Agenda #9 March 15, 2018

School Committee

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

AGENDA #9

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday March 15, 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  -   
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
 

aor #8-7 - (Clerk)
                 (March 5, 2018)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 1, 2018.

 Annex A (15 page)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION - NONE  
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #8-76.1  -Administration/ Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/
                    Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
                    (February 17, 2018)

To recognize Christine Foley, a teacher at South High Community School and her students who appeared on Fox News to highlight the Andy’s Attic Program.

 gb #8-86  - Administration
                   (March 5, 2018)

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

 
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
  ROS #8-5  - Administration
                    (March 7, 2018)

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

 
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  -  NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 4:06 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Room 410 of the Durkin Administration Building.  
IX. PERSONNEL  
 8-16 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Bryant, Scott, Teacher, Music, Sullivan, MA, Step 8, $74,473* effective February 26, 2018. Licensed: Music – All Levels.

McAuliffe, Kalie, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 4, $61,251*, effective February 26, 2018. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

 
8-17

The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below: 

Fox, Ashley, Special Education, Columbus Park, effective February 23, 2018

Tanner, Alyssa, School Psychologist, Systemwide, effective February 26, 2018

Thompson, Carolyn, School Psychologist, Systemwide, effective March 2, 2018

 
8-18

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

Kemp, Devra, Teacher, Elementary, Goddard, effective February 28, 2018

Vuona, Debora, Teacher, Elementary, Vernon Hill, effective February 26, 2018

 
8-19

The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $13.46 per hour, from Civil Service List #318-002, effective as shown:

Aboody, Yvette          03/01/18
Bowden, Maria          03/01/18
Centeno, Chantale      03/05/18
Correa, Ricardo         03/01/18
Correia, Karla            03/01/18
Diaz, Delines             03/01/18
Ferrer, Guiselle          03/01/18
Guzman, Nydia          03/01/18
Hyland, Melissa          03/01/18
Jimenez, Jairo           03/01/18
Kiontke, Brian           03/01/18
Kuchnicki, Dawn        03/01/18
Le, Hanh                  03/01/18
Marrero, Jeryanida     03/01/18
McCann, Kathleen      03/01/18
Nunez, Josefina         03/01/18
Rupacha, Basanta      03/01/18
Sanchez, Kate           03/01/18
Savage, Vickie           03/01/18
Serrano, Mario          03/01/18
Thach, Karen            03/01/18

 
8-20 The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the persons 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:

Jackson, Stansfield     02/14/18
Stapleton, Joseph       02/20/18

*prorated

 
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
  gb #8-58.1  - Administration/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo 
                    (February 7, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to work collaboratively with Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester State University and other colleges in Worcester to develop a pipeline of students interested in pursuing a teaching career in Worcester.

 Annex A (1 page)
  gb #8-87  - Administration
                 (February 23, 2018)

To accept the Innovation Pathway Grant in the amount of $10,000.

 Annex A (1 page)
 

gb #8-88  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                  (February 23, 2018)

Request that the Administration forward an e-mail of appreciation during the week of April 23rd to secretaries and administrative assistants in celebration of Administrative Professional Day for all the hard work they constantly display.

 
  gb #8-89  - Mr. O’Connell/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                   (February 26, 2018) 

To determine whether the February 13th decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission v. Contributory Retirement Appeal Board (SJC-12331) requires any change in practice regarding sick or vacation payments, if any, made to employees receiving workers’ compensation.

 
 

gb #8-90  - Administration
                  (February 26, 2018)

To consider approval of prior fiscal year payments:

-$6,366.84 for Seven Hills Groton, MA Pediatric Center.

-$4,396 for Durridge Radon Implementation.

 
 

gb #8-91  - Administration
                  (March 1, 2018)

To consider an amendment to number 29 of the School Committee Rules as follows:

The Clerk of the School Committee will e-mail a copy the items for the agenda for each School Committee meeting to the School Committee members on the Wednesday prior to each Friday’s delivery inquiring as to an interest in co-sponsoring  the various items on the agenda.  The School Committee members will complete a form and forward it back to the Clerk of the School Committee on or before Noon on the Thursday prior to the Friday delivery.

 
 

gb #8-92  - Administration
                  (March 1, 2018)

To consider approval of the following donations:

 -$10,000, on behalf on the Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), for scholarships to graduating seniors.

-$25,000, on behalf of the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, for the Hanover Insurance Academy for the Arts at Burncoat Middle School.

-$350, on behalf of the Boston Museum of Science, to Woodland Academy for bus funding for the student’s field trip to the museum.

 
 

gb #8-93  - Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 2, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the students’ participation with Earth Day activities on April 7, 2018 including projects completed with school sites and support from the community for the school sites.

 
 

gb #8-94  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                   (March 2, 2018)

Request that the Administration consider expanding the Worcester: Future Teachers Program in conjunction with Worcester State University in an effort to recruit the best and brightest students.

 
 

gb #8-95  - Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                   (March 4, 2018)

To forward letters of congratulations to:

1. Selam Van Voohis, a senior at Doherty Memorial High School, as the 2018 Girls Inc. National Scholar Program and for receiving a $20,000 Lucile Miller Wright scholarship from Girls Inc.  (Mr. Monfredo)

2. Kellie Shea and Nia Nelson, coaches and the Burncoat High School Dance Team for having won their 5th State Title in Hip Hop at the MSSAA Dance Team State Competition. 

(Miss McCullough)

 
 

gb #8-96  - Administration/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                   (March 4, 2018)

To set the date to recognize the following:

1. All-State Concert Band

Oved Rico, French Horn, South High Community School

Central Massachusetts Music Educators Association Senior Music Festival

Oved Rico, French Horn, South High Community School
Zachary Roy, Bass- Voice, South High Community School
Aaron Balboa, Cello, Burncoat High School
Joshua Landry, Percussion, Burncoat High School

Central Massachusetts Music Educators Association Junior Music Festival

Sienna Leone, Violin, Sullivan Middle School
David Cardoso, Violin, Burncoat Middle School
Trevor Jones, Trombone, Burncoat Middle School
Thais Sobrinho, Alto Voice, Burncoat Middle School
Julia Leitko Soprano, Voice, Burncoat Middle School
                                                            (Administration)

2. Karen Doyle and Ann Reitzell, Advanced Placement teachers at Burncoat High School, as two of the twenty-nine Mass Insight Education & Research Institute 2018 Partners in Excellence Award. (Miss McCullough)

 
 

gb #8-97 -  Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 7, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on school libraries.

 
 

gb #8-98  - Administration
                  (March 4, 2018)

To congratulate Brian Allen, Chief Financial and Operations Officer, for receiving the 2017-18 Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

 
 

gb #8-99  - Administration
                  (March 7, 2018)

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 strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Administrative Secretaries, 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