Agenda #4 January 18, 2018

School Committee

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

AGENDA # 4

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, January 18, 2018
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 Paul Frechette
                       Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM - Burncoat Street Preparatory School's Chorus  
II. ROLL CALL  
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #7-27 -  Clerk
                   (January 8, 2018)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 21, 2017.

 

 Annex A (30 pages)

   aor #8-1 -  Clerk
                  (January 8, 2018)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Agenda 1 - Straw Vote for the Vice-Chairperson and Seating Order.
 Annex A (1 page)
  aor #8-2 -  Clerk
                (January 8, 2018)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Agenda 2 - Inauguration.

 

 Annex A (8 pages)

 

 aor #8-3 -  Clerk                 
                  (January 8, 2018)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Agenda 3 - Acceptance of Rules and Regular Meeting.

 

Annex A (3 pages)

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
V.

IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #7-401.1  -  Administration/Administration
                       (January 2, 2018)
To recognize Bertha-Elena Rojas, Manager of English Language Learners, for her years of dedicated service to the students and staff in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #8 9  - Administration                    
               (January 5, 2018)
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.

 
VI.

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ROS #8-1  -   Administration
                    (January 5, 2018)
GOALS OF SUPERINTENDENT BINIENDA FOR 2018-19.

 
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
IX.

PERSONNEL

 8-01     The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

            Barbato, Emily, Teacher, Special Education, Worcester East Middle, BA +15, Step 1, $48,312*, effective January 3, 2018.  License         pending: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.

            Brennan, Megan, Teacher, Mathematics, New Citizen Center, BA, Step1, $45,970 *, effective December 20, 2017. Licensed: Mathematics 5-8.
            Cormier, Nicole, Teacher, English, Gerald Creamer Center, BA, Step1, $45,970 * effective December 19, 2017. Licensed: English 8-12.

            Finkle, Jill, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 6, $65,665*, effective December 18, 2017. Licensed: Occupational Therapist.

           Francois, Genevieve, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Chandler Magnet, MA, Step 4, $60,644*, effective January 2, 2018. License pending: English as a Second Language PreK-6.

            Miner, Erin, Teacher, Elementary, Goddard, BA, Step 1, $45,970*, effective January 2, 2018. License pending: Early Childhood PreK-2.

            Peck, Jason, Psychologist, Systemwide, CAGS/2M, Step 8, $78,955*, effective January 8, 2018. Licensed: School Psychologist.

            Walsh, Daniel, Teacher, Vocational, Worcester Technical, VL4, Step 8, $75,082*, effective January 2, 2018.  License pending in Electricity Chapter 74.

8-02     The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

 Cadavid, Michelle, Liaison, Systemwide, effective January 1, 2018.

 Hauver, Brook, Teacher, Mathematics, Claremont Academy, effective January 1, 2018.

Lyons, Diane, Teacher, Elementary, Columbus Park, effective January 1, 2018.

 Rojas, Bertha-Elena, Manager, English Language Learners, Durkin Administration Building, effective December 31, 2017.

 Sullivan, Sara, Psychologist, Systemwide, effective January 5, 2018.

 Vargas-Baker, Mariagraciela, Psychologist, Systemwide, effective December 31, 2017. 

8-03     The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the following persons named below:

 Brown, Michelle, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, effective December 31, 2017.

 Slavinskas, Daniel, Teacher, Vocational Education, Worcester Technical, effective December 29, 2017.

 8-04     The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $13.20 per hour, from Civil Service List #317-050, effective as shown:

 Gonzalez, Justina       01/02/18
 Guzman, Sasha          12/20/17

 8-05     The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $19.13 (minimum) to $ 23.27 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Ramirez, Coralys        12/26/17

8-06     The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $15.90 (minimum) to $20.24 (maximum), per hour, effective as shown:

Goodrich, Kristopher               01/02/18
*prorated

 
X.

GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #8-10  - Mr. Monfredo
                 (December 21, 2017)
Request that the Administration support the Worcester Historical Museum’s 40th annual “Be Our Valentine Contest” by encouraging participation of the students in grades 3 to 6.

 

Annex A (2 pages)

 

gb #8-11  - Mr. O’Connell
                  (December 21, 2017)
To forward letters of appreciation to the College of the Holy Cross, its Athletic Department, its Athletic Association and its Women’s Basketball team, for inviting the elementary students of the Worcester Public Schools to attend the December 20th Women’s Basketball game between Holy Cross and Dartmouth College in the Hart Center as their guest.

 
 

gb #8-12  - Mr. Monfredo
                  (January 2, 2018)
Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to the Doherty Memorial High School’s Basketball team and its coach Jermaine Chavis for winning the Laska Yuletide Invitational Tournament which was held at Assumption College.

 
 

gb #8-13  - Administration
                  (January 3, 2018)
To approve a prior fiscal year payment to the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrator (MAVA) in the amount of $1,334 for a 2017 Summer Education Cohort course.

 

Annex A (3 pages)

 

gb #8-14  - Administration
                  (January 3, 2018)
To consider approval of the following donations: 

- $250 from the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to Belmont Street Community School

- $1000 from the Worcester Educational Development Foundation to the Worcester Public Schools-AVID Program for salary reimbursement

 
 

gb #8-15  - Administration
                  (January 5, 2018)
To consider the recommendation of the Administration to declare the property located at 6 Claremont Street (Assessors Parcel 06-036-00030) as no longer needed for public school purposes.

 

Annex A (3 pages)

 

gb #8-16  - Administration                 
                  (January 5, 2018)
To authorize the Administration to submit Statements of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the following Accelerated Repair Projects for 2018:

Challenge and Reach Academy (at Harlow Street) –Windows, Roof and Boiler Replacements

 

Annex A (5 pages)

 

gb #8-17  - Administration
                   (January 5, 2018)
To consider the findings and recommendations of the Facilities Master Plan Report as prepared by Symmes Maini & McKee Association Inc., Architects, (SMMA).

 
  gb #8-18  - Administration
                  (January 5, 2018)
To review the October 1, 2017 Enrollment Report.
 Annex A (2 pages)
 Annex B (29 pages)
 Annex C (1 page)
  gb #8-19  - Administration                  
                   (January 9, 2018)
To authorize the Administration to resubmit Statements of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the following projects for major renovation or replacement for 2018:  
  • Burncoat High School (district priority project)
  • Worcester East Middle School

 

 Annex A (2 pages)

  gb #8-20  - Mr. O’Connell
                 (January 10, 2018)
To interact with the Worcester legislative delegation as to the proposed change in the circuit breaker state reimbursement rate from 75% to 65%, which could result in a reduction in state aid to the Worcester Public Schools of $476,204.
 
  gb #8-21  - Miss Biancheria
                 (January 10, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide an update on the plan to accommodate the 321 students from Puerto Rico.
 
 

gb #8-22  - Miss Biancheria
                 (January 10, 2018)
Request that the Administration provide the following information relative to the process for DEF referral to include:

-      the item frame for a principal to make a call to DCF

-      the individuals who are notified of the phone call and

-      indicate the follow-up

 
 

gb #8-23  - Administration
                 (January 10, 2018)
To consider filing the General Business items and motions, as contained in the backup for Annexes A-N.

 

Annexes A-N

   gb #8-24  - Administration

                   (January 10, 2018) 

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Occupational Therapy Assistants and Physical Therapy 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 Cafeteria Workers, 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 Plumbers and Steamfitters, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

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