Agenda # 11 School Committee June 6, 2019

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

AGENDA #11

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, June 6, 2019
at: 4:00 p.m. – Budget

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 Dr. Kevin Downer

Greendale People’s Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #9-10  –  Clerk

(May 29, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Annex A (6 pages)
aor #9-11  –  Clerk

(May 29, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Annex A (11 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #9-184.1  –  Administration/Administration

(May 20, 2019)

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 #9-194.1  – Administration/Administration

(May 20, 2019)

To recognize the following Worcester public school seniors who received diplomas with the Seal of Biliteracy from the State:

Benjamin Alvarado Behsair Nurhussien
Selene Aquino Dany Orellana
Daniel Ardila Tamayo Rosanny Peguero
Alexis Batista Gonzalez Nayelie Perez Rivera
Eileen Bonilla Nayeli Rodriguez Retana
Paolo Bustos Luis Rosales
Bryan Escobar Maria Simone Sarmiento
Erika Guaman Zumba Iris Thompson Fernandez
Andres Gutierrez Gomez Gabriella Vallejo
Nissy Lebron Sofia Vallejo
Maria Morfe Neysha Vazquez Pizarro
Astrid Noriega Jamaal Velazquez Torres
gb #9-197  – Administration

(May 29, 2019)

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

VI. A.REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT -NONE
B. ADMINISTRATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

-Mary Meade-Montague, Manager of Instruction and School Leadership

-Kay Seale, Manager of Special Education

-Liz Tiley, Director of Night Life

VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION
VIII. REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. Annex A (6 pages)
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. Annex A (3 pages)
IX. PERSONNEL
9-25  The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the person named below:

Richter, Jonathan, Teacher, Music, Woodland, effective May 24, 2019.

9-26   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $13.73 per hour, from Civil Service List #319-022, effective as shown:

Ansah, Bismark                  5/28/19

Belrhalia, Kathy                 5/28/19

Benitez, Carmen                5/20/19

Osei-Bonsu, Selina             5/20/19

Provost, Rhonda                5/28/19

Rey Romano, Zulema         5/28/19

Rodrigez, Olga                   5/28/19

Roman, Cynthia                 5/28/19

Vasquez, Doricel                5/28/19

Vaz, Martha                       5/20/19

9-27   The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of 52 week Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $18.83 (minimum) to $23.29 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Rodriguez, Angelica           4/22/19

9-28   The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of 42 week Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $19.91 (minimum) to $24.21 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Richardson, Karen              5/15/19

9-29   The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $16.22 (minimum) to $20.64 (maximum), per hour, effective as shown:

Clark, Rebecca                   5/6/19

Davis, Andrew                   4/29/19

Dwyer, Caitlyn                   6/24/19

Roberts, Cameron              5/28/19

Willis, Bernard                   5/3/19

X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #9-195.1  –  Administration/Administration

(May 20, 2019)

To consider the proposed FY20 Budget.

gb #9-136.1  –  Administration/Mr. Comparetto

(May 21, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report regarding the status of the One City, One Library Initiative.

Annex A ( 10 pages)
gb #9-143.1  –  Administration/Mr. Comparetto/Mayor Petty

(May 20, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a detailed report on the laws regarding student immunizations.

Annex A ( 6 pages)
gb #9-153.1  –  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/

Mr. O’Connell

(May 21, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to invite Tina Grosowsky, Project Coordinator for the Central Massachusetts Tobacco Free Community Partnership to give a short presentation on the issue of vaping.

Backup
gb #9-188  –  Administration

(May 6, 2019)

To review for informational purposes 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)

Annex B ( 1 page)

gb #9-198  –  Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(May 13, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider the proposal by the parents and neighbors of Flagg Street School to construct a pathway from St. Paul Drive to Flagg Street School.

Annex A ( 7 pages)
gb #9-199  –  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/

Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(May 14, 2019)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the student performers from the Burncoat Dance Department for their outstanding performance of “1001 Arabian Nights:The Story of Aladdin” at Hanover Theater and their instructors Kellie Shea and Ann Marie Keane.

gb #9-200  –  Mayor Petty/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough

(May 15, 2019)

Request that the Administration invite representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Center for District Support to make a presentation on the district’s accountability and disciplinary data.

gb #9-201  –  Mayor Petty/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough

(May 15, 2019)

To provide the School Committee with copies of all correspondences and data forwarded to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on an ongoing and timely manner.

gb #9-202  –  Administration

(May 20, 2019)

Request that the Superintendent be granted the annual authorization to make the final year end transfers necessary to balance surplus and deficit accounts for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019.

gb #9-203  –  Administration

(May 21, 2019)

To accept the Development & Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning Grant in the amount of $43,620.00.

Annex A ( 1 page)
gb #9-204  – Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty

(May 23, 2019)

To set a date to recognize the WPS students who recently presented their research at Harvard University.

gb #9-205  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/

Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(May 24, 2019)

To forward letters of congratulations to the following members of the Worcester Unified Track & Field Team for capturing the 2019 Division 1 Sectional Championship in Holyoke:

Worcester Technical High School – Athletes

Mariam Abdelwahab Marquise Little
Justice Batista Joshua Menard
Natasha Brooks James Ricardi
Gabriella Caseau Antonio Rivera
Skylar Daly Christina Ross
Landen De La Cruz Michael Smith
Nayeli Gil Ryan Stolakis
Katie Huynh Aeneas Taylor
Judeline Jean-Charles Jamarcus Taylor
Kaitlyn Lauziere Hannah Williams

 

Burncoat High School – Athletes

Nicholas Assie Margaret McCarthy
Edgar Colon Liza Rosenblum
Stephanie Garcia-Davila Marie Santana
Kareem Jolly Marcus Walley-McKay
Austin Lauziere Jose Zabala

 

gb #9-206  –  Administration

(May 24, 2019)

Pursuant to G.L. c. 71 § 37F and the recommendation of the Superintendent, the School Committee hereby employs Attorney Michael P. Angelini of the Worcester law firm Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, as legal counsel for the sole purpose of representing the City of Worcester, Worcester Public Schools, in connection with potential litigation against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding the funding of the so-called “Foundation Budget.”  The employment of Attorney Angelini shall include Attorney Andrew Bartholomew and such other members and employees of the firm of Bowditch & Dewey as may be designated by Mr. Angelini.  All such representation shall be pro bono, except that the Worcester Public Schools shall reimburse Bowditch & Dewey for all expenses incurred in connection with this legal representation.

gb #9-207  –  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/

Mr. Monfredo

(May 28, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider development and implementation of a Video Production and/or Broadcast Journalism curriculum at an appropriate school within the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #9-208  – Administration

(May 29, 2019)

To consider approval of the following donations:

$500 from the EOS Foundation to Belmont Street Community School for the Healthy Start Award

$500 from the EOS Foundation to Chandler Magnet School for the Healthy Start Award

$500 from the EOS Foundation to Lincoln Street School for the Healthy Start Award

$199.62 from a donor to Woodland Academy

$1,000 from donors to a Doherty Memorial High School football player in memory of Thomas Walles

gb #9-209  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/

Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(May 29, 2019)

To set a date to recognize representatives of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for their leadership in raising more than $8,000 for the purchase of commemorative rings and jackets to celebrate the Worcester Technical High School Eagles for winning the State Division 4 Basketball Championship, a first for the Worcester Public Schools.  In addition, forward letters of appreciation to the following businesses for their participation in funding the project:

Atlas Distributing, Inc.                     Country Bank

Domitek                                      MCPHS University

Rand-Whitney Container LLC           The Guru Tax & Financial Services

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.   Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Gois Broadcasting (MegaBoston)      EuroAmerican Air Freight

gb #9-210  – Administration

(May 29, 2019)

To set a date to recognize Ciara McDade, a student at Worcester Technical High School, who performed CPR on her mother which saved her life.

gb #9-211  – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/

Mr. Monfredo

(May 29, 2019)

To discuss the advisable siting, and construction specifications, of a proposed replacement Doherty Memorial High School.

gb #9-212  – Administration

(May 29, 2019)

To review the report of the City Solicitor regarding the Open Meeting Law Complaint.

Annex A (4 pages)
XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
gb #9-213–   (Administration)

(May 31, 2019)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #18/19-14.

XII. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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