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Agenda #19 School Committee November 7, 2019

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

AGENDA #19

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, November 7, 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 James M. Nally
St. George’s Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #9-21  –  Clerk
(October 29, 2019)To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Annex A (60 pages)
aor #9-22  –  Clerk
(October 30, 2019)To consider approval of the Executive Session Minutes of February 15, 2018, March 15, 2018, September 6, 2018, December 20, 2018 and October 17, 2019.
Annex A (7 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #9-296.1  –   Administration/Administration
(October 4, 2019)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 #9-346  – Administration
(November 6, 2019)To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ros #9-12  – Administration
(September 9, 2019)OFFICE OF CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Annex A (30 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE – NONE
IX. PERSONNEL
9-48   The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Bailey, Kapri, Teacher, Elementary, Goddard, MA, Step 8, $77,489 effective September 23, 2019. Licensed: Early Childhood Pre-2.*

Coonan, Kayla, Teacher, Business Education, Doherty, BA, Step 1, $48,310, effective September 23, 2019. Waiver: Digital Literacy/Computer Science 5-12.*

Fracassa, Brian, Teacher, Physical Education, Goddard, BA +15, Step 8, $73,611, effective October 7, 2019.  Licensed: Physical Education PreK-8.*

Giannino, Andrea, Special Education-Behavior Specialist, Systemwide, MA, Step 6, $69,008 effective October 7, 2019. Waiver: School Adjustment Counselor – all levels*

Griffin, Megan, Teacher, Elementary, Woodland, BA, Step 1, $48,310, effective October 7, 2019.  Licensed: Elementary 1-6.*

Lane, David, Teacher, English as a Second Language, North, MA, Step 8, $71,150, effective October 21, 2019. Licensed: English as a Second Language 5-12.*

Lombardi, Scott, Teacher, Special Education, Sullivan, BA, Step 2, $50,945, effective August 22, 2019. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

Macaruso, Corey, Teacher, Kindergarten, Flagg, MA, Step 5, $66,372, effective September 23, 2019. Licensed: Early Childhood PreK-2.*

MacDonald, John, Teacher, Physical Education, Roosevelt, MA +15, Step 2, $58,698, effective September 5, 2019. Licensed: Physical Education PreK-8.*

Madaus, Ann Marie, Teacher, Special Education, Chandler Elementary, BA, Step 1, $48,310, effective October 1, 2019. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.*

Magner, Robert, Teacher, Chemistry, WTHS, BA, Step 4, $57,393, effective September 3, 2019. Licensed: Chemistry 8-12.*

McNamara, Anne, Teacher, Special Education, Sullivan, MA, Step 8, $77,489, effective September 16, 2019. Licensed: Severe Disabilities-all levels.*

Mitchell, Shelley, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, MA, Step 6, $69,008, effective October 1, 2019. Licensed: English as a Second Language PreK-6.*

Neilan, Clarisse, Teacher, Music, Claremont, BA, Step 1, $48,310, effective August 27, 2019. Licensed Music-all levels.*

Oberg, Bianca, Teacher, Elementary, Belmont, MA, Step 2, $57,286, effective August 23, 2019.  Licensed: Early Childhood PreK-2.*

Pepka, Buffie, Teacher, Mathematics, Forest Grove, MA, Step 8, $77,489, effective August 28, 2019.  Licensed: Mathematics 5-8.*

Pettes, Andrea, Teacher, Special Education, Roosevelt, MA, Step 4, $63,731, effective October 15, 2019. Licensed: Severe Disabilities – all levels.*

Rego, Peter, Focused Instructional Coach, Burncoat Middle, MA, Step 8, $77,489, effective August 22, 2019.  Licensed: Mathematics 5-8.

Rolashevich, Diana, Teacher, Elementary, Wawecus, BA, Step 8, $71,150, effective October 21, 2019. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.*

Spencer, Jessica, Guidance Counselor, NCC Young Adult, MA, Step 4, $63,731, effective October 7, 2019. Licensed: School Guidance 5-12.*

Suzenski, Rebecca, Teacher, Animal Science, WTHS, VL1, Step 1, $48,310, effective August 26, 2019. Waiver: Animal Science Chapter 74 9-14.*

Velky, Matthew, Teacher, Special Education, Norrback, BA, Step 8, $71,150, effective October 21, 2019. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.*

Viselli, Ashley, Teacher, Special Education, Union Hill, MA, Step 3, $61,091, effective August 27, 2019. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.*

Wright, Jeremiah, Teacher, English, Burncoat Middle, BA, Step 1, $48,310, effective September 6, 2019.  Licensed: English 5-12.*

*prorated

9-49   The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below:

Cupelo, Katelyn, Teacher, Physical Education, Forest Grove, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Grajales, Sara, Teacher, English, South, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Jalbert, Jonathan, Teacher, Physical Education, Burncoat, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Kolaczyk, Kim, Teacher, Mathematics, North, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Maddox, Lisa, School Adjustment Counselor, DAB, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

McDermott, Jessica, Teacher, English, Forest Grove, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Power, Mara, Teacher, Special Education, Forest Grove, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Reyes, Celeste, Teacher, English, WEMS, effective August 22, 2019-January 16, 2020.

Robicheau, Celia Campos, Guidance Counselor, GCC, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Taylor, Amanda, Teacher, Elementary, West Tatnuck, effective August 22, 2019-June 30, 2020

9-50   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

Cataldo-Enriquez, Roseanne, Teacher, Engliish as a Second Language, North, effective October 24, 2019.

Cousineau, Kathleen, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, effective October 9, 2019.

Lefebvre, Christina, Teacher, Special Education, Nelson Place, effective October 21, 2019.

9-51   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:

Earley, Gayle, Department Head, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, effective October 31, 2019.

Sebring, Mary, Teacher, English, South, effective October 25, 2019.

9-52    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Driver Full Size School Bus, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $22.66 per hour, from Civil Service List #319-028, effective as follows:

Rodriguez, Yajaira    10/15/19

Rosado, Jose           10/15/19

9-53   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Aide to the Physically Handicapped, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $17.04 (minimum) to $21.00 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #319-042, effective as follows:

Mercado, Samantha  10/21/19

9-54   The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/ fulltime at a salary of $20.31 (minimum) to $24.52 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

McGinn, Elizabeth     10/15/19

9-55   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of School Bus Attendant, permanent at a salary of $16.23 minimum per hour to $18.08 maximum per hour, from Civil Service List #319-029, effective as follows:

Castillo, Nidia           10/15/19

Iraheta, Telma         10/15/19

Rodriguez, Jazmin     10/17/19

9-56  To review for informational purposes the Job Descriptions for:

– a part-time Media Specialist

– a Drug Educator

Annex A (3 pages)
X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #8-359.1  –   Administration/Mr. Monfredo
(October 16, 2019)Response of the Administration to the request to consider the feasibility of presenting more yearly academic and character awards, at the individual school level, to recognize students from each grade who excel in and out of school.
Annex A (4 pages)
gb #9-166.1  –  Administration/Mayor Petty/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 8, 2019)Response of the Administration to the request to report on school funding of community nonprofits such as African Community Education, the Latino Education Institute and the South East Asian Coalition.
Annex A (3 pages)
gb #9-195.6  –  Administration/Miss Biancheria
(October 23, 2019)Response of the Administration to the following motions from the FY20 Budget:500-91110  –  Administration SalariesRequest that the Administration provide the Job Description for the Innovation Pathway Coordinator position at Worcester Technical High School in line C. School Based Supervision. If feasible, consider sharing this position with the Doherty Memorial High School’s Engineering Program.

Miss Biancheria

50015292000 – Facilities Department Non-Salary

Request that the Administration provide a report as to the increase in testing and indicate what was done in the schools, as contained in line F Environmental Management Systems.         Miss Biancheria

Annex A (3 pages)
gb #9-255.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
(October 8, 2019)Response of the Administration to the request to consider installation of vertical banners in the vicinity of schools, highlighting the colors and iconic symbols of the schools, funded where feasible by donations of the schools’ corporate partners and supportive businesses and citizens.
Backup
gb#9-271.1  -Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell
(October 30, 2019)Response of the Administration to the request to continue its collaborative work with various agencies in dealing with the needs of homeless and foster children and consider reviewing the Cincinnati model entitled “Kids in School Rule.”
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #9-285.2  – Administration/Mr. O’Connell
(October 9, 2019)Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report indicating the dates of the fire drills at each school.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-327  –    Administration/Mayor Petty
(October 7, 2019)To consider answers to the fourteen Action Steps made by Mayor Petty and approved by the School Committee:1. School Department to create clear and transparent process to provide the necessary, student-sensitive data needed to do a thorough review of the suspension rates in our Worcester Public Schools. This should include the last 7 years of data.2. Worcester State University to re-engage with our school department regarding the 2014 report, “Suspension in Worcester: A Continuing Conversation.

3. Incorporate comprehensive training practices focused on understanding cultural differences, unconscious bias, understanding racial disparities, and trauma informed care for all staff. Included in this training is MGL c222. For all staff including School Committee.

4.  Review of the state’s school discipline statute, MGL c222, to ensure the city is in complete compliance with the law and make any necessary changes to our policies and procedures.

5.  Continue to maintain an English Language Learner Parent Advisory Council that includes Community Based Organizations and Community Partners in compliance with law, which will work with both the Director of English Language Learners and the Chief Diversify Officer.

6.  Review the practice of out of school suspension for students in K-2 grade and work with community partners and internal staff to create an in-school program to provide counselling and assessment services for these students, contingent on proper funding and in-kind services.

7.  Create an Affirmative Action Advisory Committee that would work with the Human Resource Department and the Chief Diversity Officer. Provide a semiannual report to the School Committee, with the Human Resources Department and the Chief Diversity Officer, as to progress.

8.  Create a Superintendents Latino Advisory Committee.

9.  Quarterly/biannual reports on the progress of the Strategic Plan.

10.  Review and maintain the existing suspension hearing and appeal practices  so that the same WPS person is not allowed to do both hearings and appeals.

11. Hiring a Chief Diversity Officer who shall report to the Superintendent and who shall work collaboratively with the Department of Human Resources of the Worcester Public Schools.

12. Review and assist a comprehensive plan with college presidents to do focused recruitment and retention plans to hire diverse teachers and support staff.

13.  Provide a semi-annual report on the work of the English Language Learner Department and programs to the School Committee on compliance with best practices and Federal DOE guidelines.

14.  Work with the School Committee to consider and implement  recommendations of the Mayors Commission where appropriate. Work with the Commission to benchmark projects .

Annex A (19 pages)
gb #9-347  –  Administration
(October 11, 2019)To set a date to recognize Steven and Andrew Levy for their generous donation to the new Rice Square School library in memory of their mother, Seena Levy who taught 2nd grade reading there for 28 years.
gb #9-348  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
(October 14, 2019)Request that representatives from the school review the Student Handbook with students at the start of the school year regarding punishable offenses with emphasis on the Code of Conduct section.
Backup
gb #9-349  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
(October 14, 2019)Request that the Administration invite educators who currently teach or train NoticeAbility Curriculum and consider implementing it for students with dyslexia.
gb #9-350  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
(October 14, 2019)Request that the School Committee work with the Clerk of the School Committee to determine 3 or 4 dates in 2020 for policy forums/conversations that will be open to the community.
gb #9-351  –  Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(October 17, 2019)To forward a letter of recognition to Kellie Shea, Burncoat Dance Instructor, for receiving the Dance Educator Advocacy Award at the 32nd Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Award ceremony.
gb #9-352  –  Administration
(October 21, 2019)To authorize the Administration to create a Chapter 74 Revolving Fund for the Automotive Program at South High Community School.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-353  –  Administration
(October 21, 2019)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $451.44 to a School Nursing Substitute.
Backup
gb #9-354  –  Administration
(October 23, 2019)To consider filing a list of outstanding General Business items or motions.
Annex A
gb #9-355  –  Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
(October 23, 2019)Request that the Administration explore the feasibility of providing bus transportation to secondary students that live less than 2 miles from school.
gb #9-356  –  Administration
(October 23, 2019)To accept the Mass Skills Capital Grant in the amount of $210,000.00.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-357  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
(October 23, 2019)Request that the Administration require each school and staff member (including coaches) be made aware of the school fundraising policies and ensure that they are being followed at each school.
Annex A (3 pages)
gb #9-358  –  Administration
(October 23, 2019)To consider installing flashing signs in both directions in the proximity of the Burncoat Middle and High schools.
gb #9-359  –  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(October 28, 2019)Request that the Administration provide a report on crew team boats to include repairs and possible restoration of the O’Connell boat to Request that the Administration provide information on the condition of crew team boats and consider, if feasible, restoration of the Brian A. O’Connell boat.
gb #9-360  –  Administration
(October 29, 2019)To consider a change in home school assignments to Nelson Place School, Forest Grove Middle School, and Doherty Memorial High School for certain streets in the vicinity of upper Chester Street.
Annex A (4 pages)
gb #9-361  –  Administration
(October 29, 2019)To authorize the Administration to enter into a lease agreement for ten years for the Alternative School.
Backup
gb #9-362  –  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(October 29, 2019)Request that the School Committee forward a letter to the City Council and City Manager in support of Order 9S as follows:Request City Manager work with NAGE Local 495 to implement the following Home Rule Petition: Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives in the General Court Assembled, and by authority of the same, as follows: Notwithstanding the provision of any general or special law to the contrary, the personal administrator shall certify any active employee who served in a civil service position in the city of Worcester as a provisional or provisional promotion employee for at least six months prior to the “effective date of passage of this Act,” to permanent civil service status in that position.  (Mayor Petty)
gb #9-363  –  Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(October 30, 2019)Request that the Administration forward a letter to the Worcester Technical High School’s carpentry students for making a ramp for their student teacher from WPI.
gb #9-364 –   Administration
(October 30, 2019)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $10,012.00 to The Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction.
Backup
gb #9-365 –   Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(October 30, 2019)Request that the Administration install at least one single stall gender neutral bathroom in all new WPS buildings.
gb #9-366 –   Mr. Comparetto
(October 30, 2019)Request that the Administration organize a people’s budget quarterly forum for February of 2020.
gb #9-367 –   Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley
(October 30, 2019)Request that the Administration consider a new time and place for School Committee recognitions.
gb #9-368 –   Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
(October 30, 2019)Request that the Administration provide a report on all soccer programs in the WPS and investigate ways to increase the programming in all schools.
gb #9-369 –   Administration
(October 30, 2019)To consider approval of the following donations:-   $200.00 to the George and Marie Maloney Scholarship Fund from various donors–   $809.75 to Lake View School from Lifetouch

–   $1,000.00 to Lincoln Street Elementary School from Great Clips

–   $500.00 to Worcester Technical High School Life Skills from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

–   $250.00 to Chandler Magnet School from the Worcester Education Development Foundation

–   $398.00 to the Worcester Public Schools to use for parent involvement incentive for completing the technology in the home survey

gb #9-370  – Administration
(October 30, 2019)To accept the STARS Residencies FY20 Grant-Worcester Arts Magnet School in the amount of $4,900.00.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-371  – Administration
(October 30, 2019)To accept the STARS Residencies FY20 Grant-Jacob Hiatt Magnet School in the amount of $4,100.00.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-372  – Administration
(October 30, 2019)To accept the STARS Residencies FY20 Grant-Chandler Elementary School in the amount of $3,900.00.
Annex A (1 page)
XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
gb #9-373 – Administration

(October 30, 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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