Agenda #25 - August 26, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 25

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, August 26, 2010
at:    4:30 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 - Reverend George A. Kohl 
                     Belmont Street Baptist Church

                    
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
 
 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS


aor #0-21 - Clerk
                    (August 11, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, July 22, 2010.
 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION - NONE
 
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
 
THE ACTION SHEETS MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
IX.    PERSONNEL - NONE

 
X.    GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #0-79.2 -  Administration/
                  Administration
                     (August 17, 2010)

Response from the special education legal counsel of Murphy, Lamere and Murphy as to proposed amendments to the school assignment and transfer policy with respect to students with disabilities.
 
Annex A
Annex B



gb #0-150.1 - Administration/
                     Mayor O’Brien

                    (August 18, 2010)

Response of the Administration to the request to work with representatives from the Hunger Free and Healthy Program to inform parents about summer feeding programs through the use of Connect-Ed.

Annex





gb #0-158.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick
                     (August 18, 2010)

Response of the Administration to the request to investigate using RSVP and other senior citizen volunteers as greeters at the Parent Information Center.
 
Annex


 
gb #0-198.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien
 
                     (July 28, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to determine an alternative format for recognition of students, teachers, staff and community members.

Annex

 

gb #0-207.1 - Administration/
                     Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
 
                 Mayor O’Brien
 
                    (July 28, 2010)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide to the School Committee copies of the JROTC contract agreements.


Annex A


 
gb #0-208.1 - Administration/
                     Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
 
 
 
                               Mayor O’Brien
 
                        (August 18, 2010)
 
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report of the Summer Programs for 2010 for students in the Worcester Public Schools to include:
 
 


- the number of students that participated
- the payments to students and the locations of the College Community Connection internships
- the number of teachers employed under each of the Summer programs.

Annex A














gb #0-209.1 - Administration/
                     Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                          Mayor O’Brien
                          (July 28, 2010)

Response of the Administration to the request to 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.


Annex A


gb #0-215 - Mr. Foley/Mrs. Mullaney/
                 Ms. Novick
                    (July 15, 2010)
To review the status of the FY11 Budget and recommend appropriate account transfers as required.
 
 

gb #0-216 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                     (July 17, 2010)

To select the voting delegate, and alternate delegate, to the November 3 meeting of the Delegate Assembly of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.
 
 
 
 gb #0-217 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                     (July 22, 2010)
 
To recommend, to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the instructional material in mathematics and in English/Language Arts which should be included in the Massachusetts Supplement to the Common Core State Standards (i.e., "Common Core Plus").
 
 

gb #0-218 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr.
                 Monfredo/Ms. Novick
 
                 (July 22, 2010)
 
To develop a process for aligning the Worcester curriculum in mathematics and in English/Language Arts with the Common Core State Standards by the start of the 2012-13 academic year, as required by the July 21, 2010 vote of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 
gb #0-219 - Administration
               (August 3, 2010)

To accept a donation in the amount of $220.00 made payable to the Maxine Levy Scholarship Fund.

Annex


 gb #0-220 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biacheria/Mr. Foley/
                  Mr. MonfredoMr. O’Connell
 
 
 
                            (August 4, 2010)

 
Request that the Administration provide a report detailing the enrollment changes from grade 6 to grade 7 and from grade 8 to grade 9 by quadrant.

 
gb #0-221 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell 

                        (August 4, 2010)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the innovation schools work, including the use and implementation of the Gates Foundation grant.
 

gb #0-222 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
              Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                      (August 4, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration detail how decisions are made regarding the level in which students will be placed in the middle and high schools.
 
gb #0-223 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                         Mr. O’Connell         
                      (August 4, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration, in consultation with the City Solicitor, bring communication with homeschooling families into line with Massachusetts case law (particularly the Charles, Brunelle and Ivan decisions) and with current Worcester Public Schools schedules.
 

gb #0-224 - Mr. O’Connell
                         (August 4, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration formulate a process and timetable for regular review of the curriculum in each discipline and at all grade levels, which review shall include, as to mathematics, the topics raised by the October 15, 2009 and November 9, 2009 prior actions of the School Committee as to item gb #6-13.

 
gb #0-225 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick /Mr. O’Connell
                         (August 10, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration set up a legislative meeting in November to discuss legislative priorities that were generated by the School Committee this year and other items of interest that impact the school system.

 
 
 gb #0-226 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria

                  (August 11, 2010)

Request that the Administration prepare a recommended allocation of the federal  Education Jobs Fund Program (Ed-Jobs).

 gb #0-227 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mayor O’Brien
                  (August 16, 2010)

Request that the Administration provide three dates in October for a walk through of the new North High School for School Committee members.

 
gb #0-228 - Administration
                         (August 16, 2010)
 
To accept the donation of “Being a Writer” program to support Union Hill School valued at $8,000 from Oak Hill CDC, the United Way and Worcester Academy.

 
gb #0-229 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mayor O’Brien
                       (August 16, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the 2010-11 Career Vocational Technical Education programs to include the titles of the courses at each high school.
 
gb #0-230 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Mayor O’Brien
                         (August 16, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide the transportation costs for the Spirit of Knowledge Charter School and also include transportation costs for the other charter schools.

 
gb #0-231 - Administration
                          (August 17, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the following prior year payments in the total amount of $9,989.45 that were received after the close of the fiscal year:
 
Special Education Parent Transportation Reimbursement: $2,329.35
Employee Mileage Reimbursement $4,536.20
Contracted Translation Services $2,854.00
Special Education Contracted Tutoring Service $   270.00

 
gb #0-232 - Administration
                          (August 17, 2010)
 
To consider participation in the Early Retirement Incentive for selected Employee Groups as contained in the Municipal Relief Bill.

Annex A (3 pages)


gb #0-233 - Administration
                         (August 17, 2010)
 
To consider filing the list of outstanding General Business items as contained in the backup.

Annex A (3 pages)
          gb #0-234 - Administration
                           (August 20, 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.
 
 
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.