Agenda #1 January 17, 2019

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

AGENDA #1

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, January 17, 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 Kris Casey
Adams Square Baptist Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #9-1  –    Clerk
                    (January 8, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Annex A (26 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

 

gb#8-355.1 -Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/
                       Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty/
                       Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley
                      (January 8, 2019)
To recognize the following North High School JROTC members for their heroism by saving the lives of children and adults during a recent fire in the City of Worcester:-             Jordan Parker
–             Abderrahman Sebbai
–             Raesean Goodney
–             Marquis Bell
gb #9-1  –      Administration
                      (January 8, 2019)To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ROS #9-1  –   Administration
                      (January 8, 2019)MICHIGAN’S COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION CURRICULUM WITH THE SEX EDUCATION UNIT
Sex Education Unit

The Anatomy section the Basics of Reproductive Health

Powerpoint Presentation

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

 

9-1 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Biron, Heidi, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Woodland Academy, MA, Step 1, $53,048 effective January 2, 2019.  License pending: English as a Second Language Prek-8. *

Burke, Brian, Teacher, Physical Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 8, $75,218 effective January 2, 2019.  Licensed: Physical Education Prek-8. *

Gaumond, Deanna, Teacher, Elementary, Grafton Street, MA, Step 1, $53,048 effective January 2, 2019.  Licensed: Elementary 1-6. *

Gleason, Bridget, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Woodland Academy, BA, Step 1, $46,894 effective January 2, 2019.  License pending: English as a Second Language Prek-8. *

Polak, Vanessa, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, MA, Step 3, $59,300 effective January 2, 2019.  Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-6. *

Ryan, Crystal, Teacher, Special Education, North, MA, Step 8, $75,218 effective January 2, 2019. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12. *

Vriesema, Jonathan, Teacher, Physical Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 1, $53,048 effective January 2, 2019.  Licensed: Physical Education Prek-8. *

*prorated

9-2 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

Smith, Jesse, Teacher, Enrichment, Systemwide, effective December 17, 2018.

Weeks, Megan, Teacher, Focused Instructional Coach, South, effective January 3, 2019.

9-3 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION for Purposes of RETIREMENT of the persons named below:

Fain, Howard, Teacher, Science, Worcester East, effective December 31, 2018.

Lane, Sean, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, effective December 29, 2018.

Lunney, John, Teacher, Physical Education, Vernon Hill, effective December 31, 2018.

Poti, Deborah, Teacher, Special Education, Jacob Hiatt, effective December 31, 2018.

9-4 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $13.73 per hour, from Civil Service List #318-058, effective as shown:

Sevuvor, Felix                                      12/12/18

9-5 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Aide to the Physically Handicapped, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $16.38 (minimum) to $20.18 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #318-053, effective as follows:

Romniou, Dimitra                                 12/17/18

9-6 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of School Bus Attendant, permanent at a salary of $15.60 minimum per hour to $17.38 maximum per hour, from Civil Service List #318-066, effective as follows:

Ford, William                                       1/8/19

9-7 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Driver Full Size School Bus, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $22.00 per hour, from Civil Service List #318-065, effective as follows:

Beauge, Isaac                                       1/2/19

X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #8-57.1  –     Administration/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. O’Connell/
                          Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Mayor Petty
                          (January 4, 2019)
Response of the Administration to the requests to:

  • provide a report as to the openings for principal positions, the timeline for filling them, and the involvement of the community in the selection process
  • provide a report on the policy for hiring new principals to include positions that are open at this time.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-78.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
Miss McCullough
                      (January 9-2019)Response of the Administration to the request to encourage the Worcester Public Schools to participate in the Ticket to Read.net Program, originated and sponsored by the Worcester Bravehearts and the Worcester Railers.
Backup
gb #8-102.1  –   Administration/ Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                          Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                        (January 9-2019)
Response of the Administration to the request to 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.
Backup
gb #8-123.8  –   Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                             Mr. O’Connell
                             (January 3, 2019)Response of the Administration to the motion from the FY19 Budget to provide a report on the benefits, accomplishments and the number of students in the Recreation Worcester program.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-234.1  –    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                             Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                             (December 12, 2018)Response of the Administration to the request to provide an update on the Facilities Master Plan Report, prepared by Symmes, Maine & McKee Association, Inc.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #8 -235.1  –    Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                             Mr. O’Connell/Miss McCullough
                             (December 12, 2018)
Response of the Administration to the request to provide an update on the 2018 Accelerated Repair Projects and include recommendations for 2018-19.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-236.1  –   Administration/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                           Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                          (December 12, 2018)
Response of the Administration to the request to provide the SchoolDude’s recommendations for 2018-19 and include the 2018 requests for issues and concerns at school sites.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #8-261.1  – Administration/Miss Biancheria
                          (December 18, 2018)Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the timeframe and plans regarding the building of the new South High Community School.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #8-349.1  –   Administration/Mr. O’Connell//Miss Biancheria/
                           Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley
                          (December 12, 2018)Response of the Administration to the request to develop and maintain a list of e-mail addresses of parents/guardians, who are willing to furnish them to the Worcester Public Schools, and to utilize the list to disseminate school newsletters and other pertinent information to them.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-2  –     Administration
                       (December 14, 2018)To approve an increase in the mileage reimbursement rate from $0.545 per mile to $0.58 per mile, effective January 1, 2019 for all represented and non-represented personnel in accordance with the 2019 standard mileage rate established by the Internal Revenue Service.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-3  –    Administration
                      (December 17, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment to Kids OT, Inc. in the amount of $156.48 for services rendered in FY18.
gb #9-4  –    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                      Mr. O’Connell
                      (December 19, 2018)Request that the Administration encourage elementary students to participate in the annual Valentine’s Day Contest, sponsored by the Worcester Historical Museum.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #9-5  –    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                      Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                      (December 19, 2018)To forward letters of congratulations to the following individuals at South High Community School for an outstanding Winter Concert and Art Exhibit:-Johnetta Smith, Band Director-Angela Poirier, Chorus Director-Benjamin Adwetewa-Badu, Teacher

-Mary Abbott, Teacher

-Katherine Rice, Teacher

gb #9-6  –     Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
                       Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                      (December 19, 2018)To forward letters of congratulations to Colleen Kelly, History and Social Science/Library liaison and the following advisers of the Model UN for coaching their students to participate in the UN Debate Club held at Clark University:-Justine Thanas                       Burncoat Middle School-Scott Freniere             Burncoat High School-Patricia Peters                        Doherty Memorial High School

-Justin Newman                      Worcester Technical High School

-David Crompton                    Sullivan Middle School

-Brian Cormier                        South High Community School

-Daniel Makela                       Worcester East Middle School

gb #9-7  –    Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
                    (January 2, 2019)To report to the School Committee, promptly upon occurrence, “any case of tort including assaults on teachers and principals, in connection with their employment,” pursuant to the requirements of Article XX (A) (“Teacher Protection”) of the agreement between the Worcester School Committee and the Educational Association of Worcester, September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020 (Page 68).
gb #9-8  –    Administration
                     (January 2, 2019)To select a Vice-Chairman for the School Committee for 2019.
gb #9-9  –    Administration
                     (January 2, 2019)To review the October 1, 2018 Enrollment Report.
Annex A (31 pages)
gb #9-10  –    Administration
                       (January 2, 2019)To review the annual audit and agreed upon procedures report on compliance and internal controls for the City of Worcester, including the Worcester Public Schools, from the Certified Public Accounting Firm of CliftonLarsenAllen, LLP for the year that ended on June 30, 2018 which included the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-133 Reports and the Management Letter.
gb #9-11  –   Administration
                     (January 2, 2019)To review the annual audit and agreed upon procedures on the Independent Accountant’s Report on Applying Agreed Upon Procedures for Student Activity Fund Testing for fiscal years 2016, 2017, and 2018 prepared by CliftonLarsenAllen, LLP.
gb #9-12  –    Administration
                       (January 2, 2019)To review the annual audit and agreed upon procedures on the Independent Accountants’ Report on Applying Agreed Upon Procedures for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education End of Year Financial Report for fiscal year 2017-18, prepared by Robert C. Alario, CPA, P.C.
gb #9-13  –    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/
Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                        (January 3, 2019)To forward a letter of congratulations to the Burncoat High School Quadrivium directed by David Twiss for its outstanding performance at the Inauguration of members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
gb #9-14  –   Administration
                      (January 4, 2019)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $5,489.78 to Zonar Systems for student transportation GPS service charges.
gb #9-15  –   Administration
                       (January 2, 2019)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $1,682.00 to be made payable to the CollegeBoard.
gb #9-16  –    Administration
                       (January 2, 2019)To accept the Parent-Child Home Program Grant in the amount of $25,000.00.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-17  –   Administration
                     (January 2, 2019)To accept the Barr Grant in the amount of $150,000.00.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-18  –     Administration
                        (January 2, 2019)To accept the ArtREACH Visiting Artist Program Grant in the amount of $3,920.00.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-19  –    Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
                        (January 7, 2019)Request that the Administration consider raising the pay of substitute teachers for the next school year and consider giving those retired teachers who worked in the Worcester Public Schools additional compensation as an incentive to come back as a substitute.
gb #9-20  –   Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                        Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                       (January 8, 2019)Request that the Administration provide a report on the Advanced Placement course offerings and include student/parent feedback, guidelines and costs for the exams.
gb #9-21  –   Administration
                      (January 8, 2019)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $430.50 to CliftonLarsonAllen LLP for the 2016 Student Activity Account Agreed Upon Procedures Review.
gb #9-22  –    Administration
                       (January 8, 2019)To authorize the Administration to resubmit a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for Burncoat High School (district priority project).
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #9-23  –   Administration
                       (January 8, 2019)To accept donations in the amount of $2,500 from the family of Elizabeth Reidy for the creation of a scholarship for North High School Students.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-24  –    Administration
                        (January 9, 2019)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $11,167.82 to be made payable to SEEM Collaborative for services rendered.
gb #9-25  –    Administration
                        (January 9, 2019)To set a date to recognize Benjamin Robinson, a student from Burncoat High School, for his brave and selfless action in helping to save eight people from potential peril at a recent fire in the City of Worcester.
gb #9-26  –     Administration
                        (January 9, 2019)To consider approval of the following donations:

  • $3,086 from Worcester Technical High School’s Tech Pride Club to the ALS Association MA Chapter in honor of teacher James Scanlon.
  • $500 from the Forest Grove Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society to the Ava Roy Fund.
  • $1,000 from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to Chandler Magnet School to replenish non-perishable items for the food pantry
  • $1,000 from the Special Olympics (The Yawkey Sports Training Center) to the Unified Sports Program at Worcester Technical High School
  • $15,000 from the Journey Community Church to Belmont Street Community School for Chromebooks

–     $4,700 from WEDF/CSX Grant to Grafton Street School
             –     $1,495.27 from Mixed Bag Designs to Lake View School
             –     $500 from WEDF for Opera Meets Lake View School
            –     $4,250 from various donors at UMASS to Lake View School

gb #9-27 –    Executive Session (Administration)
                       (November 28, 2018)
To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the governmental body, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.
XI. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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