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School Committee Agenda #11 – March 17, 2016

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, March 17, 2016
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 Dimitrios Moraitis
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #6-6 –   Clerk
(March 9, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 25, 2016

Annex A (26 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #6-20.1  –  Administration//Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
(January 6, 2016)

To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the many donations of defibrillators to the Worcester Public Schools by the Josh Thibodeau Helping Hearts Foundation.

gb #6-24.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
(January 8, 2016)

To recognize and to congratulate the following students who were honored by the Worcester County Superintendents’ Association, at its Scholars Luncheon for their academic, social and civic achievements:Burncoat High SchoolLaurana Nyman

Claremont Academy

Jaqueline Alvarez

Doherty Memorial High School

Aubrey Leary

Madeleine Lerner

North High School

Allen Quang

Rachel Dao

South High Community School

Kenneth Adusei

Dominik Danko

University Park Campus School

Sibgha Javaid

Worcester Technical High School

Abeeku Bondzie

Tauny Tambolleo

gb #6-61.1  –  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
(January 18, 2016)

To recognize South High Community School’s Marching Band under the direction of Johnetta Smith for being selected to represent the State of Massachusetts in the commemoration of the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, PA.

gb #6-78.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
(February 9, 2016)

To recognize Donna Lombardi, Director of School Nutrition, on her selection as the recipient of the Lemuel Shattuck Award for her leadership in Public Health and for her work to reduce health inequities in the Commonwealth.

gb #6-109 –    Administration
(March 8, 2016)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #6-3  –   Administration
(March 9, 2016)

THE OPIATE EPIDEMIC: IMPACT ON THE WORCESTER COMMUNITY

Annex A (13 pages)
Annex B (12 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE – NONE
 IX.

 

 

6-09

PERSONNEL

The Superintendent APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:

Ducharme, Roger, Teacher, Vocational, Worcester Technical, effective February 8, 2016

Lynch, Kathleen, Teacher, Elementary, Quinsigamond, effective January 29, 2016

Murphy, Geraldine, Teacher, Reading, Roosevelt, effective January 29, 2016

O’Neil, Elizabeth, Teacher, Special Education, Roosevelt, effective January 31, 2016

Walsh-Perozzi, AnnMarie, Assistant Principal, Goddard, effective February 6, 2016

Wilson, Ellen, Teacher, Library, Worcester Technical, effective January 31, 2016

6-10 The Superintendent ACKNOWLEDGES the RESIGNATION of the person named below:

Powers-Stockl, Erin, Special Education, Worcester East, effective February 25, 2016.

6-11 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Curley, Jill, Teacher, Speech, Systemwide, MA, Step 1, $50,978, effective January 19, 2016. Licensed: Speech, Language, Hearing Disorder All Levels.

DaFonte, Julia, Teacher, Speech, Systemwide, MA, Step 1, $50,978, effective February 1, 2016. Licensed: Speech, Language, Hearing Disorder All Levels.

Heyman, Kimberly, Teacher, Mathematics, North High, MA, Step 3, $56,987, effective January 25, 2016. Licensed: Mathematics 8-12.

McCauley, Jessica, Teacher, Behavior Specialist, Systemwide, CAGS/2MA, Step 8, $77,399, effective February 8, 2016. Licensed: School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor All Levels.

McDermott, Heather, Teacher, Special Education, Systemwide, BA+15, Step 5, $58,296. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

Moghni, Anam, Teacher, Speech, Systemwide, MA, Step 1, $50,978. Licensed: Speech, Language, Hearing Disorder All Levels.

6-12 The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $17.74 (minimum) to $21.58 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Larson, Andrea            2/22/16
Vivlamore, Courtney    2/24/16

X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #6-41.1  –  Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough
(March 9, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a chart indicating the number of school behavior referrals, by school, for the 2014-15 academic year.

Annex A (3 pages)
gb #6-50.1  –  Administration/Mayor Petty/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough
(March 9, 2016)Response of the Administration to the request to consider joining and fully funding Worcester Technical High School’s schoolwide participation in SkillsUSA.
Annex A (6 pages)
gb #6-81.1  –  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough
(March 9, 2016)Response of the Administration to the request to invite Debra McGovern, Coordinator of School Nurses for the Worcester Public Schools and Cassandra Andersen, Coordinator of the City of Worcester’s Regional Behavioral Health Program, District Attorney Early and Sheriff Evangelidis to provide an update regarding drug addiction in Worcester.
gb #6-110  –   Administration
(March 4, 2016)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $1,505.56 for Shred-it..
gb #6-111  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 4, 2016)Request that the Administration encourage schools, with the assistance of the Safety Liaison Officer Robert Pezzella, to establish at their school a Chapter of the “Stand for the Silent,” an anti-bullying movement.
gb #6-112  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 4, 2016)To set a date to recognize the Worcester Educational Development Foundation and thank them for awarding over $7,500 in grant money to the following schools:

Woodland Academy Multicultural Gala $1,000
North High School Community and Educational Fair $1,000
May Street School Put Down Your Technology–Pick up a Classic $1,000
Lake View School The Music of Sound $193
Burncoat Middle School/Health and Physical Education Department Stayin Alive $1,000
Gates Lane School of International Studies Mom, Dad Look What We Can Do! (STEM) $1,000
Worcester Arts Magnet School Ready for Summer Learning Through Play $1,000
Chandler Magnet School Helping Young Children’s and Science Minds Grow $543
Elm Park Community School Focusing on Science $980

Further request that the Administration forward congratulatory letters, on behalf of the School Committee, to the principals of the schools that received the grants.

gb #6-113  – Mr. Monfredo
(March 7, 2016)Request that the Administration forward a letter of thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for their generous donation of over 4,000 books for the annual book drive “kick-off” of Worcester: the City that Reads starting on March 20th and ending on May 15th.
gb #6-114  –   Administration
(March 8, 2016)To accept a donation in the amount of $1,200 from Tufts University for a fitness study involving 3rd & 4th graders at Chandler Magnet School.
gb #6-115  –   Administration
(March 8, 2016)To accept donations from various donors totaling $350 for the Worcester Public Schools CPR Project.
gb #6-116  –   Miss Biancheria
(March 9, 2016)Request that the Administration provide a list of companies and community groups that are currently involved in cleanup projects and inquire as to their interest in doing them in Worcester.
gb #6-117  –   Administration
(March 8, 2016)Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employees as School Nurses effective as shown:

McAfee, Shirley, Systemwide, BA, Step 5 $56,000 effective, March 9, 2016, Licensed: School Nurse All Levels

gb #6-118  –   Administration
(March 9, 2016)To accept the SHINE Initiative Grant in the amount of $7,900.
Backup
Annex A (3 pages)
gb #6-119  –   Administration
(March 9, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $144.55 from Target – Take Charge of the Education for Heard Street School.

gb #6-120  –   Administration
(March 9, 2016)

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

XI. ADJOURNMENT

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

“The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609, 508-799-3020.”
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