Agenda #31 - December 15, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #31

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, December 15, 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 Clyde Talley
                          Belmont AME Zion Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
  aor #6-27 -   Clerk
                      (December 7, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 1, 2016.

 Annex A (10 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION- NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
  gb #6-406  -   Administration
                       (December 5, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
  ros #6-15  -    Administration
                       (December 7, 2016)

PRE-SCHOOL EXPANSION PLAN

Annex A (2 pages)
Annex B (23 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
     
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:34 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.


The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.

 
IX. PERSONNEL  

6-51

 

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

Noone, Barbara, Teacher, Elementary, Tatnuck Magnet School, effective November 30, 2016

 

6-52

 

 

 

 

 

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

Beaudoin, Paul, Teacher, Music, Worcester East Middle School, Doc, Step 8, $83,311 effective November 23, 2016. Licensed: Music All levels.

Blake, Tara, Teacher, Special Education, Goddard School of Science and Technology, BA, Step 2, $47,522 plus alternative stipend $4,506 effective December 5, 2016. Waiver in Severe Disabilities – all levels.

Collins, Eileen, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective December 5, 2016. Licensed English as a Second Language Prek-6.

Kennedy, Amy, Teacher, Elementary, Tatnuck Magnet School, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $82,124 effective November 28, 2016. Licensed: Early Childhood with and without Disabilities Prek-3.

Maher, Stephanie, Teacher, Elementary, Elm Park Community School, BA, Step 1, $45,064 + extended day stipend, effective November 28, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #6-399.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                          (December 7, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide the salary schedules for both the two non-represented confidential principal clerks and the two non-represented confidential head clerks to align with the represented 52 Week Administrative Secretaries.

 Annex A (2 pages)
  gb #6-407  -   Administration
                       (November 28, 2016)

To accept the following donations in the total amount of $1,700 for the Goddard Scholars Academy:

$500.00 from Susan & Seth Popinchalk
$500.00 from Steven & Clare Gentilucci
$700.00 from Elena & Frank Fechner  

 
  gb #6-408  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (November 28, 2016)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to S.O.F.A (Save our Fine Arts) - Worcester Arts Magnet School, Burncoat Middle School, and Burncoat High School for the sponsorship of (“Fame”, the Fine Arts Magnet Extravaganza) held in the Friel Memorial Auditorium at Burncoat Middle School and thank the students and staff who participated in this outstanding event.

 
 

gb #6-409      Mr. O’Connell
                       (November 28, 2016)

To establish a process for consultation by the Superintendent with the School Committee as to school improvement plans, as mandated by Chapter 255 of the Acts of 2016.

 
 

gb #6-410  -   Miss Biancheria
                       (December 1, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide the following information regarding the evaluations of principals: 

    • a description of the prior evaluation process indicating who was responsible for its execution and
    • a description of a current evaluation process indicating who is responsible for its execution and include any changes that have been developed
 
 

gb #6-411  -   Miss Biancheria
                        (December 1, 2016)

Request that the Administration develop a process to address the issues of older school buildings to include examinations of:

    • water systems
    • foundations
    • leaking roofs
    • heating systems and
    • wrapped pipes
 
  gb #6-412  -   Ms. Colorio
                       (December 5, 2016)

Request that the Administration renew the licenses of all administrators and teachers working in the Worcester Public Schools using the new data base tool from DESE

 
  gb #6-413  -   Ms. Colorio
                       (December 5, 2016)

Request that the Administration send out a robo call informing parents of the availability of an educational alternative, if needed, at the Rockdale Recovery School for students struggling with drugs and alcohol addiction.

 
 

gb #6-414  -   Ms. Colorio
                        (December 5, 2016)

Request that the Administration send a robo call informing parents of the Worcester Opiate Educational Forum, sponsored by the Worcester District Attorney’s Opiate Educational Task Force, which will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Worcester Technical High School.

 
 

gb #6-415  -   Administration
                        (December 7, 2016)

To approve payment of a prior year contractual reimbursement in the amount of $125.00 for a bus driver’s physical and certificate. 

 
 

gb #6-416  -   Administration
                        (December 7, 2016)

To authorize the Superintendent to enter into contracts of up to twenty years for the purchase of electricity through net metering energy credits.

 
 

gb #6-417  -   Administration
                        (December 7, 2016)

To approve prior year invoices totaling $74,967.76 for special education transportation services.

 
 

gb #6-418  -   Administration
                        (December 7, 2016)

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.

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.  -  Lyons vs. The Worcester Public Schools, et al.

 
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."