Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues Agenda #2 11-19-18

Committee Members   Administrative Representatives
John F. Monfredo, Chairman   Jennifer Boulais
Dianna L. Biancheria, Vice-Chairman   Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
John L. Foley    

 

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

AGENDA #2 Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues

The Standing Committee on GOVERNANCE AND EMPLOYEE ISSUES will hold a meeting:
on: Monday November 19, 2018
at: 5:00 p.m.
in : Room 410, Durkin Administration Building

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS ACTION
I. CALL TO ORDER  –
II. ROLL CALL
III GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #5-207  –  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria
(August 7, 2015)
Request that the Worcester Public Schools consider sharing information regarding the National Attendance Awareness Month movement sponsored by 40 national partners.
gb #6-36  –  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough
(January 11, 2016)
To establish a Special Committee, consisting of at least three School Committee members, to continue the review of policies proposed for the Worcester Public Schools by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.
gb #6-39  – Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough   (January 11, 2016)To review the Every Student Succeeds Act, to address its impact on the Worcester Public Schools, and to consider any options which it provides to states and school districts to modify current practices and to reduce present testing, record-keeping and reporting requirements.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #6-307  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria   (September 7, 2016)Request that the Administration provide options for teaching responsible cell phone and social media use for middle and high school students.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #8-34  – Administration  (January 19, 2018)

To consider approval of the 2018-19 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #8-154  – Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/
Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo(May 1, 2018)To establish an English Learner Parent Advisory Council, in compliance with Section 56 of Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2017 (“An Act Relative to Language Opportunity for our Kids”).
 Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-174  –  Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
Mr. Monfredo  (May 15, 2018)Request that the Administration review the overall Dress Code Policy and update it, if appropriate.
gb #8-215  –  Administration  (June 27, 2018)

To consider approval of the following MASC policies to be included in the Policy Manual:

-Online Fundraising and Solicitation-Crowdfunding Policy

-Section GBEBD

-Student Submission to Educational Surveys and Research

-Section ILD

Annex A (2 pages)

Annex B (1 page)

 Annex C (1 page)

gb #8-245  –  Administration  (August 14, 2018)

To consider approval of the following MASC policies to be included in the Policy Manual:

JFABE –  Education Opportunities for Military Children

JFABF –  Education Opportunities for Children in Foster Care

KI –        Add the section on Outside Agencies in Schools

add the term “pregnancy or pregnancy related condition” to these policies:

AC –    Nondiscrimination

GBA – Equal Employment Opportunity

GCF – Professional Staff Hiring

JB –    Equal Education Opportunity

JFBB – School Choice

 Annex A (2 pages)

Annex B (2 pages)

 Annex C ( 1 page)

Annex D (5 pages)

gb #8-246  –  Mr. Comparetto  (August 14, 2018)

Request that the School Committee amend its rules by including an item on each agenda for public comment.

gb #8-285  –  Mr. Foley/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/
Mr. O’Connell(September 25, 2018)Request that the Administration consider the implications of excessive heat and humidity upon the learning environment in the classrooms and the schools without air conditioning and the adverse conditions for students, teachers and staff.  The Administration should develop a policy to be followed when the city has experienced consecutive days of excessive heat and humidity and the conditions in many of the schools are intolerable.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #8-301  –  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/
Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo  (October 2, 2018) Request that the Administration provide an update on the education plan approval process for homeschooled children and specify when the process will be completed for the current academic year, including an update on plans to expedite the process to assure its rapid and efficient completion for 2019-20.
Annex A-E (13 pages)
OTHER AGENDA ITEMS
gb #6-271  –  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/
Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty  (July 21, 2016)Request that the Administration consider including training in the Heimlich maneuver as part of the Compression CPR Program and review the Heimlich Heroes Program, which was created by Deaconess Associations, Inc. (DAI) with the support from the Heimlich Institute, for possible implementation in the Worcester Public Schools.
c&p #7-2  –  Clerk   (April 6, 2017)

To consider a petition from a citizen regarding a request to hold public hearings on the impact of standardized testing on students in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #7-107  –  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo  (March 10, 2017)

To review, and to make recommendations as appropriate, as to the Federal FY18 Budget submitted by the President, as it relates to funding of the US Department of Education and its grants and programs.

gb #7-119  –  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell  (March 20, 2017)

Request that the School Committee forward letters to the Congressional Delegation in opposition to the President’s Budget for Education and its impact on the school district and further request that the MASC consider organizing all districts in Massachusetts to oppose these cuts and voice opposition to the Massachusetts Delegation.

gb #8-74  – Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
Miss McCullough  (February 14, 2018)To formulate a policy, and appropriate protocols and guidelines, as to initiation of procedures in Juvenile Court under the “Children Requiring Assistance” statute (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 119, Sections 21 and 39E – 39I), in light of the decision of the Supreme Judicial Court in Millis Public Schools v. M.P. et al (SJC-12384, February 6, 2018).
gb #8-153.2  –  Administration/Administration   (June 11, 2018)

To discuss the proposed Strategic Plan.

gb #8-204  –  Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo
(June 13, 2018)Request that the Administration consider creating a Development Specialist position to help raise much needed funding for the Worcester Public Schools.
gb #8-322  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/
Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria  (October 15,2018)Request that the Administration consider the feasibility of developing a policy regarding the amount of time for lunches, especially at the elementary level.
gb #8-323  –  Miss McCullough/Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Monfredo/
Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria(October 15, 2018)Request that the Administration review IT policies regarding password creation and information that is shared both within the system and outside the Worcester Public Schools to insure it is utilizing appropriate safety and security measures.
gb #8-324  -Miss McCullough/ Mr. Comparetto/ Mr. Monfredo/
Mr. O’Connell  (October 16, 2018)To review the Worcester Public Schools Recess Policy to insure that it is being adhered to districtwide.
XI. ADJOURNMENT

Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee

 

 

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