Agenda #11 April 27, 2017

School Committee

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

AGENDA #11

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, April 27, 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  -  Reverend Dimitrios Moraitis
                          St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  -  MetroGnomes
                                                                             Worcester Arts Magnet School
 
II. ROLL CALL  
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
  aor #7-9 -  Clerk
                 (April 14, 2017)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Friday, March 17, 2017. 

 Annex A (3 pages)
 

aor #7-10 -  Clerk
                  (April 14, 2017) 

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, April 6, 2017.

 Annex A (29 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION   
 

gb #7-112.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/
                         Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                         (April 11, 2017)

To recognize SOFA (Support Our Fine Arts) for its award of $4,910 in mini-grants to staff members of schools of the Burncoat quadrant.

gb #7-135.1  -  Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                         Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty  
                         (April 11, 2017)

To recognize the staff and students at Worcester Technical High School for its successful partnership with French exchange students from a high school in France (Le Lycée Hôtelier Val de Loire, BLOIS, France) which will expose and teach these students about the highly successful Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs at Worcester Technical High School.

gb #7-144.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/
                         Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty   
                        (April 11, 2017)

To congratulate Robert Pezzella, Director of School Safety for conducting the highly successful Bullying Prevention and Education Conference that was held at North High School.

gb #7-147  - Administration
                    (April 11, 2017)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
  ROS #7-7  - Administration
                   (April 11, 2017)

PROGRESS REPORT ON THE WORCESTER HEARS (HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS AND RESILIENCE IN SCHOOLS) PROJECT

Annex A (2 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS  
 

c&p #7-1  - Clerk
                    (April 6, 2017)

To consider a petition from a citizen regarding a request to hold public hearings in April regarding the FY18 Budget. 

 Annex A (1 page)
 

c&p #7-2  - Clerk
                    (April 6, 2017)

To consider a petition from a citizen regarding a request to hold public hearings on the impact of standardized testing on students in the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (1 page)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. Action Sheet
IX. PERSONNEL  -  NONE

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #7-95.1  - Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo
                      (April 11, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the status of the 2017 Elementary Summer School Programs.

Annex A (2 pages)
Annex B (8 pages) 
  gb #7-145.1  - Administration/Administration
                        (April 11, 2017)

To consider approval of the Innovation Plan for the Goddard School of Science and Technology.

 Annex  A (6 pages)
  gb #7-148  -  Administration
                     (April 11, 2017)

To set the dates for the FY18 Budget Hearings.

 
 

gb #7-149  -  Mr. Monfredo
                      (March 19, 2017)

Request that the Special Education parents receive a listing of summer school opportunities available from the list compiled by Anne Bureau of the Worcester Community Connection Coalition.

 
 

gb #7-150  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (March 30, 2017)

To set a date to congratulate Brian Cummings, an advanced manufacturing instructor at Worcester Technical High School, on his selection as a recipient of the Thomas S. Green Award by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. 

 
 

gb #7-151  -  Administration
                      (April 5, 2017)

To set a date to recognize Brian Allen for having received for the 4th time, the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in preparation and issuance of its budget for the Fiscal Year 2016-17 from the Association of the School Business Officials International (ASBO).

 
 

gb #7-152  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (April 5, 2017)

To request funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education to enable low-income students to take, free of charge, advanced placement examinations in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, calculus, statistics and environmental science, through the STEM Pipeline Fund, pursuant to the March 31, 2017 press release issued by the Executive Office.

 
 

gb #7-153  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (April 5, 2017)

To set a date to recognize Carol Manning, Debra McGovern and John Monfredo for having been selected as the 2017 Heart of Gold Award from the American Heart Association.

 
 

gb #7-154  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (April 6, 2017)

To congratulate the recipients of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) Spring 2017 Mini-Grants, which were awarded to “civic engagement proposals to help students become better informed citizens for the preservation of our democracy” in the cumulative amount of $4,800 as follows:

Colleen Kelly

Mini Lecture Series for AP US History Students

District-wide

Jayne Cardin

Civics with Digital Literacy

Rice Square School

Christine Rovezzi

Worcester, You Have a Friend in Me

Gates Lane School of International Studies

Brenda Dubrey

All American City Tour 

Thorndyke Road School

Allyson Houlihan

North High Community Outreach Committee

North High School

Alexizendria Link

Culinary & Musical Arts Series

North High School

Phyllis Goldstein

Lin-Manuel Miranda: A Study in Text to Music

North High School

Chris Pappas

Civic Engagement: Teens Learning About and Supporting Early Literacy

Alternative High School

Jennifer Rochon

Three-Dimensional Design Renditions

Worcester Technical High School

Rick Torres

Aligned with ADA Guidelines

 

Lilyvette Perez

Bullying Prevention Project 

Chandler Magnet School

Steve Alzamora

Cultural & Linguistic Library

Caradonio New Citizen Center

Brian Cummings

Understanding OSHA Regulations

Worcester Technical High School

 
 

 

gb #7-155  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (April 6, 2017)

 

To congratulate Marco Rodrigues, Ed.D. on his selection as Superintendent of the Hudson Public Schools.

 

 
  gb #7-156  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (April 6, 2017)

To submit a nomination for the Friend of Public Education Award of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

 
  gb #7-157  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (April 6, 2017)

To submit a nomination for the Outstanding School Partner Award of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. 

 
  gb #7-158  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (April 6, 2017)

To submit a nomination for the Community Leader for Public Education Award of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

 
  gb #7-159  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (April 6, 2017)

To select a voting delegate and an alternate voting delegate for the Annual Business Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, scheduled for November 1, 2017.

 
  gb #7-160  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (April 6, 2017)

To submit any resolutions which the School Committee wishes to present for deliberation at the Annual Business Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

 
  gb #7-161  -  Mr. O’Connell
                     (April 6, 2017)

To congratulate the following students as recipients of the Smalley Scholarship, entitling each of them to a $10,000 award per year for four years:

Doherty Memorial High School

      Aliecia Bottali

      Diane Nguyen

      Osamah Mandawi

      Alexandra Biro

South High Community School

      Deni Hoxha

Worcester Technical High School

Briyana Chataigne

 
 

gb #7-162  -  Mr. Monfredo
                      (April 10, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to Burncoat High School’s Quadrivium Musical Group and David Twiss, Music Director for placing first in the Worcester Educational Collaborative’s Second Annual WEC’appella Contest, Worcester’s Premier a Cappella Competition, held at Mechanics Hall. 

 
  gb #7-163  -  Miss McCullough
                      (April 12, 2017)

To review the new No Live Lice Policy to ensure that schools are following the reentry procedures.

 
 

gb #7-164  - Administration
                    (April 12, 2017)

To set a date to recognize Jean McNerney, a physical education teacher at South High Community School, for receiving the Massachusetts Physical Education Teacher Award of the Year.

 
  gb #7-165  - Administration
                    (April 14, 2017)

To set a date to recognize the following schools for having received the Eos Foundation and Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge Award: 

Schools

Principals

Nutrition People

Belmont Street Community School

Sue Hodgkins

Debora Gonyea

Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School

Mary Sealey

Rosina Brindisi

Chandler at the Y

Jessica Boss

Jillian Stapleton

Elm Park Community School

Joany Santa

Linda Vivlamore

Lincoln Street School

Martha Dewar

Cheryl Burke

Francis J McGrath Elementary School

Paula Gibb-Severin

Michelle Cantwell

Union Hill School

Ishmael Tabales

Theresa Zarr

Vernon Hill School

Corenza Jackson

Jayne Troy

Wawecus Road School

Joanna Loftus

Kathleen Senior

Woodland Academy

Patricia Padilla

Lynne Stewart

 
  gb #7-166  - Mr. Monfredo
                    (April 14, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to Joshua Donahue, a senior at Worcester Technical High School, for receiving the Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award from the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators.

 
 

gb #7-167  -  Mayor Petty
                      (April 18, 2017)

To consider approval of a Comprehensive Plan for Materials that may contain PCBs at Burncoat High School and Doherty Memorial High School.

Annex A (9 pages) 
  gb #7-168  - Mr. O’Connell
                   (April 18, 2017)

To approve and endorse the following petition prepared by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and forward it to members of the Worcester Legislative Delegation, as recommended by MASC (MASC Bulletin, April 2017, Page 4):

In light of the 2015 findings of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, the increasing urgency of school budgeting gaps across Massachusetts, and in support of Senate Bill 223:

We are convinced the providing of a high-quality education to every student within the Commonwealth regardless of wealth, income, educational background, or zip code is not only a matter of constitutional obligation but of generational responsibility.

We, the undersigned, agree with the Foundation Budget Review Commission regarding both the constitutional obligation and generational responsibility the Commonwealth holds for all of our students. We recognize the ever-increasing gaps among schools and the increasing dependence of our municipalities on local revenue to fund our schools. We appreciate that it is this dependence, and the inequities that result from it, that the foundation budget was intended to alleviate. We share the concern that in continuing to postpone reform of the foundation budget, we jeopardize the good work of public education and thus the health of our democracy itself.

As such, we, the undersigned, call for implementation of the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission with all available speed.

 
  gb #7-169  - Administration
                    (April 18, 2017)

To accept a donation from Scholastic Inc. in the amount of $229.05 to Woodland Academy.

 
  gb #7-170  - Administration
                    (April 18, 2017)

To accept a donation from Andy’s Attic in the amount of $180.25 for partial funding for marketing a field trip at South High Community School.

 
 

gb #7-171  - Administration
                     (April 18, 2017)

To set a date to recognize the following teachers of Advanced Placement courses who received the 2017 Partners in Excellence (PIE) Award from Mass Insight Education:

South High Community School

          Caroline Rossi, Calculus AB

          Kellie Moulin, Calculus BC

 Emilie Richmond, Chemistry

          Leanne Ledoux, English Literature & Composition

          Tara Vaidya, Physics

Worcester Technical High School

          Jennifer Hardy, Computer Science A

          Jackie Kalisz, Physics

 
 

gb #7-172  - Miss Biancheria
                    (April 18, 2017)

Request that the Administration provide an inventory, by school, for outside playground equipment.

 
  gb #7-173  -  Administration
                   (April 19, 2017)

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 A/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."