School Committee Agenda #22 October 18, 2018

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, October 18, 2018
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 Sarah Stewart
First Unitarian Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #8-18 – Clerk
(October 9, 2018)To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 4, 2018.
 

Annex A (37 pages)

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
gb #8-291.1 – Miss Biancheria
(October 4, 2018)To reconsider the vote of the School Committee that was taken at the October 4, 2018 meeting to refer the following item to the Standing Committee on Finance and Operations.Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell (September 26, 2018)Request that the Administration provide a report on the availability of snow removal equipment for individual school sites or available for school use to include snow blowers and plow trucks.
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #8-297 – Administration
(October 9, 2018)To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT – NONE
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE – NONE
IX. PERSONNEL – NONE
X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #8-284 – Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(September 24, 2018)Request that the Administration provide an update on the ALICE training to include resources and materials that are part of the program such as “I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared.”
gb #8-298 – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. O’Connell
(September 26, 2018)Request that the Administration provide a report on the teaching of cursive writing in the schools.
gb #8-299 – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(September 26, 2018)To set a date to recognize the University of Massachusetts Medical School for its donation of twenty-seven “micro-grants” to teachers of the Worcester Public Schools.
gb #8-300 – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(September 27, 2018)To set a date to congratulate the Francis J. McGrath Elementary and Wawecus Road schools for their recognition by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for high achievement, high growth, or significantly exceeding their targets on the Spring 2018 administration of the MCAS.
gb #8-301 – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(October 2, 2018)Request that the Administration provide an update on the education plan approval process for homeschooled children and specify when the process will be completed for the current academic year, including an update on plans to expedite the process to assure its rapid and efficient completion for 2019-20.
gb #8-302 – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
(October 2, 2018)To forward letters of recognition to:-WEDF for supporting the staff of the Worcester Public Schools with twelve competitive mini grants with a value of $500.00 each and urge the Administration to encourage teachers to apply for these grants.-the following students who were selected by the Hispanic Achieving and Celebrating Excellence Committee (H.A.C.E.) who received a $300.00 scholarship each to pursue their goal of higher education:

Academics:

Diego Alonso South High Community School

Oscar Amparo Claremont Academy

Bryan Escobar Worcester Technical High School

Marleen Nunez Worcester Technical High School

John Pena North High School

Jenely Rosario University Park Campus School

Ana-Sofia Sarmiento South High Community School

Daris Soto Doherty Memorial High School

Arts:

Darylis Alvarez-Figueroa University Park Campus School

Jessica Bigio Morales North High School

Antonio Calderon Claremont Academy

Andy Jimenez South High Community School

Maria-Simone Sarmiento Burncoat High School

Fatima Sinecio Doherty Memorial High School

Leadership:

Melanie Aguilar Claremont Academy

Net Andino South High Community School

Itzelanie Chacon Worcester Technical High School

Bruna Matias Doherty Memorial High School

Jaquelyn Morales University Park Campus School

Joanelys Pabon North High School

Ricardo Ponce University Park Campus School

Sofia Vallejo Burncoat High School

Athletics:

Benjamin Alvarado South High Community School

Alexis Batista North High School

Paolo Bustos Burncoat High School

Edriran Mendez Claremont Academy

Erick Orellana Doherty Memorial High School

gb #8-303 – Administration
(October 2, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $200.00 to the Educational Development Center (EDC) Learning Transforming Lives for the 2018 Urban Collaborative Spring Meeting Registration.
gb #8-304 – Administration
(October 2, 2018)To accept the Skills Capital Grant in the amount of $495, 575.00.
 

Annex A (2 pages)

gb #8-305 – Administration
(October 9, 2018)To accept the Barr Grant in the amount of $150,000.00.
 

Annex A (2 pages)

gb #8-306 – Administration
(October 9, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment to the Taft Education Center in the amount of $1,150.00 for services rendered in FY18.
gb #8-307 – Administration
(October 9, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the amount of $310.00 for services rendered in FY18.
gb #8-308 – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(October 10, 2018)To set a date to recognize the board of the “Support Our Fine Arts” (SOFA) program for its generous donation of $8,052 in mini-grants to staff members of the Burncoat quadrant, during the Spring of 2018, and to forward letters to the recipients of the mini-grants.
gb #8-309 – Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 10, 2018)Request that the Administration interact with the City Manager and City Solicitor to make certain that all City of Worcester employees are fully informed about the State’s guidelines regarding appointed and public employees’ public participation in political fundraising efforts and endorsements.
gb #8-310 – Mr. Comparetto/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 10, 2018)Request that the Administration provide a report regarding costs to the City of Worcester to administer high stake standardized testing to the students of the Worcester Public Schools.
gb #8-311 – Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 10, 2018)Request that the Administration provide a report on the In Force Technology (IFT) 911 Software program that allows teachers and other staff members to contact 911 directly in case of emergency.
gb #8-312 – Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 10, 2018)Request that the Administration provide a report on the work accomplished in the field of environmental management which have resulted in improvements in the schools and include the number of employees who work on such projects.
gb #8-313 – Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
(October 10, 2018)Request that the Administration forward letters of thanks and appreciation to the organizers of the Columbus Day parade who coordinated the participation and performances of the following:- South High Community School Marching Band(1st Place – Marching Band Category)

– South High Community School JROTC

(1st Place – Color Guard/Drill Teams)

– North High School JROTC

(2nd Place – Color Guard/Drill Teams)

gb #8-314– Executive Session (Administration
(October 10, 2018)To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Plumbers and Steamfitters – IUPE, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Tradesmen – IUPE, 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
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