School Committee Agenda #23 – November 1, 2018

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

AGENDA #23 School Committee

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday November 1, 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 Shaniari Mawokomatanda
Wesley Methodist Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #8-20  – Clerk
(October 23, 2018)To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 18, 2018.
 Annex A (13 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
 gb #8-299.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/
Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty(October 23, 2018)To recognize the University of Massachusetts Medical School for its donation of twenty-seven “micro-grants” to teachers of the Worcester Public Schools.
gb #8-300.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/
Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(October 23, 2018)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 #8-308.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/
Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(October 23, 2018)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 #8-315  –  Administration
(October 23, 2018)To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ROS #8-13  –   Administration
(October 23, 2018)2017-18 ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
 Annex A (16 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE – NONE
IX. PERSONNEL
8-45  To review for informational purposes the Job Descriptions for:
Assistant Director of Finance and Operations for Nutrition.
Marketing, Communication, Initiative and Outreach Coordinator.
X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #8-123.5  – Administration/Miss Biancheria
(October 22, 2018)Response of the Administration to the request to provide the FY19 Budget allocation for the Perkins Grant.
 Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-301.1  – Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/
Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(October 2, 2018)Response of the Administration to the request to 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.
 Annex A (11 pages)
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.
 Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-316  – Administration
(October 10, 2018)To forward a letter of congratulations to Elm Park Community School for exiting from Level 4 status.
gb #8-317 –   Administration
(October 10, 2018)To consider approval of the following donations:

–      $1381.09 to Worcester Arts Magnet School from the Parent Teacher Group for the purchase of a new water fountain

–      $1090.00 to Tatnuck Magnet School from various donors through fundraising efforts

–      $2500.00 to the Worcester Public Schools from DonorsChoose.org

gb #8-318  –  Administration
(October 12, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $7,724.18 to Wheelabator Millbury, Inc.
gb #8-319  –  Administration
(October 12, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $238.39 to Home Depot Credit Services.
gb #8-320  –  Administration
(October 12, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $241.65 to Northeast Electrical Distributors.
gb #8-321  –  Administration
(October 12, 2018)To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $172.50 to Signet Electronic Systems, Inc.
gb #8-322  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 15, 2018)Request that the Administration consider the feasibility of developing a policy regarding the amount of time for lunches, especially at the elementary level.
gb #8-323  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 15, 2018)Request that the Administration review IT policies regarding password creation and information that is shared both within the system and outside the Worcester Public Schools to insure it is utilizing appropriate safety and security measures.
gb #8-324  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(October 16, 2018)To review the Worcester Public Schools Recess Policy to insure that it is being adhered to districtwide.
gb #8-325  –  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(October 17, 2018)To consider acquisition of modular classrooms for Burncoat Street Preparatory School, to alleviate the impact of overcrowding and congestion at the school.
gb #8-326  –  Administration
(October 22, 2018)To accept the Project HERE Substance Use Prevention Curriculum Grant in the amount of $25,000.00.
 Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-327  –  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty
(October 22, 2018)To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the donation of $25,000.00 by the Worcester Rotary Club for the construction and installation of the new playground at Canterbury Street Magnet Computer Based School.
gb #8-328  –  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
(October 24, 2018)To forward a letter of congratulations to Drew Weymouth, Director of Innovation Pathways, and the staff for a very successful ribbon cutting ceremony which will expand career field exploration through technical education at Worcester Technical High School.
gb #8-329–  Executive Session (Administration)
(October 24, 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.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Aides to the Physically Handicapped and Monitors, 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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