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Agenda #22 School Committee December 19, 2019

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

AGENDA #22

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, December 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 Richard Trainor – Blessed Sacrament Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

Doherty Memorial High School Madrigal Singers

II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #9-25  –  Clerk

(December 11, 2019)

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

aor #9-26  –  Clerk

(December 11, 2019)

To consider approval of the Executive Session Minutes of January 21, 2016, February 25, 2016, April 7, 2016, April 28, 2016, November 17, 2016, August 29, 2017, January 18, 2018, February 1, 2018, April 5, 2019, August 23, 2018, March 21, 2019 and April 4, 2019.

AOR 9-25 (18 pages)

 

 

AOR 9-26 (26 pages)

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #9-396.1  –   Administration/Administration

(December 6, 2019)

To recognize Dante Comparetto for his years of dedicated service to the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #9-398.1  –   Administration/Administration

(December 6, 2019)

To recognize Senator Harriette Chandler for having received the 2019 Outstanding Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts Award.

gb #9-412  – Administration

(December 11, 2019)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ros #9-16  – Administration

(December 11, 2019)

SUPERINTENDENT’S MID-CYCLE REPORT BASED ON HER GOALS

Annex A (56 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION- NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
IX. PERSONNEL
9-65    The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Boucher, Raymond, Teacher, Biology, Technical, BA, Step 2, $50,945, effective December 9, 2019. Licensed: Biology 8-12.*

Gonzalez, Margarita, Teacher, Bilingual-Special Education, Chandler Magnet, DOC, Step 8, $89,312, effective December 10, 2019. Licensed: Special Needs N-9.*

Graham, Kaitlyn, Teacher, Special Education, St. Casimir’s, MA, Step 5, $66,372 + alternative stipend of $4,831, effective December 9, 2019. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.*

Jillson, Cailin, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 2, $57,286, effective December 2, 2019. Licensed: Deaf and Hard of Hearing – all levels.*

McNamara, Meaghan, Teacher, Special Education-Kindergarten, Nelson Place, BA +15, Step 3, $57,213, effective December 2, 2019. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.*

O’Harra, Christopher, Teacher, Culinary Arts, Technical, VL3, Step 1, $54,650, effective December 2, 2019. Waiver: Culinary Arts – Chapter 74. *

Zick, Laura, Teacher, Special Education, Nelson Place, MA, Step 8, $77,489, effective December 9, 2019. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.*

*prorated

9-66   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the person named below:

Dufault, Kara, Teacher, Special Education, Nelson Place, effective December 6, 2019.

9-67   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:

Habib, Zorita, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, effective December 15, 2019.

Perlman, Lisa, Teacher, Elementary, Belmont, effective December 17, 2019.

Ryan, Patricia, Teacher, English, Sullivan, effective December 1, 2019.

9-68   The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below:

Fahl, Andrea, Teacher, Elementary – 4th Prep, Norrback, December 5, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Rapp, Elizabeth, Teacher, Elementary, Chandler Elementary, December 2, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

9-69   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $14.00 per hour, from Civil Service List #319-044, effective as shown:

Balkishun, Karishma                     12/9/19

X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #9-144.1  –  Administration/Mr. Comparetto

(December 5, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on after school and out of school programming to include, but not be limited to, attendance and results.

Annex A (5 pages)
gb #9-226.1  –  Administration/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(November 11, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to review pick-up and drop-off policies for all schools to ensure student safety and smooth traffic flow.

Annex A  (7 pages)
gb #9-227.3  –  Administration/Mr. Monfredo

(November 27, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the system’s plan to continue teaching cursive writing in grades 4 and 5.

Backup
gb #9-413  –  Administration

(December 4, 2019)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $1,144.18 to a teacher.

gb #9-414  –  Administration

(December 4, 2019)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $625.00 to MicroNet Associates, Inc.

gb #9-415  –  Administration

(December 4, 2019)

To consider approval of the following donations:

‑    $380.00 from Dogfather Vending, LLC to Worcester Technical High School

‑    $100.00 from donors to the George & Marie Maloney Scholarship Fund

‑    $100.00 from 495 Truck Center to City View School

‑    $27.00 from a donor to the Worcester Public Schools

gb #9-416  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley/Mr.Monfredo

(December 4, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider incorporating the campaign entitled “RESPECTfully” when the Sex Ed Curriculum is established.

gb #9-417  – Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(December 10, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider forming a Committee consisting of School Committee administrators, staff and a representative from the Mayor’s office to discuss plans to initiate a fitting tribute and dedication to Brian A. O’Connell, an outstanding former member of the School Committee who served from 1983 to 2019.

gb #9-418  –  Administration

(December 11, 2019)

To consider filing a list of outstanding General Business items or motions.

Annex A (6 pages)
gb #9-420  – Administration

(December 11, 2019)

To set a date to recognize Susan Gallagher, Special Education Department Head of Intervention Services, for having achieved a Meritorious Instructor status from the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI).

XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
gb #9-421 –  Administration

(December 11, 2019)

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation for a Worker’s Compensation for a School Bus Driver, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation for a Worker’s Compensation for a Facilities Coordinator, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 

XII. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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