Agenda #7 - February 25, 2016

School Committee

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

AGENDA #7

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, February 25, 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 Alex Joseph
                          Our Lady of Mercy Maronite Church

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

aor #6-5 -   Clerk
                   (February 17, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 4, 2016.

 Annex A (16 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #5-321.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                          (February 8, 2016)

To recognize Maureen Binienda, Principal of South High Community School, on her selection as Grand Marshal of the 2016 St. Patrick's Parade.

 
 

gb #6-14.1  -     Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
                           Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                            (February 8, 2016)

To recognize South High Community School’s teachers Erin Morrissey-Hendricks, Mary Sebring and Tara Vaidya on receiving the Mass Insight Partners in Excellence Advanced Placement Teacher Award, "for their demonstrated teaching excellence through student achievement and exemplary leadership in working with Mass Insight Education on the AP STEM program."

 
 

gb #6-15.1  -     Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
                           Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                           (February 8, 2016)

To recognize the following recipients of the 2015 Posse Scholarships:

Burncoat High School

         Alswell Tulasi, Denison University

         Madelyn McKenney-Lydick, Denison University


Doherty Memorial High School

         Tavian Vassar, Bucknell University

         D’mone Walker, Centre College

South High Community School

         Ngoc Ngo, Hamilton College

Worcester Technical High School

            Esmely Munoz, Bucknell University

 
 

gb #6-72  -   Administration
                     (February 8, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
  ros #6-2  -   Administration
                    (February 17, 2016)

BIRTH TO GRADE 3 INITIATIVE

Annex A (2 pages)
Annex B (5 pages)
Annex C (10 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
 

c&p #6-1  -     Clerk
                        (February 16, 2016)

To consider a communication from a citizen regarding a:

  • request that Worcester’s public high schools host a contest for students to design a banner to mount on the telephone poles/street lights near their schools and
  • request that the School Committee’s videos be archived on the City’s website

 Annex A (1 page)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
 
IX. PERSONNEL  

6-07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-08

 

 

 

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 #315-073, effective as shown:

Grimaldi, Donna                   2/4/16

Griffiths, Betsy                      2/4/16

Riordan, Paula                     2/4/16

Fisher, Joan                          2/4/16

Benson, Kimberly                2/4/16

Barnes, Meagan                  2/4/16

Worster, Nicole                     2/4/16

Stapleton, Jillian                  2/4/16

Garcia, Nuri                           2/4/16

Miller, Helena                       2/4/16

Evans, Cynthia                    2/4/16

Hazard, Rasheedah            2/4/16


The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Principal Account Clerk, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $23.10 per hour (minimum) to $27.83 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Legasey, Marie                     2/1/16

Sebring, Caitlin                    2/8/16

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #5-150.1 -   Administration/Mr.Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria
                          (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to review the summer school program and provide a report to include the number of students enrolled, attendance percentage for each school and an evaluation of their educational progress.

 Annex A (160 pages)

 

 

 

  gb #6-28.1-   Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                       (February 17, 2016) 

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of assessments that were administered to kindergarten students for the 2015-16 academic year.

Annex A (1 page) 
  gb #6-30.1 -  Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                       Miss McCullough
                      (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to forward a letter to parents indicating their right to opt their child(ren) out of the PARCC assessment.

Annex A (4 pages) 
  gb #6-35.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough                                         (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to encourage Worcester secondary schools with robotics programs to consider participation in the 2016 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

Backup

 

gb #6-47.1  - Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Colorio/
                       Miss McCullough
                      (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide the February report for the STEM Program to include upcoming events, locations and participating schools.

Backup
Annex A (3 pages)
  gb #6-48.1 -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio
                      (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide the number of consultants that are paid by grant funding or taxpayer dollars currently working in the Worcester Public Schools. 

Annex A (2 pages) 
  gb #6-55.1  -   Administration/Administration
                         (February 11, 2016)

To amend the amount of the HEARS Grant from $431,700 to $401,050.

Annex A (1 page) 

 

gb #6-66.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                        Miss McCullough
                       (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to 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.

Annex A (7 pages)
Annex B (35 pages)
   gb #6-73  -   Administration
                      (January 27, 2016)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $246.69 for mileage reimbursement for a nurse.

 
   gb #6-74  -   Mr. Monfredo
                      (January 27, 2016)

To set a date to recognize Ivonne Perez, Principal of Chandler Magnet School, for receiving the Dr. Stephen Mills award from the Worcester Educational Foundation for supporting its mission of "helping students and teachers thrive."

 
  gb #6-75 -    Mr. Monfredo
                     (February 2, 2016)

To consider the suggestions made by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce for possible inclusion in the FY17 Budget of the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (2 pages) 
  gb #6-76  -  Mr. Monfredo
                    (February 5, 2016)

 To forward letters of appreciation to the following Worcester Historical Museum Valentine Winners:

 Historic

Grade 3

Eliud Vera

McGrath Elementary School

Grade 4

Francie McMahon

Thorndyke Road School

Grade 5

Gabriela Johnson

Alex Salerno

City View School

Lake View School

Grade 6

Chantelly Pizzaro

Grafton Street School

 Contemporary

Grade 3

Yeiralis Irizarry

City View School

Grade 4

Matthew Molle

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Grade 5

Aylina Espejo

City View School

Grade 6

Michael Boateng

Donovan Wellington

Worcester Arts Magnet School

City View School

 Verse

Grade 3

Anja Jane LaJoie

McGrath Elementary School

Grade 4

Melanie Morse

Burncoat Preparatory School

Grade 5

Crystal Abruzzise

Lake View School

Grade 6

Sara Gonzalez

Hannah Shotzberger

Columbus Park School

Grafton Street School

 Masters

Grade 4

Historic

Riley Driscoll

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Grade 5

Contemporary

Nolan Farrell

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Grade 5

Verse

Carlitos Molina

Worcester Arts Magnet Schoo

 

 
  gb #6-77  -Administration
                    (February 8, 2016)

To set a date in April for a public hearing on school choice.

 
 

gb #6-78  -  Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 9, 2016)

To set a date to recognize Donna Lombardi, Director of School Nutrition, on her selection as the recipient of the Lemuel Shattuck Award for her leadership in Public Health and for her work to reduce health inequities in the Commonwealth. 

 
  gb #6-79  -  Mr. Monfredo
                    (February 9, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the Mass. Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) indicating how it is utilized in the school and include any positive outcomes.

 
  gb #6-80 -  Administration
                   (February 11, 2016)

To approve prior year invoices totaling $25,650 for New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) for 2014-15 membership accreditation dues for accreditation of the district’s seven high schools.

Backup 
  gb #6-81 -  Mr. Monfredo
                   (February 11, 2016)

Request that the Administration invite Debra McGovern, Coordinator of School Nurses for the Worcester Public Schools and Cassandra Andersen, Coordinator of the City of Worcester’s Regional Behavioral Health Program to provide an update regarding drug addiction in Worcester.

 
 

gb #6-82  -  Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 12, 2016)

To set a date to congratulate the following individuals who have been selected for induction into the Worcester Public Schools’ Athletic Hall of Fame:
 

Jason Goodrow

Commerce High School

Thomas Griffin

Burncoat High School

Charles Horan

Doherty Memorial High School

Thomas Massey

Worcester Boys’ Trade High School

Amy (Harper) Munger

Doherty Memorial High School

Robert Phaup

Doherty Memorial High School

Lawrence Powers

Worcester Boys’ Trade High School

Reverend George John Ridick

Classical High School

Michael Ross

North High School

Kenneth Troy

Commerce High School 1957 and

North High School 1958

Francis Weeks

Outstanding Contributor to WPS Athletics

 

 
 

gb #6-83  -  Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 12, 2016)

To forward letters of recognition to the American Antiquarian Society, the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the United Bank Foundation and the Worcester Educational Development Foundation for bringing Isaiah Thomas, and the educational program "Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer," to the fifth grades of the Worcester Public Schools, through the Culture LEAP ("Learning through Education and Arts Partnerships") Initiative.

 
 

gb #6-84  - Miss Biancheria
                    (February 16, 2016)

To forward a letter of appreciation, on behalf of the School Committee, to Richard Blaze for his donation of gloves to students at five of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #6-85  -  Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 16, 2016)

To publicize the “Go Fund Me” website of the South High Community School Band, which is raising funds to enable the band to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the celebration of the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and to play with an ensemble of the United States Navy in Annapolis, Maryland on May 20 - 23, 2016.  The website is https://www.gofundme.com/SouthHighBand

 
 

gb #6-86  -  Miss McCullough
                    (February 17, 2016)

To set a date to recognize the following winners of the Worcester Technical High School Tech Fair 2016 and its Coordinator, Jocelyn Coughlin:

1ST Place

Plumbing and Pipe fitting

Soamy Morales

Xavier Sotomayor

Tyler DaSilva

Pathogen Growth in Different Types of Pipes

2ND Place

Environmental Tech

Angel Shenette

Tehya Casey

You’re Safe, but is the Water- Testing the Health of Bodies of Water

3RD Place

Welding & Metal

Julian Daneik

Stephanie Delgado

Heidi O’Connor

Virtual Welding vs. Real Life Welding

4TH Place

Biotech

Melany Acosta

Tatiana Beckford

Jahlyn Hampton

Adja Sackor

Can Worcester Support Microbial Growth in Water

5TH Place

Programming and Web Development

Kendrick Henriquez

Aaron Ofosuhene

Cross Platform Development

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

Allied Health

 

Sophia Avril

Emilee Avril

The Relationship of Your Dominant Hand and Eating

Allied Health

Hoag Vo

Casey Colon

Nail Polish at a Price

 

Painting and Design

Shanna Harden

Yvonne Bui

Testing Mixtures of Oil Based and Water Based Paints

 
 

gb #6-87  -  Miss McCullough
                    (February 17, 2016)

Request that the School Committee seek a legal opinion regarding its responsibility for the evaluation and management of the following positions based on its hiring authority:

 

                -assistant/associate superintendent

                -school business administrator

                -administrator of special education

                -school physicians

                -school nurses

                -legal counsel

                -supervisors of attendance

 
  gb #6-88  -     Miss Biancheria
                       (February 17, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a list of schools indicating the designated level of each school (Levels I, II, III, IV or V) and specify ways to improve these levels.

 
 

gb #6-89  -     Miss Biancheria
                       (February 17, 2016)

Request that the Administration review the Social Media Policies and Procedures and indicate what additional training is provided regarding Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets for staff, students and parents.

 
 

gb #6-90  -   Administration
                     (February 17, 2016)

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a worker’s compensation case for a Cook, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a worker’s compensation case for a Custodian, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 
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."