Agenda #26 - October 20, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #26

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, October 20, 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 H. Edward Chalmers
                          St. Stephen’s Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
  aor #6-22 -   Clerk
                     (October 12, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Friday, September 30, 2016.

aor #6-23 -   Clerk
                      (October 21, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 6, 2016.

 Annex A (4 pages)

 

 

Annex A (23 pages)

 

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
  gb #6-346.1  -   Administration/Administration
                          (October 11, 2016)

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

gb #6-348  -   Administration
                        (October 11, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
 

ros #6-8.1  -   Administration/Administration
                       (October 11, 2016)

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

 
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.  
IX. PERSONNEL  

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

            Andersen, Mary Patricia, Coach, Elementary, effective October 2, 2016.

 

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

            Pickett, Michael, Teacher, Social Studies, effective August 5, 2016.

            Wood, Michael, Teacher, Mathematics, effective October 7, 2016.

 

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

Coffin, Erin, Teacher, Elementary, Woodland, MA, Step 8, $72,283 effective October 3, 2016. Licensed: Early Childhood with and without Disabilities Prek-2.

Doyle, Craig, Teacher, Mathematics, Burncoat Middle, BA, Step 2, $47,522 effective October 5, 2016. Licensed: Mathematics 5-8.

Fluet, Courtney, Teacher, Gates Lane, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective September 19, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

O’Leary, Krystal, Teacher, Vocational, Worcester Technical, VL4, Step 5, $63,227 effective October 3, 2016. Waiver: Health Assisting 9-14.

Parretti, Julie, Teacher, Mathematics, Sullivan Middle, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective October 6, 2016. Licensed:  Mathematics 5-8.

Pingitore, Dominic, Teacher, Elementary, Goddard, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective September 28, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Pumphrey, Robert, Teacher, History, Nelson Place, MA, Step 8, $72,283 effective September 28, 2016. Licensed: History 5-8.

 

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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 #316-044, effective as shown:

Berrios, Bobbie Jo                9/19/16
Gerardi, Jacqueline               9/19/16
Betancourt, Helmer              9/19/16
Wright, Monica                     9/19/16
Mosquea, Bryan                   9/19/16
Amankwah, Helen                 9/19/16
Bulikowski, Catherine            9/21/16
Melendez Calo, Diannelly      9/21/16
Cicero, Leah                          9/21/16
Aragon, Elda                         9/21/16
Sweet, Maria                         9/23/16
Fuente, Cynthia                    9/23/16
Stewart, Elizabeth                9/23/16
Martin, Theresa                    9/26/16
Eligon, Nicholi                       9/26/16
Navarro, Christian                9/26/16
Miller, Julianna                     9/26/16
Balcom, Joanne                   10/3/16
Ameyaa, Rita                       10/3/16

 

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The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $18.08 (minimum) to $21.99 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Mahan, Christine            8/19/16
Vazquez, Raquel            8/22/16
Matos, Isamar               8/29/16
Anifantis, Sara               9/19/16
Vazquez, Martha          10/11/16

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #5-2.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                      (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to apply for funding for expansion of the preschool education program of the Worcester Public Schools under the Preschool Expansion Grant Program of the United States Department of Education.

Backup

 

 

 

gb #5-75.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                        (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide an explanation from the Superintendent regarding the deletion, from the SAGE automated system utilized by schools to suspend students, for the following grounds for suspension of students:

Excessive Tardies – Code R09
Demerits – Code R16
Repeated Class Cuts – Code R21
Truancy – Code R22
Fighting – Code R4a
Failure to Take Detentions – Code Rxa
Multiple Class Disruptions/Referrals – Code Rxb
Failure to Wear ID – Code Rxc
Failure to Follow Directions – Code Rya
Obscene Language/Gestures – Code Ryb
Forgery/Plagiarism – Code Ryc
Inciting a Disturbance – Code Ryd
Leaving School without Permission – Code Rye
Lab/Shop Safety Violation – Code Ryf
Bus Infraction – Code Ryg
Disruption of Assembly/Arrest – Code Ryh

Backup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  gb #5-185.1  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                           (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report regarding Content Liaisons to include the number of them in the system, the areas they work in and indicate the line item which contains their salaries.

 Annex A (3 pages)

 

 

 

gb #5-267.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria
                          (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request that the School Committee meet with the local legislative body three times during the school year and schedule the first meeting during the month of November.

 Backup

 

 

 

gb #6-256.1  -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo
                           (October 13, 2016)

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

Annex A (1 page) 

Annex B (11 pages)

 

 

gb #6-265.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                           Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                           (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to determine whether the Administration has signed the 2017 Grant Assurances Document of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and, if so, whether and how it complies with its obligations to "expel from school for a period of not less than one year any student who is determined to have brought a firearm to a school under the jurisdiction of the district," subject to due process and case-by-case modifications "on a case-by-case basis", also as mandated by the Gun-Free Schools Act, Public Law No. 107-110 section 4141, 20 United States Code Section 7151.

Annex A (2 pages)

Annex B (15 pages)

 

 

 

 

 

gb #6-309.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                         Miss Biancheria
                        (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request for a list of the dates of the first meetings of the school site councils for the 2016-2017 academic year, which meetings are to be held “no later than forty days after the first day of school”, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 59C of the Massachusetts General Laws.

 Annex A (2 pages)

 

 

 

 

gb #6-312.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/
                         Miss McCullough
                        (October 13, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of the services that are offered to the public at Worcester Technical High School.

Annex A (1 page)

 

 

 

 

gb #6-321.1  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria
                           (October 11, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide at the School Committee meeting on October 20, 2016 a list of classes that have 25 or more students in Kindergarten with no Instructional Assistant.

 Backup

 

 

   gb #6-349  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (October 3, 2016)

To consider designing the next replacement schools to be built in Worcester so that their libraries can be utilized by the community as "satellite libraries" during non-school hours, wherever and whenever appropriate, in cooperation with the Worcester Public Library.

 
  gb #6-350  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (October 3, 2016)

To distribute lists of programs, events and activities held at the Worcester Public Library to students through the Worcester Public Schools, and to the WPS community through WPS communications.

 
  gb #6-351  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (October 3, 2016)

Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to Kevin Cox, a Burncoat High School  Science Teacher and Robotics Program Instructor for having his book entitled 123 ½ Weird Wacky Moments of Science: Or Otherwise Interesting Moments of Science published.

 
  gb #6-352  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (October 3, 2016)

Request that the Administration forward letters to the principals at North and South High Community schools to congratulate them on their successful AP kickoff as a way of encouraging students to make AP study a priority.

 
 

gb #6-353  -   Mr. Monfredo
                        (October 3, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider teaching Charlie Ball’s “The Smiley Face Song” in honor of Worcester native Harvey Ball, the creator of “The World Wide Smiley Face.”

Annex A (4 pages)

 

 

 

 

gb #6-354  -   Administration
                        (October 11, 2016)

To accept the following donations for Heard Street School:

$32.24 from P&J Vending
$911.15 from Lifetouch  

 
 

gb #6-355  -   Administration
                        (October 11, 2016)

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

 

 
 

gb #6-356  -   Administration
                        (October 11, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $50.00 from an anonymous donor for the Day Care Program at Burncoat High School.

 
  gb #6-357  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (October 12, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the Junior ROTC Programs to include:

- the number of participants and
- a description of their community projects/activities for 2015-16 and 2016-17

 
  gb #6-358  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (October 12, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training currently taking place in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #6-359  -   Miss Biancheria
                        (October 12, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the window replacements that took place during the Summer and Fall of 2016. 

 
  gb #6-360  -   Administration
                       (October 12, 2016)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Teachers and Unit B, 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.

Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining and litigation 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.

c&p #6-9 

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.

gb #6-332

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.

 
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."