School Committee Agenda #25 – December 6, 2018

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

AGENDA #25 December 6, 2018 School Committee

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, December 6, 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 Richard Trainor

Blessed Sacrament Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #8-22  – Clerk

(November 26, 2018)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Annex A (10 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #8-327.1  – Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Comparetto/

Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty/

Miss Biancheria

(November 7, 2018)

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 #8-331.1  – Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/

Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty/Miss McCullough

(November 19, 2018)

To recognize Anna Maria College, with gratitude and appreciation, for its “OpporTUNEity” program, which offers to the students of Lincoln Street School specialized instruction in choral singing and piano, as well as music therapy, under the direction of the College’s music students.

gb #8-344  –  Administration

(November 19, 2018)

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

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

 

c&p #8-1  – Clerk

(November 19, 2018)

To consider a communication from the EAW regarding support of a proposed resolution to fully fund the Foundation Budget.

Annex A (2 pages)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
 

 

The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 410 of the Durkin Administration Building. Annex A (6 pages)
IX. PERSONNEL
8-46

 

8-46    The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Campbell, Lisa Ann, Teacher, Elementary, Grafton Street, BA, Step 1, $46,894 effective November 19, 2018.  Licensed: Elementary 1-6. *

Dellogono, Erica, Speech Language Pathologist, Systemwide, MA, Step 1, $53,048 effective October 22, 2018.  Licensed: Speech, Language & Hearing Disorders – all levels. *

Eastman, Emily Serson, Teacher, Vocational, Worcester Technical, VL4, Step 3, $60,671 effective November 13, 2018.  License pending: Animal Science 9-14. *

Giacomuzzi, Judith, Teacher, Special Education, North High, MA, Step 8, $75,218 effective October 17, 2018. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 5-12. *

Goodell, Carly, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Quinsigamond, BA +15, Step 2, $51,842 effective October 22, 2018. Licensed: English as a Second Language Prek-6. *

Happy, Caryn, Teacher, Foreign Language – Spanish, South High, MA, Step 8, $75,218, effective October 29, 2018.  Licensed: Foreign Language – Spanish 5-12.

Herman, Katelyn, School Adjustment Counselor, Systemwide, MA, Step 5, $64,426 effective November 19, 2018. Licensed: School Adjustment Counselor – all levels. *

LeBlanc, Jill, Teacher, Special Education, North, BA +15, Step 3, $55,536 effective October 15, 2018. License pending: Severe Disabilities – all levels. *

L’Ecuyer, Katherine, School Adjustment Counselor, Systemwide, MA, Step 8, $75,218 effective October 22, 2018. Licensed: School Adjustment Counselor – all levels. *

Peltier, Susan, Teacher, Special Education, Goddard, MA +30, Step 8, $78,491 effective November 19, 2018. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8. *

Potenti, Cherise, Guidance Counselor, South, CAGS, Step 1, $58,369 effective October 15, 2018. Licensed: School Guidance Counselor 5-12. *

Ricciardi, Lani, Teacher, Vocational, Worcester Technical, VL4, Step 1, $54,414 effective November 1, 2018. Licensed: Cosmetology 9-14. *

Russo, Jordan, Teacher, Elementary, Grafton Street, BA, Step 1, $46,894 effective October 29, 2018. Licensed: Elementary 1-6. *

Shea, Jonathan, Teacher, English, Worcester East Middle, BA, Step 1, $46,894 effective October 29, 2018. Licensed: English 5-8. *

Symolon, Melissa, School Adjustment Counselor, Systemwide, MA, Step 2, $55,607 effective October 15, 2018. Licensed: School Adjustment Counselor – all levels. *

Thomas, Carolyn, Teacher, Elementary, Rice Square, MA, Step 9, $79,908 effective October 9, 2018. Licensed: Elementary 1-6. *

Tiley, Elizabeth, Coordinator, Night Life – WTHS, $85,000 effective November 13, 2018.

8-47 8-47  The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:

Espinoza, Antonio, Teacher, Mathematics, Claremont Academy, effective November 14, 2018.

Lord IV, Andrew, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Woodland Academy, effective October 22, 2018.

Powers, Maria, Teacher, Special Education, Goddard, effective October 19, 2018.

Putnam, Melanie, Teacher, Health, North, effective November 24, 2018.

8-48 8-48    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the person named below:

Yonika, Lee, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, effective October 31, 2018.

8-49 8-49    The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below:

Jenness, Rosemarie, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Wawecus, effective October 26, 2018, – January 1, 2019.

8-50 8-48    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Substitute Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $13.73 per hour, from Civil Service List #318-058, effective as shown:

Charbonneau, Karen                     11/07/18

Commey-Okai, Betty                    11/07/18

Ells, Michael                                11/07/18

Felch, Michelle                             11/07/18

Graham-Oliver, Karen                   11/07/18

Griffiths, Ann                              11/07/18

Henriquez, Blanca                        11/13/18

Kaur, Parminder                          11/07/18

Mazeika, Michelle                         11/07/18

Melendez, Gloria                          11/13/18

Melendez, Janari                          11/07/18

Mellanson, Joan                           11/07/18

Rivera, Solmari                            11/07/18

Spellane, Estefania                       11/07/18

8-51 8-50    The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $21.97 (minimum) to $26.47 per hour (maximum) effective as shown:

Kellysawyer, Tancy                      10/29/18

Muniz, Isabel                               10/22/18

Murray, Suzanne                         09/18/18

Sheils, Jennifer                            11/13/18

8-52 8-51    The Superintendent has provisionally APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $16.06 (minimum) to $20.44 (maximum), per hour, effective as shown:

O’Brien, James                            11/13/18

8-53 8-52    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to the position of Aide to the Physically Handicapped, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $16.38 (minimum) to $20.18 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #318-053, effective as follows:

Gaines, Allison                             11/07/18

8-54 8-53    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of School Bus Attendant, permanent at a salary of $15.60 minimum per hour to $17.38 maximum per hour, from Civil Service List #318-054, effective as follows:

Hernandez, Dionilda                      11/07/18

Juarez, Iris                                 11/26/18

8-55 8-54    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Driver Full Size School Bus, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $22.00 per hour, from Civil Service List #318-056, effective as follows:

Goff, Lisa                                   11/05/18

Lucier, Cheryl                              11/16/18

X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #8-109.1  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/

Mr. O’Connell

(November 15, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the former Worcester Public Schools’ cohort.

Backup (1 page)
gb #8-111.1  –      Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/

Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(November 16, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request for a report as to any additional funding which will be available to the Worcester Public Schools under the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” including, but not limited to, Title I, Title IV, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, Special Education grants, the Child Care Development Block Grant, Head Start, and Preschool Development grants, and as to plans to allocate such funds.

 

Backup (1 page)
gb #8-112.1  –      Administration/Mr. O’Connell/   Miss Biancheria/

Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(November 16, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to submit an application for a grant from the Education Innovation and Research Program (“EIR”), established under the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” for innovative practices at the school district level, ideally with an emphasis on STEM initiatives.

Backup (1 page)
gb #8-113.1  –      Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/

Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo

(November 16, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the request to submit an application for any appropriate funding opportunities that materialize under the new STOP School Violence Act, enacted under the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” which will be available for violence prevention, anonymous reporting systems, and such upgrades as “metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures.”

Backup (1 page)
gb #8-123.6  –      Administration/Mr. O’Connell

(October 22, 2018)

Response of the Administration to the requests to:

– publicize the reduced ticket prices for games at both the Senior Center and at Foley Stadium.
(500122-92000 Athletics Ordinary Maintenance)

– provide recommendations for the FY20 Budget and for the remainder of FY19 as to additional teams that could be established, based on available resources and on student interest.
(500-91116 Athletic Coach Salaries)

Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-332  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(October 31, 2018)

Request that the School Committee forward the enclosed Resolution to the local legislators, House Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Spilka and to Governor Baker urging them to pass the Foundation Budget and join in with the fourteen other districts that have passed a similar resolution.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-345  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/

Mayor Petty

(November 8, 2018)

To forward letters of congratulations to the following members of the South High Community School High School Quiz Team and their coaches Kitren Farrell and Kayla Avellino for being the only Central Massachusetts team of the 16 teams to qualify for the next step of competition in the WGBH Television Quiz Show.

Jacob Boatright                   Julio Morales-Mena

Mauricio Tejeda Davila        Galen Greenwald

Samuel Posner                    Jessica Clivio

gb #8-346  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(November 9, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the new Civics Bill filed by State Senator Harriette Chandler and indicate the impact of it on current and future students.

gb #8-347  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

Mayor Petty

(November 16, 2018)

To forward letters of congratulations to the following schools for receiving WEDF Fall Mini Grants.

Chandler Magnet School City Learning, Country Learning $500
Columbus Park Preparatory Academy What a Character $500
Doherty Memorial High School Dose of Fiber Arts $473
Elm Park Community School Hands On, Minds On: Nature $500
Lake View School Opera Meets Lake View School $500
May Street School The Magic of Science $500
Midland Street School Creating a Living Classroom Museum $500
Sullivan Middle School The Choices You Make $188
Woodland Academy Mixed Media Soundscapes & Test $385
Woodland Academy Visual Thinking Strategies $465
Woodland Academy Get Fit at Woodland Academy $500
Worcester Arts Magnet A World of Color $452
Worcester Arts Magnet Taking Art to the Next Level $155
Worcester East Middle Sowing Seeds $498
gb #8-348  – Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell

(November 16, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide information on whether all schools send out monthly newsletters and indicate whether they can be placed online as suggested by the CPPAC.

gb #8-349  – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo

(November 19, 2018)

To develop and maintain a list of e-mail addresses of parents/guardians, who are willing to furnish them to the Worcester Public Schools, and to utilize the list to disseminate school newsletters and other pertinent information to them.

gb #8-350  – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo

(November 19, 2018)

To develop and implement a system of online grading which would be accessible to parents/guardians and appropriate staff members.

gb #8-351  – Administration

(November 19, 2018)

To amend the Policy Manual by deleting IHBG – Home Schooling Policy and replacing it with the Home Schooling Policy as contained in the Student Handbook.

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

gb #8-352  – Administration

(November 19, 2018)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment to the Madison Security Group in the amount of $680.00 for services rendered in FY18.

gb #8-353  – Administration

(November 19, 2018)

To accept the STARS Residences FY19 Columbus Park Preparatory Academy Grant in the amount of $5,000.00.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-354  – Administration

(November 19, 2018)

To consider approval of the following donations:

–          $250.00 from WEDF to Canterbury Street Magnet School

–          $1,000.00 from Re-Elect McGovern Committee to Canterbury Street Magnet School

–          $500.00 from New England Dairy & Food Council to South High Community School

–          $500.00 from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to Tatnuck Magnet School

–          $125.00 from College of the Holy Cross to Woodland Academy

–          $1,000.00 from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to WTHS

–          $100.00 from Hanioti Licensee Inc./DQ Grill & Chill to Belmont Street Community School

–          $95.00 from Nicole Webley-Roberts to Tatnuck Magnet School

gb #8-355  – Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/

Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty

(November 24, 2018)

To set a date to recognize the following North High School JROTC members for their heroism by saving the lives of children and adults during a recent fire in the City of Worcester:

–             Jordan Parker

–             Abderrahman Sebbai

–             Raesean Goodney

–             Marquis Bell

gb #8-356  – Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/

Mr. O’Connell

(November 26, 2018)

Request that the Administration explore the feasibility of implementing the Orton-Gillingham model for dyslexic students for those students in need of specific services.

gb #8-357  –  Mr. Comparetto/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/

Mr. O’Connell

(November 28, 2018)

Request that the Administration consider replicating the Positive Directions Program at each of the middle and high schools.

gb #8-358  –  Executive Session (Administration)

(November 28, 2018)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and to conduct collective bargaining regarding Grievance #17/18-27.

X.. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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