Agenda #19 August 24, 2017

School Committee

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

AGENDA #19

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, August 24, 2017
at:
4:00 p.m. – Regular Session
5:00 p.m. - Executive Session
in the: Esther Howland, South Chamber at City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
 

INVOCATION  -  Reverend Gary Shahinian
                        Park Congregational Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
  aor #7-16  - Clerk
                   (July 27, 2017)

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

Annex A (1 page)
 

aor #7-17  - Clerk
                    (July 31, 2017)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Annex A (18 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #7-261.1  -  Administration/Mayor Petty/Miss Biancheria/
                        Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/
                        Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                        (July 25, 2017)

To recognize David Perda, Ph.D., Chief Research and Accountability Officer, for his seven years of dedicated service to the students and staff in the Worcester Public Schools. 

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE  
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII. REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 

The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

Action Sheet
  The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. Action Sheet
IX. PERSONNEL - NONE  
     
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #7-273  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria 

To take a vote collectively to forward letters in response to the following items:

Mr. Monfredo (July 18, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations, on behalf of the School Committee, to the following students for the inclusion of their writing in “It’s Lit,” a literary publication:

Rumani Kafle        Doherty Memorial High School
Grade 10             Inspired by Reading Award  - A Eulogy for Clarisse McClellan

Timothy Rosado   North High School

Grade 12             Purpose Award - My Inspiration

Carlos Silva          North High School

Grade 12             Inspirational Award - Rise and Shine 

Zulimar Quiros     Sullivan Middle School
Grade 8               Creativity Award - Blackout Poem (Untitled)
 

Mena Hoac           West Tatnuck School
Grade 2               Perseverance Award - My Mardi Gras Meet

Jack Miller            May Street School
Grade 6               Courage Award - Eyes

Arba Kamberi        Forest Grove Middle School
Grade 7               Award for Life of a Pianist

Miss Biancheria (August 16, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to Ricci Hall for being chosen as a volunteer umpire for the All-star Little League.

 
 

gb #7-274  - Administration 

To accept by a roll call vote the following donations:

Administration (July 25, 2017)

$1,499.71 from the American Chemical Society to Worcester Technical High School in recognition of a proposal, submitted by Science teacher, Anna Barrasso

Administration (August 10, 2017)

$507.26 from Lifetouch to Woodland Academy

 
 

gb #7-275  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (July 25, 2017) 

To consider participating in the Harvard University’s Teacher Fellows Program, with placement of Fellows in the Worcester high schools. 

Annex A (8 pages)
 

gb #7-276  -  Administration
                      (July 25, 2017)

To consider a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $2,082.59 for the Secretary to the School Committee.

 
 

gb #7-277  -  Mr. Monfredo
                      (July 28, 2017)

To consider review of the Staff Cell Phone Policy, due to the implementation of the ALICE Program.

 
 

gb #7-278  -  Mr. Monfredo
                      (July 31, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward a letter to the City Manager requesting that the Director of the WRTA consider providing passes for students involved in after-school programs such as clubs, sports and tutoring.

 
 

gb #7-279  -  Administration
                      (July 28, 2017)

To consider approval of prior fiscal year payments in the total amount of $437.39 for mileage reimbursement for the following staff members from the Department of Special Education and Intervention Services:

Sally Goodhile, June 2017 Mileage

$ 23.01

Cheryl Doughtery, June 2017 Mileage

$ 27.82

Jessica Beer, May 2017 Mileage

$ 29.96

Jessica Beer, June 2017 Mileage

$ 23.01

Jeana McCann, June 2017 Mileage

$ 12.57

Jane R. Rosen, May 2017 Mileage

$ 92.02

Jane R. Rosen, June 2017 Mileage

$ 61.53

Julianna Masley, June 2017 Mileage

$ 60.46

Kathleen Smith, June 2017 Mileage

$ 18.73

Cathleen Desautels, June 2017 Mileage

$ 88.28

 
 

gb #7-280  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (August 1, 2017)

To request energy audits of the facilities which are used but not owned by the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #7-281  -  Administration
                      (August 1, 2017)

To approve prior fiscal year invoice in the amount of $923.15.

 
 

gb #7-282  -  Administration
                      (August 2, 2017)

To approve the proposed 2018-19, 2019-20 and the 2020-21 School Calendars.

 
 

gb #7-283  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (August 2, 2017)

To request a list of the places, dates and times of the initial 2017-18 meetings of the Site Councils of the Worcester Public Schools, which, as mandated by Chapter 71, Section 59C of the Massachusetts General Laws, shall hold their first meetings "no later than forty days after the first day of school," and which shall "be broadly representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the school building and community."

 
 

gb #7-284  -  Mr. O’Connell
                      (August 2, 2017)

To request a list of the dates and times of the Autumn 2017 "Know Your School Nights" of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #7-285  -  Miss McCullough
                     (August 7, 2017)

To explore options and policies regarding work assigned and performed at home on snow days in an effort not to extend the school year.

 
 

gb #7-286  - Administration
                    (August 7, 2017)

To consider approval of the following courses:

Conceptual Biology -  New Citizen Center’s Young Adults’ Program
                                and Secondary Programs

Integrated Math I -   New Citizen Center’s Young Adults’ Program

Annex A (1 pages)
Annex B (2 pages)
 

gb #7-287  - Administration
                    (August 16, 2017)

To consider a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $350.00 made payable to Hampstead Hospital for home tutoring services.

 
  gb #7-288  - Miss Biancheria
                   (August 16, 2017)

Request that the Administration review program and procedural methods that are utilized to advertise the many outstanding strengths of the Worcester Public Schools in order to continue to attract new families to the system.

 

 
   gb #7-289  - Miss Biancheria
                   (August 16, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward a letter to the City Manager with a request that a traffic engineer do a traffic study near Belmont Street Community School and consider:

-  installing a blinking light structure before the crosswalk and

-  installing lights on the crosswalk

to protect the safety of all students at the school

 
  gb #7-290  -  Administration
                     (August 16, 2017)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Teachers and Units 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 discuss collective bargaining for Nurses, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigation position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss collective bargaining for Custodians, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigation position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss collective bargaining for Computer Technicians, (Unit D) if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigation 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."