School Committee Agenda #10

School Committee

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

AGENDA #10

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, April 5, 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  - Pastor Robert Jackson
                       First Congregational Church
 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

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

 

Annex A (22 pages)

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 #8-100  -  Administration
                     (March 16, 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

 

 

Annex A (15 pages)

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

IX.

8-21

 

 

 

8-22

PERSONNEL

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: 

          Boutwell, Darlene                       03/13/18
          Rodriguez, Shayla                      03/12/18
          Ruttencutter, Paul                      03/12/18 

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: 

Genelli, James                              03/12/18
Sacco, Domenic                            03/12/18

 

X.

GENERAL BUSINESS

 
 

gb #8-101  - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mayor Petty
                   (March 14, 2018)

 To forward letters of congratulations to:

  •  Doherty Memorial High School’s students and their teacher Dan Sullivan for an outstanding performance of “Guys and Dolls.” (Mr. Monfredo)
  • Representatives of Music Worcester, Mechanics Hall and the Boston Brass, for making possible the Boston Brass Residency, the Boston   Brass concert with the South High Community School Band, its Concert for Kids, its Brown Bag concert, and also its coaching and mentoringsessions  for the students of the Worcester Public Schools.  (Mr. O’Connell) 
  • Bryce Maloney, Anthony Matimu, Glory Tran and Drusilla Wilson, eighth grade students at Sullivan Middle School, on their selection to participate in Project 351, a "statewide youth-led service initiative and nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service  leaders through a yearlong engagement of eighth grade Ambassadors from every city and town in Massachusetts." (Mr. O’Connell)
  • Burncoat Middle Vex Robotics Team which competed and won the Southern New England Middle School Championship. (Miss McCullough)
  • Ricardo Torres, a teacher at Worcester Technical High School, for being selected by the Massachusetts Vocational Association for the Quarter Century Club award. (Mr. Monfredo)
 
   gb #8-102  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 14, 2018)

Request that the Administration inform the public and the schools about Worcester: the City that Reads, the 13th Annual Book Drive to support children in pre-k to grade 8. 
 
   gb #8-103  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 14, 2018)

Request that the Administration work with the City Manager and the secondary schools on a community service program for students to gain in-service hours by assisting senior citizens and/or handicapped adults by removing snow from their walkways, sidewalks and/or cars.
 
   gb #8-104  - Administration
                   (March 15, 2018)

To consider approval of a prior fiscal year 2016 payment in the amount of $8,212.50 made payable to Educational Inc. for services rendered in FY16.

 

Annex A (1 page)

   gb #8-105  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                     (March 16, 2018)

To send a delegation to the three-day statewide Civics Education Institute, to be held from July 24 through July 26 in Marlborough, hosted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in cooperation with the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES), the Massachusetts Center for Civics Education, and Generation Citizen, to support the implementation of the revised History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.
 
   gb #8-106  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                     (March 16, 2018)

To request that the administration review the November 2012 Policy Statement of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “School Day and Structured Student Learning Time Requirements” and that it recommend to the School Committee whether any modifications to the 2017-18 academic calendar are advisable in light of the statement
 
   gb #8-107  - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                    (March 16, 2018)

To request that the administration review the January 2018 Policy Statement of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Alternative Structured Learning Day Programs” and that it recommend to the School Committee whether any such programs should be implemented in the Worcester Public Schools for 2019-20.
 
 

 gb #8-108  -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                     (March 16, 2018)

To acknowledge by name, the Burncoat Dance team which won their 5th MSSAA State Title in Hip Hop for the 4th time in a row.

Jennyfer Amparo                      Maighen Laferriere

Hannah Bronzo*                       Catherine McCarthy

Jessenia Caballero                    Rebecca Perno

Cassandra Cutler                      Ciorstaidh Petrella

Danielle Desantis*                    Abigail Reardon

Caroline Doherty                      Rylie Wharton

Nercy Figueroa                         Emily White

Destiny Kranwinkle                   Rumney Villatico
*denotes captains

 
 

gb #8-109  -  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 19, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the cohort, conducted by the Worcester Public Schools, to include:

-  the application process

-  the names of the teachers and their school assignments

-  the core courses taught

-  the names of the administrators who are teaching the courses and

-  the budgetary costs and funding sources

 
 

gb #8-110   - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                   (March 22, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report to include suggestions for parents to engage students in math related activities during the summer break.

 
 

gb #8-111  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                    (March 26, 2018)

To request a report from the Administration as to any additional funding which will be available to the Worcester Public Schools under the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” including, but not limited to, Title I, Title IV, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, Special Education grants, the Child Care Development Block Grant, Head Start, and Preschool Development grants, and as to plans to allocate such funds.

 
 

gb #8-112  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                    (March 26, 2018)

To submit an application for a grant from the Education Innovation and Research Program (“EIR”), established under the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” for innovative practices at the school district level, ideally with an emphasis on STEM initiatives.

 
 

gb #8-113  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                    (March 26, 2018)

To submit an application for any appropriate funding opportunities that materialize under the new STOP School Violence Act, enacted under the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” which will be available for violence prevention, anonymous reporting systems, and such upgrades as "metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures."

 
 

gb #8-114  -  Administration
                    (March 26, 2018)

To consider approval of the following amendment to gb #8-79 in the minutes of March 1, 2018 as follows:
  -To postpone and reschedule the summer camp at South High Community School, due to construction activities.

 
 

gb #8-115  - Administration
                   (March 26, 2018)

To consider approval of South High Community School’s updated Mission and Focus Statement.

 

Annex A (1 page)

   gb #8-116  - Administration
                   (March 27, 2018)

To accept a donation in the amount of $100 to the Worcester Public Schools from the Fidelity Charitable Gift4Giving Program to be used as needed.

 

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #8-117  -  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 27, 2018)

To consider an increase in the Table of Organization for School Adjustment Councilors.

 
 

gb #8-118  -  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 28, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report which contains the Course of Study Curriculum provided to ELL students.

 
 

gb #8-119  -  Mr. Comparetto/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 28, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the partnerships of the Worcester Public Schools with community organizations.

 
   gb #8-120  -  Administration
                     (March 7, 2018)

- 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