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School Committee Agenda #4 – March 5, 2015

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

AGENDA #4

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, March 5, 2015
at: 6:00 p.m. – Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in: Council Chamber, City Hall

ORDER OF BUSINESS

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  –  REGULAR MEETING
INVOCATION  – Reverend Dimitrios Moraitis
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS – NONE
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #5-22.1  – Administration/Mayor Petty/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/Miss Ramirez/Miss Biancheria
(January 30, 2015)To recognize the recipients of the Posse Foundation full four-year college scholarships as follows:

Student High School College/University
Kwaku Amponsah Claremont Academy Bucknell University
Alex Black Doherty Memorial High School Hamilton College
Nancy Lopez Ramirez North High School Union College
Vanna Tran University Park Campus School Denison University
Sha-Asia Taylor Worcester Technical High School Bucknell University
gb #5-57 –  Administration
(February 10, 2015)To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #5-2  –  Administration
(February 25, 2015)

PRELIMINARY FY16 BUDGET ESTIMATES

Annex A (31 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION

c&p #5-3  –   Clerk
(February 23, 2015)

To consider a communication from the EAW to discuss the Massachusetts Law regarding fingerprinting.

Annex A (1 page)
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE – NONE
IX. PERSONNEL – NONE
X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #4-257.1  –   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(February 19, 2015)Response of the Administration to the request to report as to programs held in the Worcester Public Schools in recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17), as is mandated for “each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year.”
Annex A (6 pages)
gb #4-289.3 – Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
(February 20, 2015)Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the funds transferred from the City to the Worcester Public Schools under CSX, the dollar amount and how the funds have been appropriated.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #5-11.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/Miss Ramirez/Miss Biancheria
(February 20, 2015)Response of the Administration to the request to encourage students in grades 7 through 12 in the Worcester Public Schools to participate in the 25th annual Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference at St. John’s High School.
Backup
gb #5-58  –  Administration
(February 7, 2015)To review the reports on compliance and internal controls for the City of Worcester, including the Worcester Public Schools, from the Certified Public Accounting firm of CliftonLarsenAllen, LLP for the year ended June 30, 2014 which include the GAO and OMB A-133 Reports and the Management Letter and Independent Accountants’ Report on Applying Agreed Upon Procedures for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education End of Year Financial Report for fiscal year 2013, prepared by Robert C. Alario, CPA,  P.C.
gb #5-59  –   Mr. Monfredo
(February 7, 2015)To forward letters of congratulations to the following students for being selected the winners in the Worcester Historical Museum’s “Be Our Valentine” contest:

Historic Contemporary Verse Masters
Grade 3
Riley Driscoll
Worcester Arts Magnet SchoolGrade 4
Dana Abdulameer
City View SchoolGrade 5
Glory Tran
Clark Street SchoolGrade 6
Francine Ntunzwenimana
City View School
Grade 3
Isaiah Ruiz
McGrath Elementary SchoolGrade 4
Lauren Popinchalk
Worcester Arts Magnet SchoolGrade 5
Shy Colon
Belmont Street SchoolGrade 6
Jadiana Bahnan
Lincoln Street School
Grade 3
Sofia Libuda
Worcester Arts Magnet SchoolGrade 4
Grace Zereski
Thorndyke Road School
Grade 4
Historic
Carlitos Molina Worcester Arts Magnet SchoolContemporary
Nolan Farrell
Worcester Arts Magnet School
gb #5-60  –    Ms. Novick
(February 25, 2015)To recognize the Worcester Public Schools for being a second time recipient of the Meritorious Budget Award provided by the Association of School Business Officials International.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #5-61  –     Ms. Novick
(February 25, 2015)Request Administration share with parents the specific dates their children will be taking the MCAS or PARCC exam (for all sessions).
gb #5-62  –     Ms. Novick
(February 25, 2015)Request Administration report on the impact of changes to vocational school regulations, passed by the Board of Education on February 24, 2015, to Worcester Technical High School, particularly with regard to admissions.
gb #5-63  –     Administration
(February 25, 2015)To accept a donation in the amount of $45.05 from Target’s Take Charge of Education Program for the Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School.
gb #5-64  –     Administration
(February 25, 2015)To authorize the Administration, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30b, Section 12, to enter into a ten year agreement with the YMCA of Central Massachusetts – Central Branch for the rental of the gymnasium and parking spaces for Jacob Hiatt Magnet School.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #5-65  –     Miss Biancheria
(February 25, 2015)Request that the Administration provide an update on North High School.
gb #5-66 –  Administration
(February 25, 2015)To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the governmental body, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.
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, 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 Stacey DeBoise Luster, Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609. 508-799-3020.
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