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Agenda #16 School Committee September 19, 2019

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

AGENDA #16

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, September 19, 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

Reverend Robert Jackson

First Congregational Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

Burncoat High School’s Quadrivium

II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #9-17  –  Clerk

(September 11, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Annex A (18 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION -NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #9-151.1  – Administration/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/

Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(September 5, 2019)

To recognize Burncoat High School’s Quadrivium for winning the WEC’Appella contest.

gb #9-210.1  –  Administration/Administration

(September 9, 2019)

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

gb #9-253.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty

(August 16, 2019)

To recognize Sarah Kyriazis, Manager of Instructional Technology and Digital Learning, on her selection as recipient of the 2019 Administrator Award from MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators).

gb #9-259.1  –  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/

Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(September 9, 2019)

To recognize the Worcester Bravehearts as Champions of the Future Collegiate Baseball League and for its community service activities in the Worcester Public Schools and in the community.

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

OFFICE OF CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Annex A (15 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION -NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE

The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

F&O 9-16-19
IX. PERSONNEL -NONE
X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #8-252.1  –   Administration/Administration

(September 11, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to approve the selection of McGraw-Hill as the choice for textbooks in the Grade 8 Civics Course.

 

Annex A (1 page)

X. gb #8-277.1  –   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. O’Connell

(September 11, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report regarding the number of schools that have “Buddy Benches” and consider expanding the concept to other schools based on feedback from the principals.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-285.1  – Administration/ Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/

Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(September 9, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to verify full compliance of the Worcester Public Schools with the provisions of 527 CMR 1.00, Section 20.2.4.2.1.4, which require that the first fire drill of the year occur within three days of the start of school.

Backup
gb #9-286 –   Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo

(August 28, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide an update regarding ongoing student transportation issues.

gb #9-288  –  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(August 28, 2019)

Request the establishment of an inclusive and transparent process for selecting and implementing a comprehensive Sex Education Curriculum that is age-appropriate, evidence-based, medically-accurate and LGBTQ inclusive in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #9-293  –  Administration

(August 28, 2019)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the total amount of $7,800.00 to school nurses for longevity rates.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-296  –  Administration

(September 4, 2019)

To set a date to recognize the following North High School’s art teachers who received the following awards from the Massachusetts Art Education Association:

Lizzie Fortin      – Art Educator of the Year, (Coach)

Callie Mulcahy   – Exceptional New Art Teacher of the Year

gb #9-297  – Administration

(September 4, 2019)

To accept the Comprehensive School Health Services (CSHS) Grant in the amount of $200,000.00.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-298  –  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(September 4, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider involving students in the Stand for Children‘s four week program challenge on teaching kindness.

gb #9-299  –   Administration

(September 5, 2019)

To accept the 21st Century Community Learning Centers – Support Additional Learning Time Grant in the amount of $175,000.00.

Annex A ( 1 page)
gb #9-300  –   Administration

(September 9, 2019)

To set a date to recognize the Barbara Sargent, Nicole Delamere, Phil King and Mary Scully for receiving exemplary program recognition by Governor Baker for its 21st Century Out of School Time Program.

gb #9-301  –  Administration

(September 10, 2019)

To set a date to recognize Unum for being named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

gb #9-302  –  Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To approve a prior year payment to Glass America in the amount of $869.80 for windshield repair services for vehicles in the Worcester Public Schools.

Backup
gb #9-303  –  Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To approve a prior year payment to Early’s on Park Avenue, Inc. in the amount of $360.00 for towing services for vehicles in the Worcester Public Schools.

Backup
gb #9-304  –  Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To accept a donation in the amount of $250.00 from a donor to the Patricia Falcone Memorial Scholarship.

gb #9-305  –  Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To approve prior fiscal year payments in the total amount of $350.00 for bus driver license renewals.

Backup
gb #9-306  –  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell

(September 11, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide its plan on informing students on the dangers of vaping.

gb #9-307  –  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty

(September 11, 2019)

Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to Darcy Schwartz on receiving the Thomas Jefferson Award “honoring the significant contribution she and her studio’s Visiting Artist Outreach Program have made to the children, families and staff of the Worcester public school system and the community at large.”

gb #9-308  –  Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To approve prior year payments totaling $100,458.23 to Durham School Services for amounts owed following the final reconciliation of payments and service credits for non-compliance during the 2018-2019 school year.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #9-309  – Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To set a date to recognize the following students who received the AP Capstone Diploma and their teachers:

Sara Gace                Doherty Memorial High School

Alyssa Goins            South High Community School

Gia-Han Le               South High Community School

Tu T. Luu                 South High Community School

Sarah White             South High Community School

and the following students who received the AP Seminar and Research Certificate:

Rolanda Nubuor       Burncoat High School

Lauren Pichette        Burncoat High School

Gabriella Vallejo       Burncoat High School

Tranh Nha Tran        Claremont Academy

gb #9-310 –  Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To consider approval of the selection of Mairecait Binienda as the Focused Instructional coach at the Challenge and Reach Academy.

XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION

gb #9-311  – Administration

(September 11, 2019)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #18/19-10.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Plumbers and Steamfitters, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Tradesmen, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigation position of the School Committee and the chair so declares – Educational Association of Worcester and Worcester School Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, Case No. CAS-19-7323.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares – Worcester School Committee v. International Union of Public Employees, Tradesmen, Local – 135 and International Union of Public Employees, Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local – 125, Worcester Superior Court Civil Action No. 1885CV01520.

 
XII. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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