Agenda #30 - November 4, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 30

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, November 4, 2010
at:    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 - Pastor Steven Barrett

                       Christ the Rock Fellowship
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-25 - Clerk
                   (October 25, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 7, 2010.
 
 aor #0-26 - Clerk
                     (October 27, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 21 2010.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

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

ros #0-19 - Administration/Miss Biancheria
                 (October 27, 2010)
 
JROTC PROGRAMS 

VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 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 

0-45   The Superintendent has APPROVED the
  APPOINTMENT of the persons named
  below to the position of teacher:
Castellani, Deborah, Special Education, Chandler Magnet, effective October 4, 2010. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities (Prek-8).
Hay, Amanda, Elementary, Woodland, effective October 4, 2010. Licensed: Elementary (1-6).
Lester, Booker, School Adjustment Counselor, Alternative, effective October 25, 2010. Licensed: School Social Work/School Adjustment Counselor (All levels).
Wheeler, Jaime, Special Education, Burncoat Elementary, effective October 18, 2010. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities (Prek-8).
 
 
0-46   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
  RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Engdahl, Janet, Special Education, South High effective October 20, 2010
Freeland, Deborah, Special Education, effective October 31, 2010
Hamel. Susan, Elementary, Heard Street, effective October 8, 2010
Holden, Kathleen, ESL, Systemwide, effective October 9, 2010
O’Loughlin, Mary, Elementary, Norrback, effective October 29, 2010
Reidy, Toni, Elementary, Clark Street, effective October 13, 2010
 
 
0-47   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
  RESIGNATION of the persons names
  below:
Dionne, Lisa, English, Worcester Technical, effective October 25, 2010
Ewert, Jocelyn, Elementary, Woodland, effective October 1, 2010
Fladger, Robert, School Adjustment Counselor, Alternative School, effective September 17, 2010
Sharpe, Michele, Assistant Principal, Grafton Street, effective October 15, 2010

0-48   The Superintendent has appointed the
   persons named below to the position of
  Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent
  at a salary of $10.88 per hour, from Civil
  Service List #310-023, effective as
  shown:
 
Opoku, Henry          10/6/10
 
0-49   The Superintendent has appointed the 
  persons named below to the position of
 School Bus Attendant, permanent at a
 salary of $12.88 minimum to $14.10
 maximum, per hour, from Civil Service List #310-033 effective as shown:
 
          Harisi, Penelope      10/21/10



X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #0-189.2 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (October 19, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider locating future GED, ESL, and other adult education classes in neighborhoods that would better accommodate the participants.
Backup

gb #0-269.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                    (October 28, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the timeline in reference to the mercury safety crisis at Grafton Street School.
Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

gb #0-270.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo      
                    (October 27, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the costs to the WPS Budget and the City Budget in reference to the safety crisis at Grafton Street School.
Annex A (1 page)

gb #0-280.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                    (October 27, 2010)
 
Response of the Superintendent to the request to forward a draft of the proposed goals recommended by the School Committee at its workshop session.
Annex A (3 pages)

gb #0-282 - Mr. Foley/Mayor O’Brien/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                  (October 15, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration report back to the School Committee on the findings resulting from the Department of Special Education audit work to be performed by District and Community Partners.
 
gb #0-283 - Mr. Foley
                  (October 15, 2010)
 
To inform the members of the Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester community about the opportunity to nominate someone for the Worcester Research Bureau’s prestigious Thomas Green Awards.
Annex A (4 pages)

gb #0-284 - Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                 (October 18, 2010)
 
To set a date to recognize the Center for Nonviolent Solutions for their efforts to provide resources on conflict resolution, peer mediation, nonviolent communication skills, and other alternatives to violence to our schools, our teachers, and our students.
 
gb #0-285 - Administration         
                  (October 20, 2010)
 
Request that the School Committee authorize the Superintendent to act as its representative for filing applications for the federal FY10 Impact Aid through PL-874 funds.
 
gb #0-286 - Administration         
                  (October 22, 2010)
 
To accept donations in the amount of $245.00 in memory of Kara Farber, a Worcester public school student.
Backup
 gb #0-287 - Administration         
                  (October 22, 2010)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $475.00 from Intel Corporation, to cover transportation for Doherty High School girls and their teacher to attend the new “Dot Diva” conference.
Backup
gb #0-288 - Mayor O’Brien/Ms. Novick
                  (October 22, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider the implementation of an online payment system for school lunch fees.
 
gb #0-289 - Mr. Monfredo
                  (October 24, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration update the School Committee on the extent of Service Learning in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-290 - Mr. Monfredo         
                  (October 25, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration alert the parents and the CCPAC about the “sister to sister” summit for girls ages 10 to 14, sponsored by the Investing in Girls Alliance which will be held on Saturday November 20that Quinsigamond Community College. Health tips for girls, information on cyberbullying and a focus on individual awareness issues will be part of the conference.
Annex A (2 pages)

gb #0-291 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                 (October 25, 2010)
 
To rededicate the James Mooney Memorial Library at Union Hill School.
 
gb #0-292 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                  (October 27, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration develop a process to ensure a scheduled payment plan for teachers working in after school programs that are funded by grants.
 
gb #0-293 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                  (October 27, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report for September and October on the number of high school student transfers indicating the names of the schools and the reason for the transfer.
 
gb #0-294 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                 (October 27, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration develop a program that recognizes each school’s accomplishments.
 
gb #0-295 - Ms. Novick
                  (October 27, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration forward information to principals on the Stop & Shop A+ program.
 
gb #0-296 - Ms. Novick
                 (October 27, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration reconsider the use of food as a reward in the classroom.
 
 gb #0-297 - Administration
                  (October 29, 2010)
 
To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the governmental body, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.
 
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.