Agenda #21 - June 17, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 21

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, June 17, 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 John Daly
       St. Nicholas Albanbian Orthodox Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-17 - Clerk
                    (June 9, 2010)
         
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 3, 2010.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION 

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-132.2 -   Administration/Mayor O’Brien/
                        Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
Mr. Monfredo/Mrs. Mullaney/
                        Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
                        (May 10, 2010)
 
To recognize the administrators from the Worcester Tree Initiative and the City of Worcester Forestry Division for spearheading the effort to plant 68 trees at eight schools during the week of April 26, 2010.
 
gb #0-169.1 -   Administration/Administration   
                        (June 8, 2010)
 
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 #0-171.1 -   Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                        (June 8, 2010)
 
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 #0-173.1 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
                        (June 8, 2010)
 
To recognize a 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 #0-174.1 - Administration/Administration     
                       (June 8, 2010)
 
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 #0-175.1 -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                       (June 8, 2010)
 
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 #0-176.1 -   Administration/Administration   
                        (June 8, 2010)
 
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 #0-177.1  - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
Miss. Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
                        (June 8, 2010)
 
To recognize 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.


 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-13 - Administration
                   (June 11, 2010)
 
 COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
c&p #0-3 - Clerk
                  (June 10, 2010)
 
To consider a communication from staff and parents at Sullivan Middle School regarding a request to institute a school uniform policy.

c&p #0-4 - Clerk
                  (June 10, 2010)
 
To consider a communication from Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc. regarding a request to be approved to offer 403(b) tax-advantaged retirement savings plans subject to the acceptance of information sharing agreement and WPS plan document requirements.

Annex A (1 page)





VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  -    NONE

THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 
 
IX.    PERSONNEL

0-29 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the person named below:

Kelleher, Carol Carter, School Adjustment Counselor, effective May 30, 2010
 
X.    GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #0-79.1 - Administration/Administration
                    (June 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request forwarded the Student Services section of the Policies Handbook to Special Education legal counsel for review and input.
 











gb #0-98.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                    (June 11, 2010)
 

Response of the Administration to the request to 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. 

Annex A (2 pages)




gb #0-101.2 - Administration/Administration     
                       (June 9, 2010)
 
To consider the proposed FY11 Budget and the responses to the following motions:
 
- Request that the Administration provide a breakdown of the rental fees for the last few years.
 
- Request that the Administration provide a report as to the cost of overtime versus the use of floating positions.
 
- Request that the Administration provide a report for the next budget meeting as to the additional costs beyond those listed in the Custodian Overtime Account that are needed to pay for overtime at Foley Stadium, building rental coverage and Adult Education.
 
- Request that the Administration provide a report containing a list of all sports offered in the Worcester Public Schools and information regarding Title 9 regulations.
 
- Request that the Administration provide the amount expended to transport students from Doherty Memorial High School to Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium.

Annex A (4 pages)























gb #0-104.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (June 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to 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.

Annex A (1 page)




gb #0-165.1 -   Administration/Mayor O’Brien   
                      (June 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report as to the expenditures from the Health Insurance Trust fund.

Annex A (1 page)


gb #0-170.1 -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
              Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo         
                      (June 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to notify the high schools of the First Freedom Student Competition.

Annex A (1 page)



gb #0-179.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                       Mr. O’Connell
                       (June 8, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to 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
Annex A (4 pages)





gb #0-180.1 -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/
              Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                      (June 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide an updated report on the summer youth works program supporting academic support for MCAS and internships in collaboration with WCAC.

Annex A (4 pages)
Annex B (3 pages)


gb #0-183 - Mr. Monfredo         
                    (June 1, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration send a Connect-ed message in June, July and August, through the use of Connect-ed, parents of all students in the Worcester Public Schools, to remind them about the importance of summer reading requirements.
 
gb #0-184 - Administration         
                    (June 9, 2010)
 
To consider all items filed by the School Committee that have budgetary implications in light of the FY11 Budget.
Annex A (5 pages)


gb #0-185 - Mr. Monfredo         
                    (June 2, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the Worcester Tornadoes for their involvement with the Worcester Public Schools, and Worcester: the City that Reads in promoting reading through the “Home Run Club” ticket incentive program.
 
gb #0-186 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (June 8, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration encourage elementary principals to consider a book swap day in September with the books the children have received either from Worcester: the City that Reads or from other sources.
 
gb #0-187 - Administration
                    (June 8, 2010)
 
To accept a donation from UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc., made payable to Belmont Street Community School, in the amount of $25,000.
 
gb #0-188 - Administration
                    (June 8, 2010)
 
To accept a donation from individuals and business donors in the amount of $770.00 ($700.00 in cash and a $70.00 gift card) for the replacement of supplies and materials for Belmont Street Community School.
 
gb #0-189 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                  (June 9, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider locating future GED, ESL, and other adult education classes in neighborhoods that would better accommodate the participants.
 
gb #0-190 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell 
                    (June 9, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide parent education meetings regarding the math curriculum in grades K-8.
 
gb #0-191 - Administration         
                    (June 9, 2010)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $1,470.00 made payable to the Maxine Levy Scholarship Fund.
 
gb #0-192 -    Administration
                    (June 11, 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.