Agenda #24 - July 22, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 24

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, July 22, 2010
at:    430 p.m. - Executive Session
        4:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Council Chamber, City Hall



ORDER OF BUSINESS
ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING
    
 

INVOCATION - Pastor Mark Frykholm

                       Salem Covenant Church



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-18 - Clerk
                   (June 25, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 17, 2010.
         
aor #0-19 - Clerk
                   (June 30, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 24, 2010.
 
aor #0-20 - Clerk
                   (June 30, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, July 7, 2010.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-185.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo
                       (June 23, 2010)
 
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.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-15 -   Administration
                             (July 14, 2010)
 
LEVEL IV PROPOSED TURNAROUND PLANS FOR CHANDLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND UNION HILL SCHOOL
 
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 - NONE


 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #0-101.5 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                    (July 14, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report regarding the cost to preserve the Horticultural Program at Worcester Technical High School.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #0-104.2 - 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 #0-186.1 -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                      Mr. O’Connell
                      (July 2, 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 #0-189.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (July 2, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider locating future GED, ESL, and other adult education classes in neighborhoods that would better accommodate the participants.
 
gb #0-196 - Administration
                 (June 15, 2010)
 
To accept a donation from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the amount of $2,500, made payable to Worcester Technical High School, in appreciation for the crafting of a commencement mace by students at Worcester Technical High School as part of a special project.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #0-197 - Administration
                 (June 17, 2010)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $630.00 made payable to the Maxine Levy Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Maxine Levy, a Burncoat High School guidance counselor. To date, $14,532.00 has been donated.
gb #0-198  - Administration         
                  (June 17, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration determine an alternative format for recognitions of students, teachers, staff and community members.
 
gb #0-199 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                 (June 17, 2010)
 
To endorse a resolution by the Salem School Committee to be submitted to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees for the Fall Annual Conference, regarding a process for the establishment of a charter school within a school district by approving one of the following:
 
-    a Horace Mann Charter School application by
     a local School Committee
-    a Charter School application by the district
     or regional School Committee
-    a Charter School application by the voters of
     a school district or region at a general
     election or Town Meeting
-    a Charter School application by the Board of 
     Elementary and Secondary Education without
     approval of either the School Committee or
    the voters of the district/region
 
In cases of approval by a School Committee or voters, funding formulae approved by the General Court will be utilized.
 
In cases of charters approved solely by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, funding shall be through the budget of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education without usage of Chapter 70 or any other local funds.
 
gb #0-200 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Ms. Novick 
                  (June 30, 2010)
 
To determine a process for prioritizing, planning, undertaking and supervising the work to be completed in the Worcester public school buildings, pursuant to the City Manager's five-year Capital Improvement Plan in the amount of $44,000,000 for building and energy improvements.
 
gb #0-201 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Ms. Novick 
                         (June 30, 2010)
 
To recognize the members of the Worcester public school staff who retired during the past year and to develop a process for making this recognition an annual occasion for the School Committee.
 
gb #0-202 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell        
                         (June 30, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration forward a letter of appreciation to the Worcester Health Department and also to Dr. Leonard Morse for his role in the success of the CPR/AED training for students in which over 1,097 students were certified and further request that the program be continued in FY11.
 
gb #0-203 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell        
                 (June 30, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report highlighting the best teaching practices and wrap around services provided to students in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-204 - Administration         
                 (July 1, 2010)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $130.00, made payable to Claremont Academy, in memory of Carolyn Currie to be utilized to support an annual student scholarship.
Carolyn Currie was an employee of the Worcester Public Schools for almost 30 years. For the past three and a half years, she worked with Claremont Academy students as a Braille Interpreter. Money donated in her memory by friends and colleagues now total $657.00.
gb #0-205 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Ms. Novick 
                 (July 1, 2010)
 
To develop guidelines and procedures for compliance with the revised Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.
Annex A (24 page)
gb #0-206 - Administration
                 (July 8, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Summit Academy as a private school.
Annex A (1 page)
Annex B (2 page)
gb #0-207 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                  Mayor O’Brien
                  (July 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide to the School Committee copies of the JROTC contract agreements.
 
gb #0-208 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                  Mayor O’Brien
                  (July 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent provide a summary report of the Summer Programs for 2010 for students in the Worcester Public Schools to include:
- the number of students that participated
- the cash payments to students and the
   locations of the College Community Connection
   internships
- the number of teachers employed under each 
   of the Summer programs.

 
gb #0-209 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mayor O’Brien
                 (July 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report of the number of students, per high school, enrolled in the Jobs for Bay State Graduates Program for 2008-09 and 2009-10.
 
gb #0-210 - Administration
                 (July 14, 2010)
 
To accept a donation from the Worcester Educational Development Foundation in the amount of $9,826.11 for supplies for students at Belmont Street Community School.
Donations from the Worcester Educational Development Foundation (WEDF), made payable to the Belmont Street Community School, now total $141,163.36.
gb #0-211 - Administration
                 (July 14, 2010)
 
To accept a donation, made payable to the Worcester Public Schools, from Bob’s Discount Furniture in the amount of $500.00 for supplies for students at Belmont Street Community School.
To date, donations total $141,633.36
gb #0-212 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mr. O’Connell
                  (July 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration study the feasibility, contingent on receipt of the stated based affiliated grant from the National Endowment of Humanities, of offering student scholarships by selling ads in the 2011 student poem booklet.
 
gb #0-213 - Administration
                 (July 14, 2010)
 
To approve a prior year payment in the amount of $2,100 for translation services, provided by an outside vendor.
 
Translation services were performed by an outside vendor for various documents between January and June 2010.  The invoice for these services was received by the Worcester Public Schools on July 14, 2010.
gb #0-214 -   Administration
            (July 16, 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.