CLERK OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20 IRVING STREET
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS 01609
|The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:|
|on:||Thursday, December 15, 2016|
6:00 p.m. – Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
|in the:||Esther Howland, South Chamber at City Hall|
ORDER OF BUSINESS
|I.||CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING|
|INVOCATION – Reverend Clyde Talley
Belmont AME Zion Church
|PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM|
|III.||APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #6-27 – Clerk
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 1, 2016.
|Annex A (10 pages)|
|IV.||MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION- NONE|
gb #6-406 – Administration
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
|VI.||REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ros #6-15 – Administration
PRE-SCHOOL EXPANSION PLAN
|Annex A (2 pages)
Annex B (23 pages)
|VII.||COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE|
|VIII.||REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:34 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
|The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.|
The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below effective as shown:
Noone, Barbara, Teacher, Elementary, Tatnuck Magnet School, effective November 30, 2016
|6-52||The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below effective as shown:
Beaudoin, Paul, Teacher, Music, Worcester East Middle School, Doc, Step 8, $83,311 effective November 23, 2016. Licensed: Music All levels.
Blake, Tara, Teacher, Special Education, Goddard School of Science and Technology, BA, Step 2, $47,522 plus alternative stipend $4,506 effective December 5, 2016. Waiver in Severe Disabilities – all levels.
Collins, Eileen, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective December 5, 2016. Licensed English as a Second Language Prek-6.
Kennedy, Amy, Teacher, Elementary, Tatnuck Magnet School, CAGS/2MA, Step 9, $82,124 effective November 28, 2016. Licensed: Early Childhood with and without Disabilities Prek-3.
Maher, Stephanie, Teacher, Elementary, Elm Park Community School, BA, Step 1, $45,064 + extended day stipend, effective November 28, 2016. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
gb #6-399.1 – Administration/Mr. O’Connell
Response of the Administration to the request to provide the salary schedules for both the two non-represented confidential principal clerks and the two non-represented confidential head clerks to align with the represented 52 Week Administrative Secretaries.
|Annex A (2 pages)|
|gb #6-407 – Administration
(November 28, 2016)To accept the following donations in the total amount of $1,700 for the Goddard Scholars Academy:
$500.00 from Susan & Seth Popinchalk
|gb #6-408 – Mr. Monfredo
(November 28, 2016)Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to S.O.F.A (Save our Fine Arts) – Worcester Arts Magnet School, Burncoat Middle School, and Burncoat High School for the sponsorship of (“Fame”, the Fine Arts Magnet Extravaganza) held in the Friel Memorial Auditorium at Burncoat Middle School and thank the students and staff who participated in this outstanding event.
|gb #6-409 Mr. O’Connell
(November 28, 2016)To establish a process for consultation by the Superintendent with the School Committee as to school improvement plans, as mandated by Chapter 255 of the Acts of 2016.
|gb #6-410 – Miss Biancheria
(December 1, 2016)Request that the Administration provide the following information regarding the evaluations of principals:
|gb #6-411 – Miss Biancheria
(December 1, 2016)Request that the Administration develop a process to address the issues of older school buildings to include examinations of:
|gb #6-412 – Ms. Colorio
(December 5, 2016)Request that the Administration renew the licenses of all administrators and teachers working in the Worcester Public Schools using the new data base tool from DESE
|gb #6-413 – Ms. Colorio
(December 5, 2016)Request that the Administration send out a robo call informing parents of the availability of an educational alternative, if needed, at the Rockdale Recovery School for students struggling with drugs and alcohol addiction.
|gb #6-414 – Ms. Colorio
(December 5, 2016)Request that the Administration send a robo call informing parents of the Worcester Opiate Educational Forum, sponsored by the Worcester District Attorney’s Opiate Educational Task Force, which will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Worcester Technical High School.
|gb #6-415 – Administration
(December 7, 2016)To approve payment of a prior year contractual reimbursement in the amount of $125.00 for a bus driver’s physical and certificate.
|gb #6-416 – Administration
(December 7, 2016)To authorize the Superintendent to enter into contracts of up to twenty years for the purchase of electricity through net metering energy credits.
|gb #6-417 – Administration
(December 7, 2016)To approve prior year invoices totaling $74,967.76 for special education transportation services.
|gb #6-418 – Administration
(December 7, 2016)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 #6-9To 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.
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.
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.
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. – Lyons vs. The Worcester Public Schools, et al.
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.