Agenda #6 April 4, 2019

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

AGENDA #6

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, April 4, 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 #9-6  –    Clerk

(March 27, 2019)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Annex A(24 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION -NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #9-85.1  – Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty

(March 25, 2019)

To recognize the Doherty Memorial High School’s Powerlifting Team and its coach Bradley Dustin for placing:

-first at the Elite High Open Cup held in Middleton

-third overall in the Statewide Ryan Moore New England Open and

-first in Central Mass.

Alwaleed Al Habeeb            Jason Amantea

Michael Boutros                 Anthony Migridichian

Kyle Monfredo                   Michael Monfredo

Jordan Nguyen                  Kwaku Nyarko

Fabian Valencia

gb #9-118  – Administration

(March 27, 2019)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ROS #9-5 –   Administration

(March 27, 2019)

THE AVID SYSTEM IN THE WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Annex A ( 19 pges)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION
c&p #9-1  –  Clerk

(March 27, 2019)

To consider a communication from Roger Nugent, President of the EAW, relative to racist comments made by Dante Comparetto, School Committee member, against EAW members.

Annex A (1 page)
c&p #9-2  –  Clerk

(March 27, 2019)

To consider a communication from Roger Nugent, President of the EAW, relative to the need for additional Speech Language Pathologists.

Annex A ( 1 page)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. Annex A (9 pages)
The Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
IX. PERSONNEL
9-16   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 #319-009, effective as shown:

Botchway, Doris         3/21/19

Claxton, Sharon          3/4/19

Durecut, Amy             3/26/19

Gaskill, Jospeh            3/25/19

Johnson, Jonathan      3/18/19

Moise, Emmanuel       3/25/19

Rivera, Katiria            3/18/19

Torres, Layla              3/18/19

Vitale, Catherine         3/25/19

9-17   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:

Perez, Rakisha       2/11/19

9-18   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:

Rivera, Danielle     2/4/19

9-19   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:

Beauregard, Michael    4/8/19

Rozenas, Jason      3/21/19

X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #8-350.2  –      Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Comparetto/

Miss McCullough/Mr. Foley

(March 11, 2019)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report, at its earliest convenience, outlining the anticipated costs of implementing a system of online grading prior to the 2020 Budget discussion.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #9-119  – Administration

(March 15, 2019)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $60.00 to the LearnWell for in-district tutoring.

gb #9-120  – Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/ Mayor Petty

(March 15, 2019)

To forward letters of recognition to Jocelyn Coghlin, a teacher at Worcester Technical High School, and Awa Bamba, a student at Worcester Technical High School, for having received the Worcester Union Inspirational Woman of Worcester Award.

gb #9-121  – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo

(March 19, 2019)

To review the document entitled “Confronting White Nationalism in Schools: A Toolkit,” issued by the Western States Center, to determine whether it can serve as a useful document, reference and guide in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #9-122  –         Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo

(March 19, 2019)

To participate in BattleCry@WPI, at Touch Tomorrow on June 8, and to utilize the competition as a means of showcasing the skills and technical expertise of the Worcester Public Schools’ robotics students in this 120-pound robot competition.

gb #9-123  –  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty

(March 19, 2019)

To set a date to congratulate Thomas Barrett, Coordinator of Buildings and Grounds, on his selection as recipient of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

gb #9-124  –  Administration

(March 21, 2019)

To accept a donation in the total amount of $5,700 from the Goddard Scholars Academy PTO, which was raised during the Goddard Scholars Academy annual fundraiser, for chromebooks.

gb #9-125  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(March 22, 2019)

Request that the Administration inform the public about Worcester: the City that Reads 14th Annual Book Drive to support children in pre-k to grade 8 in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #9-126  –  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(March 25, 2019)

Request that the Administration allow three administrators to briefly highlight some of the successful projects/events that have taken place in their division after the Report of the Superintendent at each meeting.

gb #9-127  – Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(March 25, 2019)

Request that the Administration explore the feasibility of implementing  “Adulting Days” for high school students in conjunction with community volunteers.

Annex A ( 2 pages)
gb #9-128  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(March 25, 2019)

Request that the Administration send a letter of support to the members of the Ways and Means Committee in support of a final Foundation Funding Bill that would benefit the GateWay Cities.

gb #9-129  – Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(March 26, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a report to include the dates, times and sites of the community Spring Cleanups during the months of April and May.

gb #9-130  – Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(March 26, 2019)

To set a date to recognize Ron Charette, Executive Director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Center, located at 47 Camp Street, for his 45 years of devoted service by helping and changing people’s lives.

#9-131  –       Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty

(March 26, 2019)

To set a date to recognize Kwaku Nyarko on being selected as a South Central Scholars (SCS) Noonan Scholar, an award for which 900 students applied.

Backup
gb #9-132  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the City consider updating the City Charter by creating district School Committee seats.

gb #9-133  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider partnering with I-Mentor and/or Classroom Champions to create mentorship opportunities for Worcester public school students.

gb #9-134  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration discuss the meeting that took place with the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Educational Excellence regarding teacher diversity.

gb #9-135  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration create a grow your own teacher program.

gb #9-136  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the status of the One City, One Library Initiative.

gb #9-137  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the status of farm-to-school programs in the district.

gb #9-138  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration consider developing an internship management system to help connect students with specific opportunities and mentors based on their passions.

gb #9-139  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

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

gb #9-140  –  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide an update regarding progress on implementation of the Worcester Public Schools Strategic Plan.

gb #9-141  –  Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration schedule additional public hearings regarding the Worcester Public Schools’ budget.

gb #9-142  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the Wraparound Coordinator Program.

gb #9-143  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration make certain that students have received necessary immunizations.

gb #9-144  –  Mr. Comparetto

(March 27, 2019)

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

gb #9-145  – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide an update as to the activities of Stem School Bus.org, which exists and operates in Worcester “to bring modern technologies to underserved communities and provide opportunities for families to receive high quality, after-school and summer educational programming.”

gb #9-146  – Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell

(March 27, 2019)

Request that the Administration provide a report on “Stand for the Silent’ which is part of the Bullying Prevention Program.

gb #9-147— Administration

(March 27, 2019)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #18/19-13.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation for a Worker’s Compensation case for a Teacher, 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 collective bargaining and litigation for a Teacher, 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 in the case of Jane Doe v. Worcester Public Schools.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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