Agenda #18 School Committee August 23, 2018

School Committee

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

AGENDA #18

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday August 23, 2018
at:
4:00 p.m. – Regular Session

5:00 p.m. - Executive Session

6:00 p.m. – Regular Session and Proposed Strategic Plan
in the: Esther Howland, South Chamber at City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
 

INVOCATION  - Reverend Robert Jackson
                       First Congregational Church

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

aor #8-14     Clerk
                   (July 24, 2018)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 21, 2018.

 

 

Annex A (27 pages)

   aor #8-15     Clerk
                    (July 24, 2018)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, July 19, 2018.

 

 Annex A (18 pages)

IV.













MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION

gb #8-220.1  - Mr. O’Connell
                      (July 23, 2018)
To reconsider the proposed changes on Line 3, Page 13 of the Student Handbook as follows:

Legal Policies, Nondiscrimination, add the   following:

-  genetics

-  military service

-  mental illness

-  sexual harassment

 
V.









IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #8-211.1  - Administration/Administration
                      (July 30, 2018)
To recognize Judy Freedman Fask and the Worcester Public Schools Transition Department for being awarded the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) 2018 Distinguished Book Award for the book entitled “Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning.”

 
   gb #8-212.1  - Administration/Administration
                        (July 30, 2018)
To recognize Mark Brophy, Director of Instructional Support Staff, for his 32 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. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE -NONE  
IX. PERSONNEL -NONE  
X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #7-148.5  - Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell
                      (August 7, 2018)
Responses of the Administration to the motions to:

 -      add a column in the Budget that would reflect the exact amount of money spent through the third quarter

-      provide a report on the establishment of a revolving account for gate receipts in the FY19 Budget.

-      include in the First Quarter Report with a summary regarding Workers Compensation accounts and any recommendations it considers 

       appropriate to be addressed.

-      provide a report as to the number of students and costs to attend the Gateway School.

-      delete the following sentence from the description of D. Parent Liaisons:

-      “Monthly parent workshops and home visits are included in the responsibilities of these positions.”

 

 

 

Annex A (1 page)

 

  gb #7-177.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria
                     (August 7, 2018)
Response of the Administration to the motion to identify the person who is in charge of the checklist that is used to make certain that the busses are completely safe to transport the students in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
  gb #7-351.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                       (August 7, 2018)
Response of the Administration to the request to update the School Committee as to the number of students who have arrived in Worcester from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
 
   gb #8-153.3  - Administration/Administration
                       (July 29, 2018)
To discuss the proposed Strategic Plan.
 
   gb #8-224  - Administration
                    (July 9, 2018)
To consider changing the title of the Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievement to the
Standing Committee on School and Student Performance.
 
   gb #8-228  -  Administration
                     (July 12, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $2,330.58 to the MTA for the printing of the Unit A Collective Bargaining Agreement.
 
 

gb #8-229  -  Administration
                    (July 16, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $29.98 for in-state travel reimbursement for a teacher.

 
 

gb #8-230  -  Administration
                    (July 17, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $189.31 for in-state travel reimbursement for the Manager of Curriculum and Professional Learning.

 
 

gb #8-231  -  Administration
                    (July 17, 2018)
To accept the MAPLE - MISL Grant in the amount of $47,059.00.

 

Annex A (2 pages)

 

gb #8-232  -  Administration
                    (July 17, 2018)
To accept the PCHP (Parent-Child Home Program) Family Child Care Quality Grant in the amount of $50,000.00.

 

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #8-233  - Administration
                   (July 18, 2018)
To review the status of the FY19 Budget and make appropriate transfers as required.

 
 

gb #8-234  - Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                   (July 23, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide an update on the Facilities Master Plan Report, prepared by Symmes, Maine & McKee Association, Inc.

 
 

gb #8-235  - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                   (July 23, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide an update on the 2018 Accelerated Repair Project and include recommendations for 2018-19.

 
 

gb #8-236  - Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo Mr. O’Connell
                   (July 23, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide the SchoolDude’s recommendations for 2018-19 and include the 2018 requests for issues and concerns at school sites.

 
 

gb #8-237  - Administration
                   (July 24, 2018)
To consider a prior fiscal year payment to The Grenier Company in the amount of $1,500.00 for services rendered in FY18

 
 

gb #8-238  - Administration
                   (July 30, 2018)
To consider approval of the following donations:

 - to support the Exhilarate Worcester Initiative at Woodland Academy:

     -  $875.00 from various donors

     -  $125.00 from Flying Dreams Brewing Co, Inc.

     -  $250.00 from Coghlin Services Fund

     -  $500.00 from Cornerstone Bank

     -  $500.00 from Bollus Lynch, LLC.

     -  $120.00 from Basil & Spice, LLC 

     -  $100.00 from Engineering Design Services, Inc.

     -  $500.00 from Mackintire Insurance Agency

     -  $500.00 from Rigali Roofing and Exteriors

     -  $250.00 from Seder & Chandler, LLP

     -  $125.00 from Smokestack Urban Barbeque and

     -  $250.00 from Tierney & Dalton Assoc., Inc.

 -  $250.00 from WEDF to Burncoat Preparatory Elementary School

-  $7,684.80 from Clark University to support the purchase of Chromebooks at Claremont Academy

 
 

gb #8-239  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                   (July 30, 2018)
To set a date to recognize the Jesse Burkett Senior League All-Star Team for placing 4th at the Little League World Series in Delaware and for winning a sportsmanship award.

 Manager:  Daniel Coffey

Coaches:   Anthony Gigliotti and Sean Murray

Players:

Natalie Barrera               Nicole Canizares

Kayleigh Coffey              Alexa Diaz

Emily Gahagan               Grace Gigliotti

Paige Hubacz                  Molly Lynch

Emily Mahan                   Bridget Murray

Amelia Soltys                  Ainsley White

 
 

gb #8-240  - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                   (August 2, 2018)
To ask the JROTC units of the Worcester Public Schools to consider raising and lowering the United States flag in the veterans’ section of Hope Cemetery, in coordination with other volunteers, including but not limited to veterans’ groups, college ROTC detachments, boy scout troops, and girl scout troops.

 
 

gb #8-241  - Administration
                   (August 7, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $22,426.60 for the LIUNA Pension Fund.

 
 

gb #8-242  - Administration
                   (August 7, 2018)
To consider the following amendment to the 2018 Student Handbook:-

by changing the wording on page 62 under Class Rank Grade Point Average to read:

      Class rank will be recomputed at the end of the 2nd marking period senior year for determining the valedictorian and for
      processing of college applications.

 
 

gb #8-243  - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                   (August 7, 2018)
To consider use in the Worcester Public Schools, as appropriate, of the Fidelity Financial Services' "Boundless" program, which is designed to partner with youth organizations to educate girls and young women about careers in financial services.

 
 

gb #8-244  - Administration
                   (August 14, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $767.05 made payable to a teacher at Burncoat High School for a hotel reimbursement to attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute which was held in Fairfax, VA in FY18.

 
 

gb #8-245  - Administration
                   (August 14, 2018)
To consider approval of the following MASC policies to be included in the Policy Manual:

     JFABE - Education Opportunities for Military Children

     JFABF - Education Opportunities for Children in Foster Care

      KI -      Add the section on Outside Agencies in Schools

add the term “pregnancy or pregnancy related condition” to these policies:

     AC – Nondiscrimination

     GBA – Equal Employment Opportunity

     GCF – Professional Staff Hiring

     JB – Equal Education Opportunity

     JFBB – School Choice

Annex A (2 pages)
Annex B (2 pages)
Annex C (1 page)

 

gb #8-246  - Mr. Comparetto
                  (August 14, 2018)
Request that the School Committee amend its rules by including an item on each agenda for public comment.

 
 

gb #8-247  - Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                   (August 14, 2018)
Request that the School Committee conduct a Public Policy Forum which would meet quarterly at a regularly scheduled School Committee meeting, as recommended in the Strategic Plan, in order to increase civic engagement and create informed public policy.

 
 

gb #8-248  - Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                   (August 14, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding Site Council meeting times and dates and consider holding these meetings at convenient times for parents and community members.

 
 

gb #8-249  -  Administration
                    (August 15, 2018)
To consider approval of the proposed Student Absence Policy to be inserted in both the Policy Manual and the Student Handbook.

 

 Annex A (2 pages)

 

gb #8-250  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                    (August 15, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide a report on its review of home instruction plans, and on its recommendations for processing such plans on an expedited basis in the future.

 
 

gb #8-251  -  Executive Session (Administration)
                    (August 15, 2018)

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 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 and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #17/18-17.

 

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #17/18-18.

 

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation for a Worker’s Compensation for a Tradesman/Carpenter, 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 a Worker’s Compensation for a Head Start Coordinator, 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 a Worker’s Compensation for a teacher, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 

To discuss a potential lawsuit against the Commonwealth for the purpose of fully funding the State’s Foundation Formula Budget.

 

To discuss the deployment of Security Personnel or devices.

 

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation as to the obligation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to assure an “adequate education” to Massachusetts children, including potential plaintiffs, litigation finding sources, and a timeline, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

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