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School Committee Agenda #13 – June 4, 2015

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

AGENDA #13

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
at: 4:00 p.m. – Budget Hearing
6:00 p.m. – Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in the: Esther Howland South Chamber, City Hall

ORDER OF BUSINESS

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  –  REGULAR MEETING
INVOCATION – Reverend Gary Shahinian
Park Congregational Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #5-12 – Clerk
(May 26, 2015)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 21, 2015.

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #5-129.1 – Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/Miss Ramirez/Mayor Petty
(May 11, 2015)

To recognize the following schools for having received the EOS Healthy Start Award:

Deborah Catamero, Burncoat Elementary School
Dr. Susan Hodgkins, Belmont Street Community School
Mary Sealey, Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School
Ivonne Perez, Chandler Magnet School
Joany Santa, Elm Park Community School
Kendall Grigg, Goddard School of Science and Technology
Joanna Cackett, Grafton Street School
Dr. Patricia Jordan, Jacob Hiatt Magnet School
Martha Dewar, Lincoln Street School
Paula Gibb-Severin, McGrath Elementary School
Carenza Jackson, Vernon Hill School
Patricia Padilla, Woodland Academy

gb #5-143.1 – Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
(May 26, 2015)

To recognize Belmont Street Community School for receiving the Reading Energizer Award from the Scholastic Book Company and Energizer.

gb #5-147 – Administration
(May 27, 2015)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT – NONE
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION

c&p #5-5 – Clerk
(May 26, 2015)

To consider a communication from the EAW regarding a proposal to adopt a moratorium on high-stakes standardized testing.

Annex A (2 pages)
VIII. REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

The Joint Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Operations and the City Council’s Standing Committee on Education met at 7:08 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

IX.

 

5-20

PERSONNEL

The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $12.69 per hour, from Civil Service List #315-003, effective as shown:

Tenczar, Melissa 4/27/15

5-21 The Superintendent has provisionally appointed the persons named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $14.98 (minimum) to $19.17 (maximum), per hour, effective as shown:

Borbone, Joshua 5/11/15

5-23 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $17.74 hourly (minimum) to $ 21.58 hourly (maximum) from Civil Service List #315-024,
effective as shown:

Zona, Mary 5/13/15
Olivieras, Myria 5/18/15
Roberts, Jo-Anne 5/18/15

X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #5-109.1 – Administration/Administration
(May 27, 2015)

To consider the proposed FY16 Budget.

gb #5-148  –   Mr. Monfredo
(May 14, 2015)

Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following art winners in the Fair Housing Poster Contest:

Xavier Perez Kindergarten Roosevelt School
Elijah Antoine 4th grade Gates Lane School of International Studies
Angeles Mendez-DeLeon 5th grade Woodland Academy
Raymond Lopez 10th grade Worcester Technical High School
Sharleen Feeron 10th grade Worcester Technical High School
Erik Martinez 11th grade Doherty Memorial High School
gb #5-149 – Mr. Monfredo
(May 18, 2015)

To set a date to recognize Cultural LEAP and the WEDF for all they have done for the children of Worcester in engaging our students in cultural learning experiences.

gb #5-150 – Mr. Monfredo
(May 21, 2015)

Request that the Administration review the summer school program and provide a report to include the number of students enrolled, attendance percentage for each school and an evaluation of their educational progress.

gb #5-151 – Mr. Monfredo
(May 21, 2015)

To set a date to recognize the Worcester Bravehearts for their involvement and incentives to promote reading with our students.

gb #5-152 – Administration
(May 27, 2015)

To hold a public hearing on the proposed Innovation Plans for Claremont Academy.

gb #5-153 – Mr. O’Connell
(May 27, 2015)

To set a date to recognize the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust and Roosevelt School for their support of the Worcester Tree Initiative and for their efforts at beautification of the grounds of Roosevelt School.

gb #5-154 – Mr. O’Connell
(May 27, 2015)

To transfer from Account 500-91112, or from such other account as is selected by the administration, sufficient funds to permit the Worcester Public Schools’ crew team to send two crews to Fairfax County, Virginia, to attend the National Schools’ Championship Regatta, sponsored by the National Scholastic Rowing Association, for which they have qualified.

gb #5-155 – Ms. Novick
(May 27, 2015)

Request administration share with staff, parents, and students the dates, times, and locations of the upcoming Board of Education hearings on PARCC and MCAS, as well as contact information for submitting testimony.

Annex A (1 pages)
gb #5-156 – Administration
(May 27, 2015)

To set a date to recognize the Worcester PUblic Schools’ Teacher of the Year and the finalists.

gb #5-157 – Ms. Novick
(May 27, 2015)

Request administration update the School Committee regarding FY15 capital spending, including MSBA reimbursements.

gb #5-158 – Ms. Novick
(May 27, 2015)

Request administration consider appropriate and equitable implementation of the Worcester Public Schools’ student dress code.

gb #5-159 – Administration
(May 27, 2015)

To consider the appointment of a district representative to the Board of Directors to serve on the Central MA Special Education Collaborative.

gb #5-160 – Miss Biancheria
(May 27, 2015)

Request that the Administration provide the number of students that are serviced by adjustment counselors and the number of students serviced by guidance counselors at each high school.

gb #5-161 – Miss Ramirez
(May 27, 2015)

To review and consider advocating for the Worcester Child Development Head Start program by sending a letter to the Worcester legislative delegation in support of funding under the Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments grant, a state funded grant under the Department of Early Education and
Care, which is being reallocated in a way that will result in a significant loss of funds to the Early Childhood programs of the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (5 pages)
gb #5-162 – Administration
(May 27, 2015)

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.

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, 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 Stacey DeBoise Luster, Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609. 508-799-3020.
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