher, Music, Systemwide, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective September 21, 2016. Licensed: Music all levels.

Brennan, Michael, Acting Assistant Principal, South, MA, Step 4, $87,690 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal 9-12. 

Carpenter, Holly, Teacher, Library, Union Hill/Chandler Elementary, Step 2, $49,819 effective September 19, 2016. Licensed: Library all levels.

Civello, Jean, Teacher, Special Education, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective August 25, 2016. Waiver: Severe Disabilities all levels.

Courtney, Heather, Department Head, Guidance, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $87,345 effective September 16, 2016. Licensed: School Guidance 5-12.

Dawkins, Ralph, Teacher, AVID, Sullivan, MA+15, Step 8, $73,602 effective September 12, 2016. Licensed: Social Studies 5-9.

Donahue, Susan, Acting Principal, Rice Square, $97,000, MA+30 effective July 1, 2016.

Dottin, Craig, Acting Assistant Principal, Vernon Hill, CAGS/2MA Step 9, $91,415 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Dubreuil, Laura, Teacher, Elementary, Quinsigamond, MA, Step 9, $76,790 effective September 20, 2016. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-3.

Duva, Michael, Department Head, Mathematics, North, BA+15, Step 9, $76,790+ Department Head stipend of $2,122, effective September 16, 2016. Licensed: Mathematics 8-12.

Ford, Jaclyn, Teacher, Gates Lane, BA+15, Step 3, $53,368 effective August 26, 2016. Waiver: Severe Disabilities, all levels.

Garceau, Emily, Teacher, Elementary, Belmont, MA, Step 2, $53,437. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Geitz, Lynne, Department Head, Science, Worcester East Middle, Doc, Step 9, $88,089+ Department head stipend of $1,591 effective September 8, 2016. Licensed: Biology 5-8.                

Gentile, Verity, Teacher, English as a Second Language, MA, Step 5, $61,912. Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-6.

Grasseschi-Roach, Cindy, Department Head, Special Education, Claremont, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $82,124+ Department Head stipend of $1591, effective September 8, 2016. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

Haynes, Marie, Acting Assistant Principal, Rice Square, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $91,415 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Irizarry, Noeliz, Acting Assistant Principal, Union Hill, BA+15, Step 8, $77,956 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal.

Kelly, Kerrie, Acting Assistant Principal, Canterbury, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $91,415 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Kendall, Robert, Teacher, Mathematics, MA, Step 8, $66,369. Licensed: Mathematics 8-12.

Keniston, Wallace, Teacher, Library, MA, Step 5 $61,912. Waiver: Library Media all levels.

Kent, Ashley, Teacher, Special Education, South, BA+15, Step 3, $53,369. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

Lane, Jeffrey, Department Head, Worcester Technical, MA, Step 8, $82,010 effective September 16, 2016. Licensed: Health/Family Consumer Science All levels and Physical Education 5-12.

Lindgren, Thomas, Acting Assistant Principal, Chandler Magnet ACT, MA, Step 9, $86,081+ Alternative Stipend of $4,506. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Looney, James, Assistant Principal, Claremont, MA, Step 4, $87,690 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal 5-12. 

Mendes, Luz, Department Head, North, MA, Step 9, $76,790+ Department Head Stipend of $1,591 effective September 16, 2016. Licensed: Foreign Language [Spanish] 5-12.

Michaud, Sue, Department Head, Guidance, Burncoat High, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $82,124+ head guidance stipend of $2,652 effective September 8, 2016. Licensed: School Guidance Counselor 5-12.

Moriarty, Joseph, Teacher, Special Education, North, BA+15, Step 2, $49,819. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

Morse, Marie, Manager, Elementary, Systemwide, CAGS/2MA, $145,000 effective July 1, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Moulin, Kellie, Acting Assistant Principal, South, CAGS/2MA, Step 2, $93,509 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal 9-12.

Norton, Megan, Teacher, Mathematics, Burncoat High, BA, Step 2, $47,522 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed Mathematics 8-12.

Olson, James, Teacher, English as a Second Language, MA, Step 2, $53,437. Effective August 25, 2106. Licensed: English as a Second Language 8-12.

O’Neil, Susan, Manager, Elementary, Systemwide, DOC, $145,000 effective July 1, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Panagiotidis, Magdelena Ganias, Acting Manager, Professional Learning and Curriculum, DOC, $139,000 effective July 1, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal 9-12.

Papadopoulas, Olga, Acting Assistant Principal, South, CAGS/2MA Step 2, $93,509 effective 8/25/16. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal 9-12.

Poirier, Melissa, Department Head, English, Forest Grove, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $82,124 +department head stipend of $1591 effective September 8, 2016. Licensed: Middle School 5-9.

Raimo, Angela, Teacher, Chandler Magnet, BA+15, Step 2, $49,819 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Robertson, Jenna, Teacher, Elementary/English as a Second Language, Systemwide, BA+15, Step 4, $55,836. Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-6 and Elementary 1-6.

Scanlon, Mary Ellen, Acting Principal, Worcester Arts Magnet, CAGS/2MA, $97,000 effective July 1, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Scichilone, Kara, Assistant Principal, Goddard, MA+30, Step 9, $89,335 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal K-8.

Serrato, Alicia, Teacher, Special Education, Canterbury, BA+15, Step 1, $47,360 effective August 26, 2016. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.

Severens (Nally), Erin, Teacher, Elementary, Goddard, MA, Step 2, $53,437 effective August 26, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Sirignano, Tina, Teacher, Foreign Language, Doherty, BA+15, Step 9, $72,903 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Foreign Language [Spanish] 5-12.

Smith, Kathleen, Teacher, Elementary, MA, Step 4, $59,449 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Spellman, Susan, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Columbus Park, MA, Step 4, $59,499. Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-6.

Sprow, Alexandra, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Canterbury, BA, Step 2 $47,522 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-8.

Squires, Heath, Teacher, Elementary, Union Hill, BA, Step 8, $66,363. Licensed: Mathematics 5-9.

Stemple, Richard, Teacher, Music, Systemwide, MA, Step 8, $72,283. Licensed: Music, Prek-12.

Syre-Hager, Stephanie, Assistant Principal, Quinsigamond, MA+230, Step 9, $89,335 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal PreK-6.

Tabales, Ishmael, Acting Principal, Union Hill, CAGS/2MA, effective 7/1/16. Licensed: Principal/Assistant Principal Prek-6.

Torres, Alice, Teacher, Foreign Language, BA+15, Step 8, $68,665 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Foreign Language [Spanish] 5-12.

Vecchio, Nina, Teacher, Elementary, Belmont, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Urella (Simone), Christina, Teacher, Elementary, Woodland, MA, Step 5, $61,912 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.

Wheeler, Melanie, Teacher, Elementary, West Tatnuck, BA, Step 4, $53,537 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Williamson, Arthur, Teacher, Special Education, Worcester East, BA+15, Step 3, $53,369 effective September 26, 2016. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

Zaleski, Jessica, Teacher, English as a Second Language, South, BA+15, Step 6, $60,758 effective August 25, 2016. Waiver: English as a Second Language 8-12.

Zarou, Jenna, Teacher, Elementary, Goddard, MA, Step 3, $56,987 effective August 25, 2016. Licensed: August 25, 2016.

Zhobro, Tonida, Teacher, Special Education, Gates Lane, MA, Step 1, $50,978 effective August 25, 2016. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #6-153.4  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio  (September 21, 2016)

To consider responses to the following motions regarding:

   -   a report on the graduation expenses

   -   an update on the landscape improvements at the Parent Information Center and

   -   provision of bullet points in future Budgets to differentiate grant funded vs. City funded positions

Annex A (1 page) 

Annex B (1 page)

Annex C (1 page)

 

 

gb #6-227.1  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                           (September 21, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to schedule work with the staff from facilities in the Worcester Public Schools to make certain that the grounds at City View and Belmont Street Community schools are cleared and maintained through the Summer into the Fall.

Annex A (1 page) 

 

 

 

gb #6-257.1  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo
                            (September 21, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to make certain that the grounds at City View School and Belmont Street Community School are well trimmed.

Annex A (1 page) 

 

 

 

gb #6-259.1  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo
                            (September 22, 2016)

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

Backup 

 

 

gb #6-266.1  -    Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/
                            Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria
                            (September 21, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to determine whether to restore, or to remove, the "guard shack" at Burncoat High School.

Annex A (1 page)

 

 

 

gb #6-298.1  -   Administration/Administration
                          (September 28, 2016)

To consider amending the prior fiscal year payment for an Instructional Assistant from $6,220.01 to $6,376.23.

 
 

gb #6-320  -   Mr. Foley
                       (September 9, 2016)

To recognize and observe International Walk to School Day, celebrated on October 5 this year.

 
 

gb #6-321  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (September 15, 2016)

Request that the Administration give a high priority in the next budget session to adding at least five additional kindergarten Instructional Assistants each year starting with level three schools until all kindergarten classes have an Instructional Assistant.

 
 

gb #6-322  -   Administration
                       (September 15, 2016)

To accept the Financial Education Innovation Fund Grant in the amount of $5,000 from the State Treasurer’s Financial Education Innovation Funds.

Annex A (3 pages)

 

 

 

gb #6-323  -   Administration
                       (September 15, 2016)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $301.50 made payable to ABACS, LLC for services rendered to students in June 2015.

 
 

gb #6-324  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (September 19, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider inviting high school students to sing the National Anthem at School Committee Meetings.

 
 

gb #6-325  -   Administration
                       (September 20, 2016)

To accept the following donations for Tatnuck Magnet School in the total amount of $633.51:

  $11.01 from P&J Vending
  $100.00 from Sharon & Wayne Griffin to purchase books
  $522.50 from Lifetouch 

 
 

gb #6-326  -   Administration
                        (September 20, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 from UMASS Medical School for the Healthy Kids & Family Project at Burncoat Street Preparatory School.

 
 

gb #6-327  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (September 20, 2016)

Request that the Worcester Public Schools participate in the “National Education Support Professionals” Day on November 16th with an email and a proclamation from the Mayor thanking our paraprofessionals, office workers, instructional assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers, nutritionists, trade workers, security guards and bus drivers for all that they do for the school system.

 Annex A (1 page)

 

 

  gb #6-328  -   Administration
                      (September 20, 2016)

To authorize the Administration to enter into contracts for five years for the lease of up to ten special education school buses. 

Annex A (2 pages)
  gb #6-329  -   Administration
                       (September 21, 2016)

To accept a donation from the Sarah Daniels Petit and William O. Petit, Jr. Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation in the amount of $5,940.00 for Worcester Technical High School.

 

 

  gb #6-330  -   Mr. Monfredo
                     (September 22, 2016)

Request that the Administration send an email to all school nurses to congratulate them for being among the Massachusetts School Nurses to receive the “Children’s Vision Massachusetts Recognition Award” in the category of “School Vision Champions” by the Children’s Visions Massachusetts Coalition.

 
 

gb #6-331  -   Administration
                        (September 21, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 from UMASS Medical School for Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School.

 
 

gb #6-332  -   Mr. Monfredo
                        (September 26, 2016)

Request that the Administration drop the appeal and allow PCB testing at Burncoat High School and Doherty Memorial High School this school year and do what is necessary to correct the problem.

 

 
 

gb #6-333  -   Miss McCullough
                       (September 26, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the level of involvement of the Worcester Public Schools in the National Manufacturing Day on October 7, 2016. 

 
 

gb #6-334  -   Miss McCullough
                        (September 26, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider the feasibility of establishing a citywide girl’s ice hockey team. 

 
  gb #6-335  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (September 26, 2016)

To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the twenty-five employees of UMass Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School who landscaped and gardened the grounds of Belmont Street Community School as part of the United Way "Day of Caring".

 
 

gb #6-336  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (September 26, 2016)

To recognize September 21, 2017 as “Peace Day” in the Worcester Public Schools, pursuant to Senate Bill No. 2181.

 
 

gb #6-337  -   Administration
                        (September 28, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 from UMASS Medical School for the Health Kids & Family Project at Lincoln Street School.

 
 

gb #6-338  -   Administration
                        (September 28, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $100.00 from Patience Agyapong for Tatnuck Magnet School.

 
 

gb #6-339  -   Ms. Colorio
                        (September 28, 2016)

To discuss the Worcester Public School policy on employees wearing political attire; including but not limited to political t-shirts, hats and buttons.

Annex A (1 pages)
 

gb #6-340  -   Ms. Colorio
                        (September 28, 2016)

To discuss the impact of the ballot Question 4; "Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" and its impact on the Worcester Public Schools and the Community and support the resolution to oppose Question 4.

Annex A (3 pages)

Annex B (2 pages)

Annex C (4 pages)

Annex D (1 pages)

  gb #6-341  -   Administration
                       (September 28, 2016)

To consider approval of a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $1,334.00 for a Summer 2016 Cohort provided by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA).

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #6-342  -   Administration
                        (September 28, 2016)

To accept the High School Chemistry Classroom Grant in the amount of $1,468 to increase the overall efficiency of lab procedures and curriculum during the school year.

 Annex A (4 pages)
  gb #6-343  -   Miss Biancheria
                      (September 28, 2016)

Request that the School Committee review the Job Description of an Applied Behavioral Analyst (ABA) and indicate the way in which these positions are budgeted.

 
  gb #6-344  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (September 28, 2016)

Request that the Administration make a presentation regarding the Safe Schools Summit, sponsored by District Attorney Joseph Early, which took place at Worcester Technical High School.

 
  gb #6-345  -  Administration
                     (September 28, 2016)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Cafeteria Employees, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Administrative Secretaries, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Instructional Assistants, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistants, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Nurses, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Educational Secretaries, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 
  Supplemental Agenda  
 

gb #6-346 -    Administration
                       (October 4, 2016)

To celebrate National Principals Month by inviting them to the School Committee Meeting on October 20, 2016.

 
  gb #6-347 -    Administration
                       (October 4, 2016)

To accept the following donations for Woodland Academy in the total amount of $10,764.85:

$        20.71 from Lynnette Diaz
$ 10,744.14 from various fundraising efforts

 
     
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."