Agenda #24 October 19, 2017

School Committee

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

AGENDA #24

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, October 19, 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 Clyde Talley
                        Belmont AME Zion Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM   Ashley Davila
                                                                  Worcester Technical High School
 
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
 

aor #7-23 - Clerk
                  (September 27, 2017)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 5, 2017.

 Annex A (33 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #7-324.1  -  Administration/Administration
                         (October 10, 2017)

To present the following awards from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees:

Mayor Joseph M. Petty    2017 All-State School Committee, Division IX

Edward M. Augustus       Friend of Public Education

Timothy P. Murray           Community Leader

John Roche                     Community Partner

 

gb #7-341  -  Administration
                      (October 9, 2017)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
 

ROS #7-15  - Administration
                   (October 11, 2017)

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL NURSING PRACTICE IN THE 21ST CENTURY 

 Annex A (14 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION- NONE  
     
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.  
IX. PERSONNEL  
   

7-22 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

 

Blanchard, Jennifer, Teacher, Special Education, Lincoln Street, MA, Step 6, $65,665*, effective September 25, 2017. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.

 

Davis, Amy, Teacher, Special Education, Roosevelt, MA, Step 5, $63,156*, effective October 2, 2017 Waiver:  Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.

 

Hummel, Kati-Jane, Teacher, Music, Tatnuck Magnet, .6 FTE, BA, Step 1, $45,970*, effective September 22, 2017. Licensed: Music – all levels.

 

Masters, Jillian, Teacher, Quinsigamond, MA, Step 3, $58,132*, effective October 2, 2017. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

 

7-23 The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the following persons named below:

 

Bondar, Margaret, Principal, Lake View, effective September 2, 2017.

 

Cole, Deborah, Teacher, Music, Burncoat High, effective September 8, 2017.

 

Perez, Betty Ann, Teacher, Music, Burncoat Middle, effective September 11, 2017.

 

Dalve, Kathleen, Teacher, Physical Education, Doherty, effective September 29, 2017.

 

Harris, Denise, Teacher, Guidance, South, effective October 6, 2017.

 

Donas, Suzanne, Teacher, Mathematics, Sullivan Middle, effective October 7, 2017.

 

7-24 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

 

Fernandez, Anna, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Belmont, effective September 1, 2017.

 

Kundhardt, Elizabeth, Teacher, Elementary, Lincoln Street, effective September 1, 2017.


 

Hayes, Denise, Special Education Evaluation Team Chairperson, Systemwide, effective September 8, 2017.

 

Williamson, Arthur, Teacher, Special Education, Worcester East Middle, effective September 12, 2017.

 

McMullen, Jacqueline, Teacher, Elementary, Quinsigamond, effective September 29, 2017.

 

O’Connell, Meggan, Teacher, Mathematics, Gerald Creamer Center, effective September 29, 2017.

 

Maxfield, Cheri, Teacher, Special Education, Elm Park, effective October 2, 2017

 

7-25 The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below:

 

Parker, Heather, Teacher, Guidance, Claremont Academy, effective September 25, 2017-June 30, 2018

 

*prorated

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #5-244.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                       (October 4, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request that sufficient funding be included in the Budget for the Capstone Program.

 backup
 

gb #6-13.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                       Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough
                       (October 11, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report as to the success of the School Wraparound Program in meeting varied and extensive needs of students at Sullivan Middle School, Woodland Academy, Chandler Elementary Community School, Chandler Magnet School, Union Hill School, the University Park Campus School and the Burncoat Preparatory Academy.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #6-174.1  - Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                        (October 11, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to enhance its partnership with the Quest Center at Quinsigamond Community College in an effort to involve our students in the course offerings regarding manufacturing for the 21st Century.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #6-302.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                       Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria
                       (October 4, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the "Seeds to STEM" program being developed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute for prekindergarten children of Worcester.

 Annex A (2 pages)
 

gb #6-389.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
                       Mr. Monfredo
                       (October 11, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on ways in which it will improve the manufacturing options for students.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #7-133.1  - Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/
                       Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                       (October 11, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide an update on Federal Programs, Grants and policy changes which will include but not be limited to, a repeal of the Teacher Preparation Regulations.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #7-148.4  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria
                       (October 4, 2017)

Responses of the Administration to the following motions: 

 

  • to provide the Operational Services Division (OSD) figure - 50013292000 Tuition Account
  • to provide more detail on Section B. Education Division Supplies, especially for English Language Learners - 500-92204 -  Instructional Materials Account
  • to provide a report on the chart relative to the addition of 5 positions to the Table of Organization for Administrators between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Budgets - 500-91110 – Administration Salaries
  • to provide interim reports regarding the Environmental Management Systems -500152-92000 – Facilities Department Non-Salary

 

Annex A (4 pages)
Annex B (1 page)
Annex C (2 page)
Anned C (8 page)
 

gb #7-167.1  -  Administration/ Mayor Petty/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/
                      Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo
                       (October 11, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to consider approval of a Comprehensive Plan for Materials that may contain PCBs at Burncoat High School and Doherty Memorial High School.

 Annex A (2 page)
 

gb # 7-318.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                       Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio
                       (October 10, 2017)

To discuss the resolutions which will be debated at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

 Annex A (3 pages)
 

gb #7-342  -  Administration
                      (September 29, 2017)

To review the status of the FY18 Budget and make appropriate transfers as required.

 
   gb #7-343  - Administration
                    (October 2, 2017)

To consider an update to the Building Use Fee Schedule for the rental of space within the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

 gb #7-344  -  Administration
                     (October 2, 2017)

To consider approval of the following donations:

 

-$1,000 to Quinsigamond School from Adopt a Classroom.

 

-      To Tatnuck Magnet School from the following individuals:

-$40.00 from Mary Jo & Robert Baniukiewicz

-$40.00 from Michele M. Consiglio

-$40.00 from Janice & John Engdahl

-$40.00 from Joan & Paul Lacava

-$80.00 from Joseph & Mary McClusky

-$40.00 from Mary E. McKiernan

-$40.00 from Philip & Judith Niddrie

-$40.00 from Matthew & Karen St. Thomas

-$80.00 from Kim & Steven Teixiera

-$40.00 from Eric & Suzanne Waldron

-$10.00 from Andrew & Kristine Whittemore

 
   gb #7-345  - Administration
                   (October 2, 2017)

To consider discussion of the participation of the Worcester Public Schools in the pilot Model System of Educator Evaluation.

 Annex A (18 pages)
   

gb #7-346  - Mr. Monfredo

                    (October 2, 2017)

 

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

 

-Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships by Hispanic Achieving and Celebrating Excellence Committee at their 32nd annual Youth Recognition Awards:

Academics:

Kayla Benitez          University Park

                              Campus School

Jocelyn DePaz         North High School

Jori Hiraldo              Doherty Memorial

                              High School

Juliana Maldonado    Claremont Academy

Angie Morales          Burncoat High                               School

Soamy Morales        Worcester Technical

                              High School

Chris Nieves            South High 

                              Community School

Isaac Quiles            Worcester Technical

                              High School

 

Athletics:

Juan Adolphe       University Park

                          Campus School

Luis Garcia-Nin     Burncoat High School

Misael Guzman     South High                           Community School

Ashley Peltier-Castilla

                          North High School

Hillary Reyes       Doherty Memorial

                          High School

Herlin Rijo           Worcester Technical

                          High School

Oscar Rosario      Claremont Academy

Arts:

Ava Aguilar             North High School

Jessenia Caballero   Burncoat High

                              School

Katrian Nevarez       University Park

                              Campus School

Derek Perry            South High

                              Community School

Eury Rosario           Doherty Memorial

                              High School

Carmen Zuniga        Claremont Academy

Leadership:

Katya Campos Avalos    

                          South High

                          Community School

Dayanna Calderon         

                          Doherty Memorial

                          High School

Kenia Carvajal-Bautista

                          North High School

Bryan Grullon      Worcester Technical

                          High School

Carlos Hasbun      University Park                           Campus School

Steven Robles      Claremont Academy

Jaime Miguel Ruiz, II     

                          Burncoat High School

 

Mr. Monfredo

(October 10, 2017)

 

-Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation to William Wallace, Director of the Worcester Historical Museum and Kim Davenport of Edwards Street Child Services for encouraging Worcester students to place an entry into the World Smile Day Book responding to: “What Makes Me Smile About Worcester”, and to the Hanover Insurance Group for its financial sponsorship for the publication of the book.

 
 

gb #7-347  - Administration
                    (October 10, 2017)

To consider approval of prior fiscal year payments of stipends in the total amount of $2,406 as follows:

 

DEPARTMENT

REASON

AMOUNT

Teacher

Mentor stipend

$300

SAC

After-School Stipend

$1,470

Department Head

Stipend change

$636

 

 
 

gb #7-348  - Administration
                    (October 11, 2017)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $42,572.26 for National Grid representing an under billing of services described in the backup to this item.

 Annex A (2 pages)
 

gb #7-349  - Miss Biancheria
                    (October 11, 2017)

Request that the Administration consider inviting a representative group from the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) to:

-  tour some of the schools

-  receive a packet of information on the ways in which the nurses, in conjunction with the Administration, help to keep the students safe

-  receive a copy of the number of nurses in the system and indicate the school in which they work.

 
 

gb #7-350  - Miss Biancheria
                    (October 11, 2017)

Request that the Administration review the Community Addiction Response Program as a possible tool to assist the Drug task Force Committee including the Development of a Campion Toolbox.

 
 

gb #7-351   Mr. O’Connell       
                   (October 13, 2017)

 

To recommend that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education extend its October 1 enrollment reporting calculation deadline for students arriving in Massachusetts from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida and other hurricane damaged regions, to permit them to be included in the foundation budget.

 
 

gb #7-352  - Mr. O’Connell
                     (October 13, 2017)

To modify the McKinney-Vento grant to the Worcester Public Schools to permit access to funding to address the immediate needs of students from hurricane impacted areas.

 
 

gb #7-353  - Mr. O’Connell
                    (October 13, 2017)

To investigate options for licensure for educators who arrive in the Worcester area from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida and other hurricane damaged regions.

 
 

gb #7-354  - Administration
                    (October 11, 2017)

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

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Computer Technicians, (Unit D) if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

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

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

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a Teacher - Discipline Case, 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 for J. Perez vs Worcester School Committee et al.

 
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."