Agenda #6 March 2, 2017

School Committee

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

AGENDA #6

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, March 2, 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 Robert H. Jackson
                          First Congregational Church

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

aor #7-6 -  Clerk
                  (February 22, 2017)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 16, 2017. 

 Annex A (20 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE

 
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #7-56.1  - Administration/Administration
                      (February 21, 2017)

To recognize Saul Ramos, a paraprofessional, who was named the 2016 MTA Education Support Professional of the Year.

gb #7-70  -  Administration
                    (February 21, 2017)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE  
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE -  NONE  
IX. PERSONNEL - -NONE  
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #7-71  - Miss McCullough
                    (February 13, 2017)

Request that the Administration study the feasibility and cost of implementing a bus tracking system similar to the one used by the Boston Public Schools.

 
 

gb #7-72  - Administration
                   (February 14, 2017)

To set a date to recognize the following students who won positions in the Central Massachusetts Festival Band, Orchestra and Chorus after competing with more than 800 musicians:

Burncoat Middle School

Isabella Montalvo, Soprano

Sullivan Middle School

Heather Bachand, Flute           Alexandra Economou, Tuba
Clarise Liu, Clarinet                 Eno Manu-Gyamfi, Alto
Bao Han Ngo, Clarinet

Burncoat High School

Valenia Bergier, Cello
Aaron Balboa, Cello
Madeline Rich, Soprano, All-State Recommendation
Ryan McCarthy, Bass, All-State Recommendation

Doherty Memorial High School

Maggie Hastings, Soprano, All-State Recommendation

South High Community School

Alyssa Goins, Clarinet, All-State Recommendation and 2017 All-State Music Festival
Lillian Wright, Flute, All-State Recommendation
Zachary Roy, Bass, All State Recommendation
Oved Rico, French Horn

 
 

gb #7-73  - Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 15, 2017)

To congratulate the Burncoat Dance Team, its students, teachers and choreographers, on the honors, awards and recognitions they received at the MSSAA State Dance Team Tournament, and on qualifying for the Nationals to be held at Walt Disney World.

 
 

gb #7-74  - Mr. Monfredo
                    (February 16, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following individuals from Worcester Arts Magnet School who received the Silver Medal Award at Shepherd Hill School’s Annual Central Mass Show Choir Festival:

Chrysanthe Manuel, Music Teacher
Cathy Taylor, Dance Instructor
MetroGnomes, student performers

 
 

gb #7-75  - Administration
                    (February 21, 2017)

To accept a donation in the amount of $305.00 from the Tri State Truck Center, Inc. to the South High Community School’s Diesel Technician Training Program for the cost of a bus for a field trip.

 
   gb #7-76  - Mayor Petty
                   (February 21, 2017) 

Request that the Superintendent consider the feasibility of establishing boys and girls soccer teams at Claremont Academy and University Park Campus School.

 
  gb #7-77  - Ms. Colorio
                    (February 22, 2017)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the number of students who participate in partial or full time on-line learning.

 
  gb #7-78  - Ms. Colorio
                   (February 22, 2017)

Request that the Administration provide a report by school regarding the number of teachers and staff that were on paid administrative leave for the school years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 
 

gb #7-79   - Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 22, 2017)

To set a date to recognize and to congratulate Margaret Sokolowski, Michaela Hannon-Curran, Christine Rovezzi and Susan Teixeira, librarians of the Worcester Public Schools, on each receiving  $1,000 awards from the National Education Association’s Read Across America and the NEA Foundation for purchase of books for their school libraries, as part of the 2016 NEA Books Across America Library Books Award and to congratulate Ann Grilla on winning Round Two from the Foundation in the Award competition. 

 
 

gb #7-80  - Administration
                    (February 22, 2017)

To consider approval of the following new courses for the 2017 - 18 school year: 

English Composition & Literature I
The Development of Early Civilizations
Science Engineering & Technology I
Advanced Seminar

 
 

gb #7-81  -  Miss Biancheria
                  (February 23, 2017)

To forward a letter of congratulations to Mary Anne Dube on her selection as Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick's Parade. 

 
  gb #7-82 -  Administration
                  (February 23, 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."