Agenda #10 - March 3, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA #10


The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   March 4, 2010
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 Henry A. Donoghue

                Blessed Sacrament Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS - NONE
 
 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION - NONE 
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-7 - Administration
                  (February 26, 2010)
 
REPORT ON LEVEL IV SCHOOL STATUS AND REDESIGN
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
NONE
 
THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 
 
IX.    PERSONNEL
             
 
0-12   The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the person named below:
Reidy, George, Mathematics, Creamer Center, effective March 6, 2010 through March 12, 2010. Personal
 
0-13   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the person named below:
Sebring, Stephen, Special Education effective January 8, 2010.
 
0-14   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the person named below:
Higgins, Anne, Foreign Language, Doherty, effective January 25, 2010.
 
                        
GENERAL BUSINESS
                             
 gb #0-25.2  - Administration/
                      Miss Biancheria
                      (February 25, 2010
            
Response of the Administration to the request to provide an outline of the strategies, timelines and Budget for the 2010 Summer Programs to include:
  • a list of the academic support and MCAS programs
  • the names of community schools that will be open for the summer programs
  • a description of an increased academic partnership outreach for youth employment and
  • a list of paid/unpaid internships
gb #0-50.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo
                    (February 26, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration update the School Committee on the “Shore Up” efforts for Nelson Place School since 2005 and provide a timetable for replacing the building.
 
gb #0-52.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Mr. O’Connell/
                    Miss Biancheria
                   (February 26, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration review the policy on anti-bullying and provide a report on any proposed expansion of the program.
 
gb #0-53.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien/
                     Ms. Novick/
                    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 26, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider the use of Twitter and Facebook, along with other social media, in communicating with the public.
 
gb #0-54.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien/
                     Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 26, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider making Civics classes mandatory at the high school level.
 
gb #0-57.1 - Administration/
                    Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo
                    (February 26, 2010)
 
To reinforce the protocol for notifying the Mayor and School Committee, through the Clerk of the School Committee, regarding any situations that interfere with the normal day-to-day operations of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-59.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Mr. O’Connell
                     (February 26, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider adding, in light of the new smokeless tobacco products on the market, additional language to the student handbook and invite a member of the Worcester Health Department to a School Committee meeting to discuss these tobacco products and the harmful effects that it has on our students.
 
gb #0-62 -   Administration
                   (February 25, 2010)
 
To consider a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $276.87 for an employee.
 
gb #0-63 -    Mayor O’Brien
                    (February 25, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent provide a report on the costs to repair South High Community School’s swimming pool.
 
gb #0-64 - Mayor O’Brien
                  (February 26, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the major donors who contributed to the WEDF and the Worcester Public Schools to benefit the relief effort at Belmont Street Community School and send letters to people who donated less than $1,000.00.
 
gb #0-65 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                   (February 26, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the Fraternal Order of Eagles for their donation of $800.00 and their ongoing support to Belmont Street Community School.
 
gb #0-66 - Miss Biancheria
                  (February 26, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a written report every two weeks at the full School Committee level on the progress of the committee work on the development of a comprehensive accountability plan for the Worcester Public Schools. 
 
gb #0-67  - Administration
                   (February 26, 2010)
 
The Administration requests an Executive Session in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 39, Section 23-B of the General Laws, Paragraph (3): To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation.
 
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.