Agenda #15 - April 29, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 15

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, April 29, 2010
at:    5:00 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 Kevin Bean

                       All Saints Episcopal Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-12 - Clerk
                   (April 23, 2010)
         
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Monday, April 12, 2010.
 
aor #0-13 - Clerk
                   (April 23, 2010)
         
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, April 15, 2010.
 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION 

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-87.1 - Administration/Administration
                    (April 20, 2010)
 
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
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-5.2  - Administration/Miss Biancheria     
                    (April 20, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report indicating the cost details of specific federal grants that supplement the focus on results subsection of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Worcester Public Schools and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

ros #0-10 -   Administration
                    (April 22, 2010)
 
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
 
THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 
 
IX.    PERSONNEL
 
0-22 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Capuano, Michael, Vocational, Worcester Technical High School, VL2 Step 6 $54,876, effective March 25, 2010.

Stearns, Peter, Vocational, Worcester Technical High School, VL2 Step 6, $54,876, effective April 2, 2010

0-23  The Superintendent has APPRROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE, without pay, of the person named below:
  
Allen, Karen, Special Education, Woodland Academy, effective April 26, 2010 through June 30, 2010.  Personal.
                       
X.  GENERAL BUSINESS
                              
gb #0-103.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. O’Connell
                    (April 22, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to 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 #0-105.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell
                    (April 22, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide an updated Table of Organization to include all administrators with their staff and other staff not assigned to a specific school including any and all open positions with current salaries.
 
gb #0-119 - Administration
                    (April 16, 2010)
 
To accept donations totaling $10,825.25 for the replacement of supplies and materials for Belmont Street Community School.
 
gb #0-120 - Administration
                 (April 16, 2010)
 
To accept a $25.00 donation made to the Claremont Academy.
 
gb #0-121  - Administration
                    (April 16, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize a group of students from the College of the Holy Cross, who are members of NEED (Nutrition, Exercise, and Eating Disorder Program) for having donated $2,000 last year to North High School and $900 this year to the WEDF for students in the Worcester Public Schools to promote healthy nutrition and exercise and to raise awareness about eating disorders.

gb #0-122  - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                   (April 16, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration share with the students in the Worcester Public Schools the information from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation regarding an opportunity to submit original videos that share the youth perspective on education and the learning process.
 
gb #0-123 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mr. O’Connell
                  (April 20, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration arrange a meeting with the staff of the Rape Crisis Center to discuss the workshops locally available for middle and high school students.
 
gb #0-124 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick
                 (April 20, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration, on behalf of the School Committee, send an e-mail to all WPS teachers and staff members to recognize them during “Teacher Appreciation Week – May 3rd to May 7th” and National Teachers‘ Day, May 4th” to thank them for their dedication, their time and effort and for their success in making a difference in the lives of the children in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-125 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick
                 (April 20, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration, on behalf of the School Committee, send an e-mail to all School Nurses to recognize them during “National Nurses’ Week – May 6 -12” to thank them for their dedication, their time and effort in making a difference in the lives of the children and their families.


gb #0-126 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Foley
                 (April 21, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize and acknowledge, with gratitude, the work of Rebuilding Together Worcester for refurbishing the hallways and adjacent areas of Doherty Memorial High School.
 
gb #0-127 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Mayor O’Brien
                  (April 22, 2010)
 
To invite security system consultants, on a volunteer basis, to review, and evaluate, the security system at Belmont Street Community School.
 
gb #0-128 - Mayor O’Brien
                  (April 22, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the meeting which was held at the EcoTarium, regarding the “Vision for Community Partnerships!”
 
gb #0-129  - Administration
                  (April 23, 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

























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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.