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School Committee Agenda #13 – April 7, 2016

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

AGENDA #13

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, April 7, 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 – Pastor Jarrett Allebach
Grace Presbyterian Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #6-7 –  Clerk
(March 16, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Annex A (8 pages)
aor #6-8 –   Clerk
(March 16, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Monday, March 7, 2016.

Annex A (2 pages)
aor #6-9 –  Clerk
(March 16, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Monday, March 14, 2016.

Annex A (3 pages)
aor #6-10 –  Clerk
(March 23, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Annex A (11 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #6-74.1  –  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
(March 25, 2016)

To recognize Ivonne Perez, Principal of Chandler Magnet School, for receiving the Dr. Stephen Mills award from the Worcester Educational Foundation for supporting its mission of “helping students and teachers thrive.”

gb #6-86.1  –  Administration/Miss McCullough/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
(March 25, 2016)

To recognize the following winners of the Worcester Technical High School Tech Fair 2016 and its Coordinator, Jocelyn Coughlin:1ST Place

Plumbing and Pipe fitting Soamy Morales
Xavier Sotomayor
Tyler DaSilva
Pathogen Growth in Different Types of Pipes

2ND Place

Environmental Tech Angel Shenette
Tehya Casey
You’re Safe, but is the Water- Testing the Health of Bodies of Water

3RD Place

Welding & Metal Julian Damik
Stephanie Delgado
Heidi O’Connor
Virtual Welding vs. Real Life Welding

 

 

4TH Place

Biotech Melany Acosta
Tatiana Beckford
Jahlyn Hampton
Adja Sackor
Can Worcester Support Microbial Growth in Water

5TH Place

Programming and Web Development Kendrick Henriquez
Aaron Ofosuhene
Cross Platform Development

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

Allied Health Sophia Avril
Emilee Avril
The Relationship of Your Dominant Hand and Eating
Allied Health Hoang Vo
Casey Colon
Nail Polish at a Price
Painting and Design Shanna Harden
Yvonne Bui
Testing Mixtures of Oil Based and Water Based Paints
gb #6-123 –    Administration
(March 25, 2016)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #6-4  –   Administration
(March 28, 2016)

FY17 SCHOOL COMMITTEE BUDGET PRIORITY SESSION

Annex A (1 page)
Annex B (12 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION

c&p #6-3  –  Clerk
(March 25, 2016)

To consider a communication from a citizen regarding possible revisions to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester Police Department.

Annex A (2 pages)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  –  NONE
 IX.

 

6-13

PERSONNEL

The Interim Superintendent ACKNOWLEDGES the RESIGNATION of the person named below:

Ansdell, Nicola, Teacher, Elementary, Woodland effective March 11, 2016.

6-14 The Interim Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below:

Blanchard, Stefanie, Teacher, Special Education, Roosevelt, MA, Step 4, $59,449, effective March 7, 2016.

X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #6-124  –   Administration
(March 17, 2016)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment as a cost share in the amount of $3,536 for McKinney Vento transportation services for a student attending another school district.

gb #6-125  –   Ms. Colorio
(March 18, 2016)

To consider expansion of the Goddard Scholars Program to another comprehensive high school.

 gb #6-126  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 18, 2016)

To set a date to recognize Jeff Lane, Judy Millot and the students at Worcester Technical High School for their fundraising efforts for Tedy’s Team to benefit the American Heart/American Stroke Association for Heart Month.

 gb #6-127  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 21, 2016)

To acknowledge National Secretaries Day (April 24) by sending an e-mail to all WPS secretaries, on behalf of the School Committee, in appreciation for their hard work.

 gb #6-128  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 21, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider implementing an advanced academy, based on the Goddard Academy model, at Burncoat Middle School for grade 7 students in either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic year which can be expanded to grade 8.

gb #6-129  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 21, 2016)

Request that the Administration establish an Early Learning Committee comprised of kindergarten teachers, grade one teachers and Administrators to consider the following:

  •  gradually advancing 4 year old students yearly, based on readiness skills
  •  consider a K-1 two year kindergarten program for 4 year old children
  •  consider seeking support from the Legislative Delegation for full day pre-school program
gb #6-130  –   Mr. Monfredo
(March 28, 2016)To set a date to recognize Margaret Bondar, Principal and staff members of Lake View School for receiving a MA Commendation Schools/MA Blue Ribbon School Grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the amount of $15,000.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #6-131  –   Administration
(March 29, 2016)To accept the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program in the amount of $347,882.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #6-132  –   Administration
(March 29, 2016)To consider approval of the 2016-17 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.
gb #6-133  –   Administration
(March 29, 2016)To accept a donation from METSO USA, Inc. in the amount of $500 to support the Worcester Technical High School’s Robotics Team.
gb #6-134  –   Administration
(March 29, 2016)To accept a donation from Ann B. Day and Donna Enberg in the amount of $100 to support the CPR Project.
gb #6-135  –   Administration
(March 29, 2016)To accept a donation from the Worcester Educational Development Foundation in the amount of $1,000 to support the CPR Project.
gb #6-136  –   Administration
(March 30, 2016)To accept grants in the total amount of $15,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Lake View School ($8,342) and Rice Square School ($6,658).
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #6-137  –   Administration
(March 9, 2016)Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Grievance #15/16-18.

Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Grievance #15/16-20.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the governmental body to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations.

To discuss strategy in preparation for contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and to conduct negotiations with nonunion personnel – Superintendent-Elect.

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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