CLERK OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20 IRVING STREET
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS 01609
|The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:|
|on:||Thursday, February 2, 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
|I.||CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING|
|INVOCATION – Reverend Paul Frechette
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
|PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM|
|III.||APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #7-3 – Clerk
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, January 19, 2017.
aor #7-4 – Clerk
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Friday, January 20, 2017.
|Annex A (15 pages)
|IV.||MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION – NONE|
gb #7-5.1 – Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
To recognize the Unum Group for initiating its Unum Strong Schools grant program in the Worcester Public Schools, as “financial support for effective and innovative initiatives that engage students and improve their learning and achievement levels.”
gb #7-8.1 – Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/Mayor Petty
To recognize the Burncoat High School Quadrivium on its performance with Superstar Kenny Rogers at Mohegan Sun and at the Massachusetts House of Representatives as the guests of Representative James O’Day and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
gb #7-38 – Administration
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
|VI.||REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
ros #7-3 – Administration
FY18 PRELIMINARY BUDGET ESTIMATE
|VII.||COMMUNICATION AND PETITION – NONE|
|VIII.||REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
The Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievements met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
The Superintendent has ACKNOWLEDGED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below effective as shown:
Collins, Larry, Department Head, Vocational, Worcester Technical, effective January 22, 2017.
Dowell, Christine, School Adjustment Counselor, City View effective January 22, 2017.
|7-08||The Superintendent has ACKNOWLEDGED the RESIGNATION of the person named below effective as shown:
Howard-Donlin, Grace, Director, Systemwide, effective January 20, 2017.
|7-09||The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below effective as shown:
Gingras, Brianne, School Adjustment Counselor, City View, MA, Step 6, $64,371 effective January 17, 2017. Licensed: School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor all levels.
Jancura, Mary Rose, Teacher, Elementary, Flagg Street, BA, Step 1, $45,064 effective January 17, 2017. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
gb #6-153.7 – Administration/Mr. O’Connell
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report regarding Charter School Tuition Assessment and then refer it to the Standing Committee on Finance and Operations for further discussion.
|Annex A (2 Pages)|
|gb #6-192.1 – Administration/Miss McCullough/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(January 25, 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.
|gb #6-252.1 – Administration/Mayor Petty/Mr. O’Connell
gb #6-253.2 (January 25, 2017)Response of the Administration to the following motions to:
|Consider with gb #7-50|
|gb #6-394.1 – Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell
(January 25, 2017)Response of the Administration to the request to interact with the local colleges and universities in an effort to expand the number of mentors for the AVID program and after school programs.
|Annex A (1 page)|
|gb #7-39 – Miss Biancheria
(January 12, 2017)Request that the Administration provide the Incident Reports for 2015-16.
|gb #7-40 – Mr. O’Connell
(January 12, 2017)To forward letters to the following Worcester public school students who have won awards in the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest:
Chantielle N. Chapman, grade 12
Doherty High School
Jayda Cesar, grade 9
Burncoat High School
Steven Thomas Rivera, grade 12
North High School
Adanna Duanys, grade 9 Tracy Frimpong, grade 9
South High Community School
Meshia Brooks, grade 10
Worcester Technical High School
Hussain Bhatti, grade 9
Goddard Scholars/Sullivan Middle School
Lily Engquist, grade 8 Clarise Liu, grade 8
Forest Grove Middle School
Annalisa Allan, grade 8
Sullivan Middle School
Kiana Alliance, grade 7 Isabella Archambault, grade 7
|gb #7-41 – Mr. Monfredo
(January 16, 2017)Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following art winners in the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annual contest:
Art group winners grade 4:
Flagg Street School – teachers – Ms. Aspen and Mr. CunhaIzzy Caprioli
Grafton Street School grade 5 – teachers – Ms. Bernhard and
Worcester Arts Magnet School
Troy Munroe – teachers – Mrs. Walden and Mrs. Mahoney
|gb #7-42 – Mr. O’Connell
(January 20, 2017)To encourage the fifth grades of the Worcester Public Schools to participate in the 2017 Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association, with the guidance and assistance of the Worcester Tree Initiative.
|gb #7-43 – Mr. Monfredo
(January 22, 2017)Request that the Administration include in its summer package not only a students’ reading list but also a list of ideas for parents/students regarding math activities for the summer months and include online sites for the students.
| gb #7-44 – Mr. Monfredo
(January 23, 2017)Request that the Administration provide an update on the Dual Enrollment Program and indicate any plans for expansion.
|gb #7-45 – Administration
(January 24, 2017)To authorize the Administration to submit Statements of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the following Accelerated Repair Projects for 2017:
|Annex A (6 pags)|
|gb #7-46 – Administration
(January 24, 2017)To accept a donation in the amount of $292.20 from Box Tops for Education to Woodland Academy.
|gb #7-47 – Administration
(January 24, 2017)To accept a donation in the amount of $1,212.49 from Lifetouch to Woodland Academy.
|gb #7-48 – Administration
(January 24, 2017)To accept a donation in the amount of $400 from Shaw’s We Love Our Schools! to Forest Grove Middle School.
|gb #7-49 – Mr. Monfredo
(January 24, 2017)Request that the Administration work with the Worcester Chamber of Commerce to create a video that would promote the Worcester Public Schools and share it with the local real estate brokers.
|gb #7-50 – Administration
(January 24, 2017)To consider a budget increase in the amount of $70,000 to partially fund Kindergarten Instructional Assistant positions as included in the final City Budget.
|Annex A (10 pages)|
|gb #7-51 – Administration
(January 25, 2017)To consider approval of the following new courses for the 2017 – 18 school year:High School
|gb #7-52 – Administration
(January 25, 2017)To consider approval of the 2017-18 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.
|gb #7-53 – Miss Biancheria
(January 25, 2017)Request that the Administration invite a representative from each of the colleges and universities in Worcester to discuss with the Superintendent and School Committee representatives possible ways for them to support programs such as the funding necessary to administer the Advanced Placement Exam.
|gb #7-54 – Administration
(January 25, 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.
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.
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
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.