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School Committee Agenda #27 November 3, 2016

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

AGENDA #27

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, November 3, 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 Steven Barrett
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM – Midland Street School Chorus
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #6-24 –   Clerk
(October 26, 2016)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 20, 2016.

 Annex A (20 pages)
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #6-361  –   Administration
(October 24, 2016)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #6-9  –   Administration
(October 25, 2016)

SUPERINTENDENT’S ENTRY PLAN AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Annex A (1 page)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
IX.

 

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PERSONNEL

The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the following persons named below:

Kett, Karen, Teacher, Elementary, Worcester Technical High School, effective October 16, 2016.Jennings, Robert, Coordinator, Wraparound, Systemwide, effective October 23, 2016

6-43 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below, effective as shown:

Bernier, Elissa, Teacher, Elementary, Rice Square School, BA, Step 3, $51,077, effective October 24, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.

Brewer, John, Teacher, Special Education, MA+15, Step 4, $60,227+$4,506 (prorated), effective October 18, 2016. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-12.

Clark, Nathaniel, Teacher, Mathematics, MA, Step 4, $59,449, effective October 19, 2016. Licensed: Mathematics 5-12.

Esqueda, Araceli, Teacher, Elementary/Dual Language, Roosevelt School, BA, Step 8, $66,369, effective October 17, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6, Waiver: ESL Prek-8.

MacConnell, Daniel, Teacher, Special Education, Claremont Academy, MA, Step 9, $76,790, effective October 20, 2016. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.

X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #6-153.5  –   Administration/Ms. Colorio
(October 24, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the following motion:Request that the Administration provide a report comparing what Day by Day Substitute Teachers are paid in Worcester as compared to the towns.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #6-251.1  –   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(October 24, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to review the technology capabilities of the Worcester schools, to determine whether they are equipped to implement the computer-based MCAS testing regimen in grades four and eight during the 2016-2017 academic year, as to number of computers available, internet bandwidth, and device compatibility, without significantly impeding computer-based instruction during the weeks of testing.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #6-362  –   Administration
(October 19, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $126.00 from sales of the Columbus Day Raffle at Tatnuck Magnet School.

gb #6-363  –   Administration
(October 19, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $2,500.00 from Jeffrey Arnett & Lene Jensen for the Goddard Scholars Academy.

gb #6-364  –   Administration
(October 19, 2016)

To accept a donation in the amount of $445.39 from Lifetouch for Chandler Magnet School.

gb #6-365  –   Administration
(October 19, 2016)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment to Tufts Medical Center in the amount of $1,017.56 for an educational and cognitive evaluation of a student in May 2016.

gb #6-366  –   Mayor Petty
(October 20, 2016)

To discuss the process for the evaluation of the Superintendent of Schools.

Annex A (4 pages)
Annex B (1 page)
Annex C (20 pages)
Annex D (2 pages)
gb #6-367  –   Mayor Petty
(October 20, 2016)

To set a date to recognize Tatnuck Magnet and Chandler Elementary Community schools for being recognized by the state for their progress.

gb #6-368  –   Miss Biancheria
(October 20, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the progress made regarding neighborhood issues relative to driveways, grounds and wall repair at Lake View School.

gb #6-369  –   Mr. Monfredo
(October 24, 2016)

To forward letters of congratulations to North High School and Claremont Academy for their successful programs on “Restorative Justice,” a successful program which has made a positive impact on the schools.

gb #6-370  –   Administration
(October 25, 2016)

To approve payment of prior year invoices in the total amount of $26,460.

New England Association of Schools & Colleges

Annual Dues 2015-2016

Burncoat High School $3,730.00
Claremont Academy $3,325.00
Doherty Memorial High School $4,085.00
North High School $3,910.00
South High Community School $3,910.00
University Park Campus School $3,120.00
Worcester Technical High School $4,380.00
gb #6-371  –   Administration
(October 25, 2016)

To approve payment of prior year invoices in the amount of $2,885.40.

gb #6-372  –   Administration
(October 25, 2016)

To consider approval of a prior fiscal year payment in the total amount of $29,365.63 for services rendered by Lighthouse School, Inc. to a student for a Comprehensive Services Program from September 2015 through May 2016.

gb #6-373  –   Miss Biancheria
(October 26, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report indicating how parents and students will be informed about the new Worcester Public Schools’ Substance Use Prevention and Abuse Education Policy.

 gb #6-374  –   Administration
(October 26, 2016)

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Teachers and Unit B, 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 Instructional Assistants, 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 Administrative Secretaries, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining and litigation position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to litigation and strategy for collective bargaining for a denial of access.

c&p #6-9

To consider a communication from a citizen relative to a request that the School Committee drop its Court Appeal and allow for testing for PCBs at Burncoat High and Doherty Memorial High schools.

gb #6-332

Request that the Administration drop the appeal and allow PCB testing at Burncoat High School and Doherty Memorial High School this school year and do what is necessary to correct the problem.

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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