Agenda #13 - April 15, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 13

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, April 15, 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   Pastor Judy Hanlon

                      Hadwen Park Church



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-11 - Clerk
                    (March 30, 2010)
         
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 18, 2010.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-64.2 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien/
                     Mr. Monfredo
                     (April 9, 2010)
 
To recognize the major donors who contributed $500 or more to the WEDF and the Worcester Public Schools to benefit the relief effort at Belmont Street Community School.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE



VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORTs OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.

  

 
IX.    PERSONNEL   
 
 
 
0-18  The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the person named below:
         
David E. Frankian, Vocational, effective April 16, 2010
 
0-19   The Superintendent has appointed the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $10.88 per hour, from Civil Service List #309-026, effective as follows:
 
Smith, Nicole           3/18/10
 
0-20  The Superintendent has appointed the persons named below to the position of School Bus Attendant, permanent at a salary of $13.16 minimum to $14.10 maximum, per hour, from Civil Service List #309-031, effective as follows:
 
 Groleau, Norman               4/5/10
 Dartiguenave, Immacula     4/5/10
 
0-21  The following School Bus Attendants were recalled from lay-off effective as follows:
 
Tasos, Dimitra         4/12/10
Moulas, Nerantzia    4/12/10
Romniou, Dimitra     4/12/10

                        

GENERAL BUSINESS

 


gb #0-86 -    Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Mrs. Mullaney/
                   Mr. O’Connell/Mayor O’Brien
                   (March 15, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the Burncoat High School’s Robotic Team, 1735 Green Reapers, for having won a place at the finals at the WPI FIRST Robotics Competition on March 13, 2010 that earned them a slot at the World Championships in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on April 15-19.
 
gb #0-87 -    Administration
                   (March 18, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the following students from Grafton Street School for their outstanding achievements:
 
-        Nathaniel Lamptey – winner of the Anti-Tobacco Poster contest and
-        Heidi Ventura – winner of the statewide 5th grade Savings Makes Cents Contest, sponsored by the Treasurer’s office
 
gb #0-88 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 18, 2010)
 
To review prospective FY11 Budget impacts on the small learning communities and related programs of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-89 -    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell
                   (March 22, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration forward a letter of appreciation, on behalf of the School Committee, to the Administration at the EcoTarium and UMASS Medical School for their outstanding workshop on “Women in Science” held on March 20th for the 7th and 8th grade girls in the Worcester Public Schools.


gb #0-90 -    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/ 
                   Mr. O’Connell
                   (March 22, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration forward an e-mail of appreciation, on behalf of the School Committee, to the music teachers to thank them and the students for an outstanding Broadway Bound performance at Mechanics Hall.
 
gb #0-91 -    Ms. Novick/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mayor O’Brien
                   (March 24, 2010)
 
To invite, to a Standing Committee on Finance and Operations meeting in April 2010, representatives from Sullivan, Rogers & Company LLC to discuss the FY09 annual audit of federal grant programs relating to the Worcester Public Schools and representatives from P.L. Jones & Associates, P.C. to discuss the Independent Accountants’ Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures for 2007-2008 End of Year Financial Report, as submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
 
gb #0-92 -    Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (March 25, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the Robotics Teams of South High Community, Forest Grove Middle, and Burncoat Middle schools as champions of the VEX Robotics Tournament.
                             
gb #0-93 -    Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (March 25, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the Robotics Teams of Claremont Academy, Worcester Technical High School, and Sullivan Middle School as award winners at the VEX Robotics Tournament.
 
gb #0-94 -    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (March 25, 2010)
 
To recognize the Worcester Technical High School Drama Club on its exemplary performance of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.


gb #0-95 -    Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick   
                   (March 25, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report as to its recommendations for the siting and operation of preschool programs for the 2010-11 academic year.
 
gb #0-96 -    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                  (March 25, 2010)
 
To consider appropriate revisions and updates to the current policy regarding the possession and use of cellular telephones and related communications devices in school or on school grounds.
 
gb #0-97 -    Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (March 26, 2010)
 
To review the current status of the Worcester Compact and the participation of the Worcester Public Schools in activities related to it.
 
gb #0-98 -    Mayor O’Brien
                   (March 29, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report for the last three years on administrative positions and expenses and the Table of Organization for administrative positions for the next fiscal year.                   

gb #0-99 -    Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick
                    (March 30, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent not fill the position of Chief Accountability Officer for the remainder of the 2010 fiscal year.
 
gb #0-100 - Administration
                 (March 31, 2010)
 
To accept donations totaling $201.00 for the replacement of supplies and materials for Belmont Street Community School.
 
gb #0-101 - Administration
                  (April 1, 2010)
 
To set the dates for the FY11 Budget Hearings.
 
gb #0-102 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell/Mayor O’Brien
                  (April 6, 2009)
 
To set a date to recognize Joseph Marzilli, a North High School science teacher, for being named the Massachusetts Student Council Advisor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.
 
gb #0-103 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
                 (April 7, 2009)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report containing a listing of all the grants awarded to the Worcester Public Schools for fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11 indicating for each:
 
-    the term
-    funding amount and
-    partner names
 
gb #0-104 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (April 7, 2009)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report containing the amount of capital funding for School Plant needs that the City has allocated to the Worcester Public Schools for the past 5 years for improvements to school buildings.
 
gb #0-105 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell     
                 (April 7, 2009)
 
Request that the Administration provide an administrative Table of Organization to include all administration with their staff and all open positions with current salaries.


gb #0-106 - Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell        
                 (April 7, 2009)
 
Request that the Administration provide the layoff notification package that represented and non represented employees receive from the Human Resource Office.
 
gb #0-107 - Mr. Monfredo         
                 (April 8, 2009)
 
Request that the Administration, in an attempt to preserve staff positions, discuss with the unions possible job sharing, volunteer hours, or any other ideas that could be considered to save jobs.
 
gb #0-108 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mayor O’Brien
                 (April 8, 2009)
 
Request that the Administration discuss with the WEDF feasibility of hiring a professional fundraiser to assist the school system in its panning of major events to be held at Foley Stadium or elsewhere.
 
gb #0-109 - Mr. O’Connell
                 (April 9, 2009)
 
To recycle appropriate school department surplus, outdated or unnecessary items through use of eBay and/or Craigslist.
 
gb #0-110 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                 (April 9, 2009)
 
To implement an expanded Medicaid reimbursement initiative for qualifying services provided to students under individualized education plans.
 
gb #0-111 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                 (April 9, 2009)
 
To implement an expanded Medicaid reimbursement initiative for state-mandated immunization of students, with the proceeds thereof earmarked for related expenses (payments to participating public school nurses) and for the public school nursing program generally. 
 
gb #0-112 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                 (April 9, 2009)
 
To staff the school nursing program fully and immediately through an accelerated and intensified effort to fill all currently vacant school nursing positions.
 
gb #0-113 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                 (April 9, 2009)
 
To evaluate the current condition of the Harlow Street School roof and to develop plans, and timelines, for roof replacement or repair, as appropriate.
 
gb #0-114 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                    (April 9, 2009)
 
To invite the Massachusetts School Building Authority to evaluate the Doherty Memorial High School facility, and to formulate, with the Authority, a plan to renovate, expand and update, or replace on site, the physical plant of the school.
 
gb #0-115 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                  (April 9, 2009)
 
To discuss, with interested schools and school districts of the greater Worcester area, the sharing of facilities and services, for mutual benefit.
 
gb #0-116 -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Miss Biancheria    
                  (April 9, 2009)
 
To discuss, with the Board of Directors and the Acting Librarian of the Worcester Public Library, the sharing of operation services, for mutual benefit.


 
gb #0-117 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                  (April 9, 2009)
 
To formulate, prior to the July 1 deadline, any appropriate resolutions for consideration at the November 3 meeting of the Board of Delegates of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.
 
gb #0-118  - Administration
                  (April 9, 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.