Agenda #6 - February 4, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #6

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, February 4, 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 Greg Lisby
                            All Saints Episcopal Church 

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

aor #6-3 -   Clerk
                   (January 26, 2016)

 To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Friday, January 15, 2016.

aor #6-4 -      Clerk
                      (January 26, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, January 21, 2016.

 Annex A (4 pages)

 

 Annex A (24 pages)

 

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
  gb #5-285.2  -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Foley/
                          Mayor Petty
                         (January 5, 2016)

To recognize the following individuals of the 365Z Foundation for implementing their program of kindness in the Worcester Public Schools:

Rosemary Ford, President

Paul LaCava, Co-founder

Ed Gardella, Co-founder

gb #5-345.1  -    Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                           (January 8, 2016)

To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the donation of $50,000 by the Worcester Rotary Club to assist with construction, by the students of Worcester Technical High School, of the Myra Kraft Footbridge at Elm Park and to recognize a representative from Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the work of its students in the engineering of the bridge.

gb #6-8.1  -    Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                       (January 25, 2016)

To recognize former City Councilors Frederick C. Rushton and Philip P. Palmieri for their years of dedication and support on behalf of the Worcester Public Schools and the children of Worcester.

gb #6-12.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                       (January 25, 2016)

To recognize and to congratulate Paula Harrity, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, on the occasion of her retirement from the Worcester Public Schools, and to thank her for her decades of dedicated service to the children of Worcester.

gb #6-54  -  Administration
                    (January 25, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
 

ros #6-1  -   Administration
                    (January 27, 2016)

FY17 PRELIMINARY BUDGET ESTIMATES

 Annex A (34 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
     
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE - NONE  
     
IX. PERSONNEL  

 6-6

 

 

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

Latham, Lance, Teacher, Special Education, North High, BA+15, Step 5, $58,296 effective January 19, 2016. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12. 

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #6-55  -     Administration
                       (January 15, 2016)

To accept the Worcester HEARS (Healthy Environment and Resilience in Schools) grant in the amount of $431,700.

 Annex A (9 pages)
 

gb #6-56  -     Administration
                      (January 15, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $1,000.00 from Fallon Community Health Plan to support the food pantry at Burncoat High School.

 
 

gb #6-57  -     Administration
                      (January 15, 2016)

To accept the STARS Residencies FY16 University Park Campus School grant in the amount of $2,200.

 Annex A (2 pages)
  gb #6-58  -    Administration
                     (January 15, 2016)

To accept the Making Connections-Mandala Weaving grant for Jacob Hiatt Magnet School in the amount of $2,405.

 Annex A (2 pages)
 

gb #6-59  -     Mr. Monfredo
                       (January 15, 2016)

To set the date of March 11, 2016 to meet with the Legislative Delegation to:

-       discuss items generated by the School Committee

-       consider working on the creation of laws that would benefit the children and

-       request items from the delegation to be included on the agenda.

 
 

gb #6-60  -     Mr. Monfredo
                      (January 18, 2016)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following students and Art groups for being selected as winners in the Martin Luther King, Jr. art contest:

Heard Street Discovery Academy

            Kayla Tran, grade 5

            Tommy Burny, grade 6

 Art Groups

            City View School

            West Tatnuck School

            Lake View School

            Flagg Street School

 
 

gb #6-61  -     Mr. Monfredo
                       (January 18, 2016)

To set a date to recognize South High Community School’s Marching Band under the direction of Johnetta Smith for being selected to represent the State of Massachusetts in the commemoration of the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, PA.

 
 

gb #6-62  -  Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 19, 2016)

To forward a letter, on behalf of the School Committee, to congratulate the South High Community School’s Robotics Club, and coaches Greg Ricardi and Tara Vaidya, on winning the 2015-16 VEX Robotics Competition at Quinsigamond Community College and to wish them continued success at the March state championship.

 
 

gb #6-63  -     Mr. O’Connell
                       (January 19, 2016)

To forward a letter, on behalf of the School Committee, to congratulate Coach Gerald Snay and the students of North High School and Worcester Technical High School on their success at the East Coast Track and Field Invitational Championships and to wish the participating students well at the Eastern States Indoor Championships and at the 2016 elite invitational competitions.

 
 

gb #6-64  -   Mr. O’Connell
                     (January 20, 2016)

To forward letters of appreciation to the students of the Community Service Project of Worcester State University and WPS art instructor Cory Shepherd, for the college and career readiness artwork created by them at May Street School.

 
 

gb #6-65  -     Mr. O’Connell
                       (January 26, 2016)

To discuss the options available to the Worcester Public Schools, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, to waive or modify the state guidelines and regulations which incorporate standardized testing results into the teacher evaluation process. 

 
 

gb #6-66  -     Miss Biancheria
                       (January 26, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a detailed update on the After-School Programs that have been established with the collaborative efforts of the City Manager’s office and the District Attorney’s office. 

 
   

gb #6-67  -     Miss Biancheria
                       (January 27, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide procedures and policies that pertain to students’ arrival and departure from school property by foot, by bus or by parent drop off.

 
 
 

gb #6-68  -     Administration
                       (January 27, 2016)

To accept the Innovation Schools Implementation grant in the amount of $75,000.

 Annex (2 pages)
 

gb #6-69  -     Administration
                       (January 27, 2016)

To accept the Pre-school Expansion grant in the amount of $40,000.

 Annex A (2 pages)
 

gb #6-70  -    Mr. O’Connell, Chair/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley
                     (January 27, 2016)

To consider approval of the draft copies of the Job Description, Application Form and the Evaluation Form which will be used in the process for the selection of the next Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #6-71  -     Administration
                       (January 27, 2016)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the governmental body, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.

 
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."