Agenda #15 School Committee

School Committee

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

AGENDA #15

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, June 7, 2018
at:
4:00 p.m. - Budget
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  -   
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
III.

APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #8-12 - Clerk
(May 24, 2017)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 17, 2018.

 

Annex A (21 pages)

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION -NONE  
V.

IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #8-126.1  - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                       Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                       (May 23, 2018)
To recognize the volunteers of Working for Worcester Program, sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross, for their
tremendous work on various projects that benefit the children of the Worcester Public Schools.          (Mr. O’Connell)

 
  gb #8-166  - Administration
                   (May 21, 2018)
To recognize the following family members for their generous donations for the purchase of Chromebooks that will benefit the children of the Worcester Public Schools in their pursuit of knowledge:

                   Linda Hammett Ory and Andrew Ory
                   Marjorie and Robert Ory

 
 

gb #8-167  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                    Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                   (May 21, 2018)
To recognize the following students and staff from St. Casimir’s Alternative Program, who won first place in the Furniture Trust’s Eco Carpentry Challenge and received a check for $2,000.00 for the “Best in Class: Small Shop” category.                     

Nichayla   Aghapour

Nilexis Anaya

Jorge Arvelo

Jean Claude   Bavugireje

Dakari Campbell

Jordan Colon

Nicholas D’elia

Mohamed Farah

James Gbarwea

Matthew Greenman

Franklin Mane

Floyd Marchando

Jatziel Marrero

Naya Nazario

Angelo   Rivera-Williams

Jean Carlos   Santos

Ismael Sawadogo

Alberth   Torres-Colon

Adrian Villafane

Dr. Michael O’Neil, Coordinator

Mr. James Graham, teacher

Ms. Christine Murphy Cross, teacher

Ms. Kathryn O’Neil, teacher

 
 

gb #8-168  -  Administration
                    (May 21, 2018)
To recognize the following students and staff from the Challenge and Reach Academy for their fundraising efforts to benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with serious illnesses:

Ahmar Faison                                Eric Raymundi
Calagio Nazario-Colon                    Andriana Dionysopoulos
Jayden Smith                                Aldana Carvallo
Azani Kelley                                  Devante Esquilin 
Nadia Baah                                   Marc Shenette

Jeffrey Creamer – Director             
Melanie Gage -Teacher
Mairecait Binienda - Teacher 

 
 

gb #8-169  -  Administration
                    (May 21, 2018)
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.

 
VI.

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 ROS #8-8  -  Administration
                    (May 21, 2018)
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INITIATIVES IN THE WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Annex A (2 pages)

Annex B (28 pages)

VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII.

REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE

The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met in a public Budget Hearing format at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

The Joint Standing Committee on Finance and Operations and the City Council’s Standing Committee on Education met at 5:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

 

Annex A

 

Annex A

IX. PERSONNEL - NONE  
X.

GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #6-270.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley
                       (May 22, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to consider an allocation of certain extra funds allotted by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, that were not included in the FY19 Budget, for the 2018 Summer School Programs.

 Annex A (2 pages)
  gb #8-123.1  - Administration/Administration
                      (May 22, 2018)
To consider the proposed FY19 Budget.
 
  gb #8-152.1  - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/
                      Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                     (May 30, 2018)
Response of the Administration to the request to appropriate funds received from the State’s grant to the Worcester Public Schools “to assist districts serving students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were displaced by last Fall’s hurricanes.”
 Annex A (1 page)
   gb #8-160.1  -Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                       Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                       (May 25, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the requests to:

 -       inform the schools about “Reading in our City Week,” which will take place from June 10 through June 16 and

-       to read a Mayor’s Proclamation at the School Committee Meeting on June 7, 2018 to commemorate the event.

 Annex A (1 page)
  gb #8-161.1  - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley
                      (May 22, 2018)
Response of the Administration to the requests to:

-       provide a proposed Budget recommendation prior to the Budget deliberation for middle school sports for FY20 and for summer school sport opportunities for 2018.

-       provide the estimated cost for a tiered summer school sports program and seek Community Partners to sponsor such a program.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #8-170  -  Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                     Mr. Foley/Mayor Petty
                     (May 9, 2018)

To forward letters of recognition to:

 -   the following Worcester Technical High School’s TechFair winners:

OVERALL WINNERS

1st place      Gabriela Rodriguez           Finance and Marketing

1st place      Crystal Fernandez Duval    Finance and Marketing

2nd place     Abe-Gayle James              Drafting

2nd place     Gabby James                   Allied

3rd place      Sean O'Connor                Programming

4th place      Lili Zhao                         Allied

4th place      Henry Nguyen                 Allied

5th place      David Rinquist                 Web Development

 

Programming/Web Development:          Finance & Marketing:

1st      Sean O'Connor                            1st      Gabriela Rodriguez

          (Programming)                            1st      Crystal Fernandez Duval

2nd     David Rinquist                             2nd     Tori Plikunas

          (Web Development)                     2nd     Cole Wagner

3rd     Marino Fernandez                        3rd     Willeisha Rodriguez

          (Web Development)                     3rd     Kelly Torres

 

Painting & Design:                               Allied and Mixed Shop:

1st      Vivienne Charpentier              1st      Abe-Gayle James     Drafting

2nd     Valerie Otero                         1st      Gabby James           Allied

2nd     Jennifer Nguyen                    2nd      Lili Zhao                 Allied

2nd     Emma Sjoberg                      2nd      Henry Nguyen         Allied

3rd     Mackenzie Murray                  3rd      Leon Li                  Culinary

                                                                     (Miss McCullough)

-   the students from Worcester Arts Magnet School for having won the Vex Robotics Championship     (Miss McCullough)

 -   the following members of the Junior Girls Scout Troop who were recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family
     with the Ella’s Kids Helping Kids Award:

Sara Baker                 Amaya Boudouani

Madison Braley           Anna Diggins

Delaney Quinn           Carolyn Somers

Abby Vray

Troop leaders:  Wendy Quinn and Stephanie Braley

                                                           (Miss McCullough)

-   the following schools who have a chronic absenteeism rate for the year of less than six percent:

 Flagg Street                   Heard Street Discovery Academy

 Lake View                      May Street

 Midland Street                Nelson Place

 Tatnuck Magnet              Thorndyke Road

 Worcester Arts Magnet    Worcester Technical High

                                                                     (Mr. Monfredo)

-       the Green Reapers Robotics Team from Burncoat High School for ranking 31st out of 60 at the Robotic
         competition held at WPI.                                                        (Mr. Monfredo)

 -      the following students who received scholarships from the Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars Program:      

Burncoat High School

Josue Mendoza - Assumption College

Christopher Ortiz – Gordon College

Yazmin Soto - Worcester State University

Claremont Academy

Steven Robles – University of Massachusetts Amherst

Oscar Rosario – University of Massachusetts Lowell

Taisha Santiago-Anna Maria College

Doherty Memorial High School

Carlos Dominguez - Quinsigamond College

North High School

Aminatou Barry De la Cruz - Fitchburg State University

Kenia Carvajal - Quinsigamond Community College

South High Community School

Chris Nieves - Brown University

Betzabe Vasquez Grande – University of Massachusetts Lowell

Worcester Technical High School

Daishaniese Rivera - Assumption College

Jennifer Lopez - Salem State University

Lesly Santander - Anna Maria College       (Mr. Monfredo)

 
 

gb #8-171  -  Administration
                    (May 9, 2018)
Request that the Superintendent be granted the annual authorization to make the final year end transfers necessary to balance surplus and deficit accounts for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018. 

 
  gb #8-172  -   Administration
                     (May 14, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $3,750.10 made payable to the Milford Maine School District.
 
 

gb #8-173  -   Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                     (May 14, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a report on the number of employees in the Worcester Public Schools who are on administrative leave. 

 
 

gb #8-174  -   Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                     (May 15, 2018)
Request that the Administration review the overall Dress Code Policy and update it, if appropriate. 

 
 

gb #8-175  -   Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mayor Petty
                     (May 15, 2018)

To set a date to recognize:

-  Donna Lombardi, Director of School Nutrition, and the following schools for having received the Healthy Start Award from the Eos Foundation:

- Belmont Street Community School - Susan Hodgkins, Ed.D.

- Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School - Mary Sealey

- Chandler Elementary Community School - Jessica Boss

- Clark Street Developmental Learning School - Fjodor Dukaj

- Goddard School of Science and Technology - Kerrie Allen, Ed.D.

- Lincoln Street School - Shannon Conley

- Francis J. McGrath Elementary School - Paula Gibb-Severin

- Rice Square School - Susan Donahue

- Union Hill School - Ishmael Tabales

- Wawecus Road School - Joanna Loftus                 (Mr. Monfredo)

 

-    Gazette Student Achievers:

- Anton Deti – University Park Campus School

- Nancy Huynh – North High School

- Diane Khong - Burncoat High School

- Anh Nguyen - Claremont Academy

- Henry Rich – South High Community School

- Herlin Rijo – Worcester Technical High School    (Miss McCullough)

 
 

gb #8-176  -  Administration
                    (May 22, 2018)

To accept the following donations:

 -  $275.00 from Hanioti Licensee Inc/Dairy Queen to Belmont Street School

 -  $266.16 from BW Shrewsbury Operations LLC/Buffalo Wild Wings to Tatnuck Magnet School

 -  $2,666.00 from the United Way to Burncoat Preparatory School

 -  $200.00 from Clark University to University Park Campus School to help fund a field trip

 -  $1,333.00 from the United Way to Worcester Technical High School

 -  $500.00 Incentive Prize from WEDF to the Academic Center for Transition (ACT)

 -  $490.00 from the various donors to the Special Education Transition Program

-  $500.00 from the Eos Foundation to each of the following schools for their commitment to support universal free, after the bell,
    breakfast in the classroom (BIC) as a powerful tool to fight childhood hunger and boost academic achievement:

         Belmont Street Community School

         Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School

         Chandler Elementary Community School

         Clark Street Developmental Learning School

         Goddard School of Science and Technology

         Lincoln Street School

         Francis J. McGrath Elementary School

         Rice Square School

         Union Hill School

        Wawecus Road School

 -       $4,215.09 from the Worcester Historical Museum/Pow! Wow! Worcester to the WPS Visual Arts Department

 -       $100.00 from Marjorie & David Cohen to South High Community School’s Food Pantry

 
 

gb #8-177  -  Administration
                    (May 25, 2018)
To accept the Program Support Grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from Unum to Sullivan Middle School to provide services to students and families that will improve their overall health and wellness.

 

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #8-178  -  Administration
                    (May 25, 2018)
To accept the SWAT-SHINE Grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts in the amount of $17,000.00 to develop and implement activities and events to promote mental health and wellness for all students in the Worcester Public Schools.

 

 

Annex A ( 1 page)

 

gb #8-179  -  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                    (May 30, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a report on suspensions.

 
 

gb #8-180  -  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider establishing a committee, in conjunction with the Administration, to reduce school suspensions.

 
  gb #8-181  -  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                    (May 30, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a copy of the report contained in the FY19 Budget, prepared by an outside consultant, regarding the feasibility of combining certain city and school departments.
 
 

gb #8-182  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Focused Instructional Coach (Blended Learning & Digital Media).

 

Annex A (3 pages)

 

gb #8-183  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Department Head-Adult Education Programs.

 

 

 

Annex A (2 pages)

  gb #8-184  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Child Study Supervisor.

 

Annex A (3 pages)

  gb #8-185  -  Administration
                     (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Turnaround Coach.
Annex A (2 pages) 
  gb #8-186  -  Administration
                     (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Pathways Specialist.
Annex A (2 pages)
  gb #8-187  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Director, Innovation Pathways.
Annex A (3 pages)
  gb #8-188  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

 

Annex A (2 pages)

  gb #8-189  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Medical Assistant (MA).

 

Annex A (2 pages)

  gb #8-190  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Clinical Care Coordinator.

 

 

Annex A (2 pages)

  gb #8-191  -  Administration
                     (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Coordinator of Night Life.

 

Annex A (2 pages)

  gb #8-192  -  Administration
                    (May 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the Job Description for the Director of Human Resources.
Annex A (2 pages) 
 

gb #8-193  - Executive Session (Administration)
                   (May 30, 2018)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Tradesmen - IUPE, 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 strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Plumbers and Steamfitters - IUPE, 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 strategy with respect to collective bargaining for EAW-Parent Liaisons, 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 strategy with respect to collective bargaining for EAW-Tutors, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 
XI. ADJOURNMENT  
  Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee