Agenda #10 School Committee May 16, 2019

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, May 16, 2019
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 #9-8  –    Clerk

(May 9, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Annex A ( 1 page)
aor #9-9  –    Clerk

(May 9, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Annex A ( 26 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #9-167.1  – Administration/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/

Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(May 6, 2019)

To recognize the winners of student awards for exemplifying behaviors that meet the Core Values at the Goddard School of Science and Technology as part of their turnaround process.

gb #9-182  – Administration

(May 6, 2019)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ROS #9-8  – Administration

(May 8, 2019)

A.   THE SOUTH HIGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL’S STUDENT DESIGN CLUB

Annex A ( 1 page)

ROS9-8 powerpoint

B.   ADMINISTRATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

Gregg Bares                             Manager of Grant Resources

Magdalena Ganias, Ed.D     Manager of Curriculum and Professional Learning

Laurie Kuczka                         Director of Head Start

VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE – NONE
IX. PERSONNEL
9-23   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the person named below:

Civello, Jean, Teacher, Special Education, Roosevelt, effective April 26, 2019.

Pacheco, Vanessa, Nurse, Quinsigamond, effective April 26, 2019.

9-24    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION for Purposes of RETIREMENT of the person named below:

Quillen, Mary, Teacher, Elementary, Jacob Hiatt, effective April 30, 2019.

X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #9-139  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider a moratorium on high stakes standardized testing.

gb #9-183  –  Administration

(April 30, 2019)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the total amount of $18,358.66 to Leicester Public Schools for services rendered to Instructional Aides in the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A ( 5 pages)
gb #9-184  –  Administration

(April 30, 2019)

To set a date to recognize the following student winners of the Worcester Regional Middle School (grades 6-8) Science and Engineering Contest at WPI:

Grand Prize

Maya Sushkin                   Nelson Place School

Second Place

Anh Tran                          Forest Grove Middle School

Third Place

Carolyn Somers                Thorndyke Road School

Isabella Prodromidis          West Tatnuck School

Casey Coyle                      Midland Street School

Honorable Mention

Anya Geist                        Sullivan Middle School

Natalie Boucher                Sullivan Middle School

gb #9-185  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell

(May 1, 2019)

To support the Proclamation declaring the week of June 9th as “Reading in our City Week” and also support summer reading activities in the schools.

gb #9-186  –  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(May 6, 2019)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the staff members who assisted in the Annual Arts Festival.

gb #9-187  –  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(May 6, 2019)

To forward a letter to the Worcester Legislative Delegation in opposition to the charter reimbursement formula change as contained in House Bills 70 and 3800 (House Ways and Means Committee) which would reduce reimbursement to the City of Worcester by approximately $1,500,000 (43% reduction statewide).

gb #9-188  –  Administration

(May 6, 2019)

To consider approval of the Job Description for the Chief Diversity Officer.

Annex A ( 2 pages)
gb #9-189  –  Administration

(May 6, 2019)

To consider approval of an updated Due Process Policy for the Student Handbook.

Annex A ( 9 pages)
gb #9-190  –  Administration

(May 8, 2019)

To consider approval of a donation in the total amount of $685.00 to the Worcester Public Schools’ Transition Program from various donors through fundraising efforts.

gb #9-191  – Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(May 8, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a report to be prepared by the Facilities Department of the projects both in the schools and on the grounds surrounding them for the Summer of 2019.

gb #9-192  –  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(May 8, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide the report on bullying, to include a description of the BRACE Project, that was presented at North High School by Robert Pezzella, Safety Director and Joseph Early, Jr., District Attorney.

gb #9-193  –  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(May 8, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a summary of the funding proposed in the City’s Budget for the Worcester Public Schools and indicate the way in which this funding, if approved, can enhance programs in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #9-194  –  Administration

(May 8, 2019)

To set a date to recognize the Worcester public school seniors who received diplomas with the Seal of Biliteracy from the State.

gb #9-195  –   Administration

(May 8, 2019)

To set the dates for the FY20 Budget Hearings.

XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
gb #9-196–   (Administration)

(May 8, 2019)

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.

XII. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

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