Agenda #1 January 5, 2017

School Committee

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

AGENDA #1

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, Janaury 5, 2017
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  -  Pastor Brent Newberry
                          First Baptist Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
  aor #7-1 -  Clerk
                 (December 28, 2016)

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

 Annex A (18 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION- NONE  
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
  gb #7-1  -    Administration
                   (December 28, 2016)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
  ros #7-1  -  Administration
                   (December 28, 2016)

MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE APPLICATION CELEBRATION (MCAC) DAY

PowerPoint
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE - NONE  
     
IX. PERSONNEL  

7-01

 

 

The Superintendent has ACKNOWLEDGED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below effective as shown:

           Comeau, Karen, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, effective December 23, 2016.

           Johnson, Alisha, Teacher, Special Education, Burncoat High, effective 12/16/16. 

 

7-02

 

 

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

Porth, Christine, Teacher, Early Childhood, Worcester Technical, VL6, Step 5, $67,027 effective December 19, 2016. License: Early Childhood 9-14.

Torra, Alda, English as a Second Language, Woodland, BA+15, Step 2, $49,819 effective December 13, 2016. License: English as a Second Language 5-12

 
     
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #6-153.6  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria
                         (December 21, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to study the feasibility of providing the Civil Service Exam for Custodians so they can become permanent employees and gain benefits and promotions.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #6-231.2  - Administration/Mr. Foley
                        (December 22, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a comparison between legal costs for the Worcester Public Schools versus other communities of comparable size as either a percentage of the budget or as a raw number.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #6-272.1  - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
                        Miss Biancheria
                       (December 21, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to consider submitting an application to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority Public School Information Technology Loan Program.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #6-359.1  - Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                        (December 22, 2016)

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

Annex A(1 page) 
 

gb #6-410.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio
                        (December 21, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to 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

Annex A (2 pages)

 

 

 

 

gb #7-2  -  Mr. O’Connell
                  (December 16, 2016)

To review the 2016 Successor Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and the Worcester Public Schools, and to determine the financial costs of implementing it in full, for use in preparation of the fiscal year 2018 Budget.

 
 

gb #7-3  -  Mr. O’Connell
                  (December 16, 2016)

To review the 2016 Successor Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and the Worcester Public Schools, and to determine the programmatic requirements of implementing it in full.

 
 

gb #7-4  -  Mr. O’Connell
                  (December 16, 2016)

To urge the individual Worcester public schools, and departments, to review and expand their websites, as a means of (1) increasing the information available through them, (2) showcasing student work and achievements, (3) sharing detailed curricular and programmatic information, and (4) assisting prospective students and parents in making informed decisions as to selection of an appropriate school. 

 
 

gb #7-5  -  Mr. O’Connell 
                  (December 16, 2016)

To set a date to recognize the Unum Group for initiating its Unum Strong Schools grant program in the Worcester Public Schools, as “financial support for effective and innovative initiatives that engage students and improve their learning and achievement levels.”

 
 

gb #7-6  -  Mr. O’Connell         
                  (December 16, 2016)

To forward letters of recognition to the following recipients of 2016 grants from the Unum Strong Schools grant program in the Worcester Public Schools: 

Chandler Magnet

Kelly Magowan and faculty

$1,000

May Street School

Marisa Mitchell, Tammy Lapierre,

Katelynne Watson

$1,500

Flagg Street School

Pamela Brezniak

Colleen Murray

$500

$500

Francis McGrath Elementary School

Patty Barnard, Karen Davis,

Sue Feraco

$1,500

Nelson Place School

Katherine Olney, Donna Cataldo,

Donna Greenleaf, Nicole Moisan

$1,500

Thorndyke Road School

Erin McMahon, Brenda Dubrey

$1,000

Grafton Street School

Kathi Fontaine

$500

Rice Square School

Kathleen Salter, Kerry Soltys

Julianne Cardin

$1,500

Rice Square School

Mary Rister, Sharon McRae

Shelly Delongchamp

$1,500

Rice Square School

Jennifer Brunelle, Catrina Amechi

Brenda O'Brien

$1,500

Union Hill School

Kimberly McLaughlin,

Cristina Giovanangelo, Tara Dexter

$1,500

Union Hill School

Kristen Vartanian, Jillian McGrath

Elizabeth Burnes

$1,000

Union Hill School

Valerie Velasquez

$500

Union Hill School

Beth Stark, Anita Cody, Rosemary Ford

$1,500

City View School

Jennifer Lavin, Patricia Brank, Anne Clark

$1,500

Chandler Elementary School

Debra Engstrand, Sandy Hall,

Lynn Meszaro, Marie Powers

$1,500

 

 
 

gb #7-7  -   Administration
                    (December 16, 2016)

To approve a decrease in the mileage reimbursement rate from $0.54 per mile to $0.535 per mile, effective January 1, 2017, for all represented and non-represented personnel in accordance with the 2017 standard mileage rate established by the Internal Revenue Service.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #7-8  -   Mr. Monfredo
                    (December 19, 2016)

To set a date to recognize the Burncoat High School Quadrivium on their performance with Superstar Kenny Rogers at Mohegan Sun and at the Massachusetts House of Representatives as the guests of Representative James O’Day and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.

 
 

gb #7-9  -   Administration
                    (December 20, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $100.00 from Patience Agyepong & Family to Tatnuck Magnet School.

 
   gb #7-10  - Administration
                   (December 20, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $210.00 from Worcester Superior Court Clerk’s Office & Probation Department in memory of Ronald F. Corey for the Arts Programs in the Worcester Public School.

 
  gb #7-11  - Administration
                   (December 20, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $300.00 from the Shrewsbury Street Area Merchants Association to Belmont Street Community School. 

 
   gb #7-12  - Administration
                   (December 20, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $3,000.00 from Scholastic Reading Club to Forest Grove Middle School.

 
  gb #7-13  - Mr. O’Connell
                   (December 21, 2016)

To forward a letter of appreciation to the Flagg Streeters, an after-school group of students who volunteer their time and energy to bring entertainment, assistance and goodwill to the Worcester community.

 
 

gb #7-14  - Mr. Monfredo
                    (December 21, 2016)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to Johnetta Smith, South High Community School’s Band Director and Angela Poirier, Chorus Director for the outstanding Holiday Musical performance and request that a five minute portion of their performance be shown at the next School Committee Meeting.

 
 

gb #7-15  - Mr. Monfredo
                   (December 22, 2016)

Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation to Deborah Cole, Burncoat High School’s Band Director; Dani Rimoni, String Orchestra Director and David Twiss, Chorus Director in appreciation of the excellent Winter Musical Concert.

 
 

gb #7-16  - Administration
                    (December 28, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $100.00 from Wayne and Sharon Griffin to Tatnuck Magnet School.

 
 

gb #7-17  - Administration
                    (December 28, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 from Ryder System, Inc. for South High Community School’s Diesel Tech Program.

 
 

gb #7-18  - Administration
                    (December 28, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $2,000.00 from the Commonwealth of MA District Attorney’s Office (Mid District) to support a Freshman Basketball Program at Claremont Academy.

 
 

gb #7-19  - Mr. Monfredo
                    (December 28, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider raising the amount paid to day-by-day substitutes from $70.00 to $85.00 or more in the 2017-18 school year.

 
 

gb #7-20  - Administration
                   (December 28, 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 consider an International Union of Public Employees (I.U.P.E.) Grievance Complaint – HVAC Technician 

 
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."