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School Committee Agenda #5 – February 16, 2017

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

AGENDA #5

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, February 16, 2017
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 Brian O’Toole
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #7-5 –  Clerk
(February 8, 2017)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 2, 2017.

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

gb #7-30.1  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty/Miss Biancheria
(February 6, 2017)

To recognize the Student Kindness Ambassadors of South High Community School, and the students and staff of South, Generation On and Hasbro Toys for working together through the Kindness Joy Maker Campaign and otherwise to donate, wrap, tag and distribute holiday season gifts to children of Abby’s House Shelter and the Village Shelter.

gb #7-55  –  Administration
(February 6, 2017)

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

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #7-4  –  Administration
(February 8, 2017)

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

 Annex A (7 pages)
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  –  NONE
VIII. REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

The Joint Standing Committee on Finance and Operations and the City Council’s Standing Committee on Education met at 5:40 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017 in the Levi Lincoln Chamber at City Hall.

Action Sheet
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.  Cancelled meeting
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. Action Sheet
IX.

 

 

7-10

PERSONNEL

The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below effective as shown:

Morse, Jessica, Teacher, Chandler Magnet, Special Education, BA+15, Step 1, $47,360 effective January 30, 2017. Waiver: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.

Nowicki, Stephanie, Teacher, Systemwide, Special Education, MA, Step 1, $50,978 (prorated .4FTE) effective January 30, 2017. Licensed: Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders: All Levels.

Odongo, Paul, Teacher, Burncoat High, Special Education, MA+30, Step 8, $75,428 effective January 25, 2017. Licensed: Severe Disabilities – All Levels.

X. GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #6-153.8  –  Administration/Mr. O’Connell
(January 30, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of crew equipment that would be appropriate for the team to request over the course of the next year with a view to using that list as a means of seeking funds whether it be from the Worcester Foundation or through other opportunities to specifically get what it needs.

 Annex A (3 pages)
gb #6-192.2  – Administration/Miss McCullough/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(February 8, 2017)

Response of the Administration to the request to inform students and staff about the dangers of participating in the “Space Monkey Challenge” in order to educate and protect children from the consequences of this game.

Backup
gb #7-56  – Administration
(January 30, 2017)

To set a date to recognize Saul Ramos, a paraprofessional, who was named the 2016 MTA Education Support Professional of the Year.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #7-57  – Mr. O’Connell
(February 6, 2017)

To congratulate the students whose entries have won awards and recognition in the 2017 Valentine contest of the Worcester Historical Museum.

Historic

Grade 3 Eimy Gabrielle Yoshida Araujo McGrath Elementary School
Grade 4 Kaylee Corrado Lincoln Street School
Grade 5 Cindy Xhija Chandler Magnet Elementary
Grade 6 Isabella Lussier Lake View School

Contemporary

Grade 3 Hennys De La Cruz Chandler Elementary School
Grade 4 Isaac Silva McGrath Elementary School
Grade 5 Nadia Frempong Lake View School
Grade 6 Natalie Windward Belmont Street Community School

Verse

Grade 3 Hope Loizeaux Worcester Arts Magnet School
Grade 4 Jarielis Reyes Columbus Park Preparatory Academy
Grade 5 Alex Cabrera Goddard School of Science and Technology
Grade 6 Adalise Rivera Columbus Park Preparatory Academy

Masters

Grade 5 Contemporary Riley Driscoll Worcester Arts Magnet School
Grade 5 Contemporary Matthew Molle Worcester Arts Magnet School
Grade 6 Contemporary Lauren Popinchalk Worcester Arts Magnet School
Grade 6 Verse Carlitos Molina Worcester Arts Magnet School

Honorable Mention

Grade 5 Contemporary Annabelle Corrao Worcester Arts Magnet School
gb #7-58  – Administration
(February 6, 2017)

To accept the Patterson Partnership Grant in the amount of $3,000 for Chandler Elementary Community School.

Annex  A (1 page)
gb #7-59  – Mr. O’Connell
(February 6, 2017)

To reestablish the PEAK (“Providing Enrichment for Able Kids”) Program in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #7-60  – Miss Biancheria
(February 7, 2017)

Request that the Administration study the feasibility of establishing competitive wrestling teams in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #7-61  – Administration
(February 7, 2017)

To consider approval of a Unified Track and Field Team at Burncoat High School, sponsored and supported by the Special Olympics of Massachusetts for the Spring 2017 season.

gb #7-62  – Administration
(February 7, 2017)

To set a date in April for a public hearing on school choice.

gb #7-63  – Administration
(February 7, 2017)

To accept the UNUM Strong Schools Grant in the amount of $21,000.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #7-64  – Administration
(February 7, 2017)

To accept the CTE Partnership Implementation Grant in the amount of $122,500.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #7-65  – Administration
(February 7, 2017)

To accept a donation in the amount of $7,500.00 from McGraw Hill Education that will allow Susan Farrell, Rose Dawkins and Dr. Mary Meade-Montaque, to attend the 2017 Patrick Suppes Personalized Learning Forum at Stanford University and Google Inc. Headquarters.

gb #7-66  – Miss Biancheria
(February 8, 2017)

Request that the Administration present a summary of the changes resulting from the principals’ meeting regarding safety.

gb #7-67  – Mr. Monfredo
(February 8, 2017)

Request that the Administration consider implementing a K1 program for students needing additional help, due to readiness issues.

gb #7-68  – Mr. Monfredo
(February 8, 2017)

Request that the Administration forward congratulatory letters to Kevin Cox, Jr., a Physics teacher at Burncoat High School, and his sister Katie Trippi, a teacher at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, who appeared on the television game show “The Wall” and were very successful contestants.

gb #7-69  – Administration
(February 8, 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 #6-9

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.

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 consider an International Union of Public Employees (I.U.P.E.) Grievance Complaint – HVAC Technician

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a worker’s compensation case for a Cafeteria Helper, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a worker’s compensation case for a Utility Crew Foreman, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

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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