Agenda #20 - June 3, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 20

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:  Thursday, June 3, 2010
at:    4:00 p.m. - Budget Hearing
         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 Timothy Cremeens
St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #0-15 - Clerk
                (May 18, 2010)
           
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 6, 2010.
 
aor #0-16 - Clerk
                (May 25, 2010)
           
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 20, 2010.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION 

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-149.1 -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo
                         (May 26, 2010)
 
To recognize the organizers of the Green Day Project for receiving a Merit Honors Award by the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.
 
gb #0-151.1 -  Administration/Mr.                      
                       Monfredo/ Miss Biancheria/
                       Mr. O’Connell
                       (May 21, 2010)
 
To recognize the following students for receiving honors in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, an annual competition for young artists in grades 7 through 12 in all public, private and religious schools in the state:

Burncoat High School
Matthew Allen   Silver Key and Honorable Mention 
Domenic Dipersia  Silver Key
Daniel Morrissey   Silver Key
 
Doherty Memorial High School
Keenan Cassidy       Silver Key
Jeffrey Gustafson     2 Gold Keys
 
gb #0-156.1 -    Administration/Administration
                         (May 24, 2010)
 
To recognize Francis Gribbons, a teacher at Francis J. McGrath Elementary School and Jeremy Woloski, a teacher at Burncoat Middle School as semi-finalists in the Teacher of the Year selection process and Michele Emond, a teacher at Worcester Technical High School, as the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-161.1 -    Administration/Mr. Monfredo
                         (May 21, 2010)
 
To recognize Susan Singer-Verdini, foreign language teacher from South High Community School, for being awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant to teach in France.
gb #0-168.1 -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo
                        (May 24, 2010)
 
To recognize Denise Khalili, a nurse at Claremont Academy, for being selected as the Worcester Public Schools’ Nurse of the Year.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE

 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION _ NONE 
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
IX.    PERSONNEL
             
0-25  The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below to the position of:
 
Chief Research and Accountability Officer, effective May 27, 2010
Perda, David, Doctorate to be completed Fall 2010, $120,000
 

0-26  The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below:
Whitney, Michael B., Systemwide, Special Education- Speech, MA Step 8 $65,522 effective May 11, 2010. Licensed: Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders.
 
0-27    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the person named below:
 
Honore, Ricky, Forest Grove, Special Education effective May 20, 2010
 
0-28    Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employee as a School Nurse with the following effective date and salary:
 
Maureen Weeks 6/1/10    $44,230.00    Licensed School Nurse                                                                                 All Levels
                       
GENERAL BUSINESS
                             
gb #0-59.3  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                      (May 13, 2010)
    
Response of the Administration to the request to invite a representative of the Health Department to a School Committee meeting to discuss the new smokeless tobacco products.
 
 
gb #0-101.1  -    Administration/Administration   
                          (May 24, 2010)

To consider the proposed FY11 Budget.
Annex A (319 pages)

gb #0-103.2  -  Administration/Ms. Novick
                         (May 26, 2010)


Response of the Administration to the request to provide the names and origin of all grants to include their requirements and restrictions and the manner in which the monies are expended in each grant.
 
Annex A (202 pages)
gb #0-153.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr.           Monfredo/ Mr. O’Connell
                      (May 26, 2010)

Request that the Administration provide the School Committee members with the process and qualifications which make one eligible to fill the position of a Focused Instructional Coach to ensure a fair and equitable determination of employment.

gb #0-162.1  -  Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                        (May 25, 2010)

Response of the Administration to the request to consider holding meetings for the Chandler Elementary School and Union Hill School at different locations.





 
gb #0-169  -    Administration
                        (May 17, 2010)

To set a date to recognize the following students for their awards in the 2010 Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

Elm Park Community School
4th Place

Tiarra Fisher and Eylin Arias  -  Liquid Life Link

Forest Grove Middle School
4th Place

Vjola Jorgji  -  Extracting DNA from Different Fruits

Sullivan Middle School
4th Place

Jenny Cao - How Does the pH and Glucose Level of
                    Kimchi Change?
Michael MacInnes  -  Effects of Rust
 
gb #0-170  -    Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo         (May 17, 2010)

To notify the high schools of the First Freedom Student Competition.

gb #0-171  -    Mayor O’Brien   
                       (May 20, 2010)

To set a date to recognize the following students from Worcester East Middle School for their awards in the 2010 Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair and for the school’s  outstanding participation in six of the last eight years:
 

3rd Place

Jonathan Underwood – Electromagnetism

Derek Tran – Trebuchet Experiment         

 4th Place

Charlie Outlaw and Rose Payva  -  Lenz Effect

 

gb #0-172  -   Administration

                        (May 24, 2010)

Request that the Superintendent be granted the annual authorization to make the final year-end transfers necessary to balance surplus and deficit accounts for the fiscal year closing on June 30, 2010. 

 

gb #0-173  -   Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connel
(May 25, 2010)

 

Request that the Administration congratulate fourth grade teacher Donna Quitadamo of Nelson Place School and her students for the publication of “Poetic Minds At Work” and for using the proceeds to support the “Hole in the Wall Gang”, a residential summer camp for seriously ill children.

 

 

gb #0-174  -   Administration          
(May 24, 2010)

 

To set a date to recognize Margaret Iandoli-Cole, Assistant to the Special Education Director for Special Projects, as the recipient of the Norma Kumin Award for meritorious service.

 

 

gb #0-175  -   Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo     
(May 26, 2010)

 

 

To set a date to recognize Phyllis Goldstein, and the Places Poems Make Team, who organized the Worcester Public Schools’ Celebration of Writing to honor outstanding student writers and their teachers, and to acknowledge with gratitude, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Worcester County Poetry Association, and the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc., for sponsoring the program. 

 

gb #0-176  -   Administration           
(May 26, 2010)

 

To set a date to recognize Maureen R. Ciccone, Manager of Staff and Curriculum Development, for devoting her career to the well-being of the school children of Worcester.

 

gb #0-177  -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
(May 26, 2010)

 

To set a date to recognize Santiago Gomez, grade 6, Chandler Magnet School and his art teacher Elizabeth Fortin and David Junkins, grade 6, Quinsigamond School and his art teacher Jacquelyn Stein for being one of twenty-eight statewide winners in the Francis Galvin 2010 Census Poster Contest.

 gb #0-178  -   Ms. Novick
(May 26, 2010)

 

To review the School Committee’s action regarding acceptance of specified grants prior to the application process.

 

gb #0-179  -   Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(May 27, 2010)

 

Request that the Administration provide an updated report on the summer programs to include:

- determined community school sites and

- determined sites for the transition program and number of student openings

 

gb #0-180  -   Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(May 27, 2010)

 

Request that the Administration provide an updated report on the summer youth works program supporting academic support for MCAS and internships in collaboration with WCAC.

 

gb #0-181  -   Administration          
(May 27, 2010)

 

To develop a policy on the advertising on the electronic sign at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium.



gb #0-182  -  Administration
(May 28, 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.