Agenda #31 - November 18, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 31

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, November 18, 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 - Reverend Walter Tilleman

                      Christ Baptist Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-27 - Clerk
                   (November 10, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, November 4, 2010.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-284.1 - Administration/
                      Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/
                              Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                              (November 9, 2010)
 
To recognize the Center for Nonviolent Solutions for its efforts to provide resources on conflict resolution, peer mediation, nonviolent communication skills, and other alternatives to violence to schools, teachers and students.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-20 - Administration
                           (November 12, 2010)
 
PRESENTATION BY SHARFMAN’S JEWELLERS
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.

The Standing Committee on Finance and Oeprations met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 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 #9-166.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                    Ms. Hargrove/Mr. Bogigian 
                            (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider collaborating with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on expenditure of the Title 1 School Improvement Grant which Worcester will receive "to rapidly accelerate improvement in our lowest performing schools."


Annex A (1 page)




gb #9-167.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                    Ms. Hargrove/Mr. Bogigian 
                           (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider applying for a two-year State Educational Technology Grant that will "focus on effective uses of data tools to drive instruction, and promising practices in integrating technology to close the achievement gap."

Annex A (1 page)



gb #9-168.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                    Ms. Hargrove/Mr. Bogigian 
                            (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider developing a proposal under the Investing in Education Fund competitive grant "to support efforts with significant evidence of success in improving student achievement, as well as those designed to support the development, replication and further evaluation of promising, innovative practices."

Backup






gb #9-169.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                    Ms. Hargrove/Mr. Bogigian 
                            (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider developing a proposal under the Teacher Incentive Fund competitive grant.

Annex A (1 page)



gb #0-50.2 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo 
                  (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to update the School Committee on the “Shore Up” efforts for Nelson Place School since 2005 and provide a timetable for replacing the building.

Annex A (1 page)



gb #0-101.6  - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                     Mr. Foley
                             (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the following motions from the FY11 Budget:
  1. Request that the Administration provide a report when the budget is finalized as to the impact of the Circuit Breaker reimbursement.
  2. Request that the Administration provide a recommendation for allocation of any proceeds which might become available from this account by virtue of any legislative initiatives to alter the retirement contributions required for the 2011 fiscal year.
  3. Request that the Administration consider hiring one of the clerical employees that is being laid off to cover the front desk at the Durkin Administration Building.
Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

Annex C (1 page)


gb #0-141.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                    (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report indicating how the $70,000 donated from the Worcester Educational Development Foundation is going to be expended and formulate plans for an Open House in September.

Annex A (1 page)



gb #0-235.1  - Administration/Mayor O’Brien/
                    Mr. Foley        
                            (November 10, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the following motions:
 
- Request that Administration provide a report regarding the following federal resources to include a short description of each indicating what each is targeted for and how the funds can be used:
   -the stimulus funding
   -Education Jobs Fund Program
   -Race to the Top funding
 
- Request that the Administration provide a report of the stimulus funding the system has received from the federal government over the past 2 or 3 years and indicate the number of jobs saved as a result of the monies.

Annex A (2 pages)







gb #0-261.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                            (November 9, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a total student enrollment report for 2010-11 by school, individual classrooms to include the number of staff in each of them.

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

Annex C (66 pages)

gb #0-264.1  -   Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                               (November 9, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the current efforts by the WPS to integrate the private and non-profit early education providers with the pre-school and kindergarten programs and staff. Further request that the Administration provide a report on programs that are currently underway in Boston and Springfield that provide school readiness initiatives and partnerships that exist between their public schools and the private/non-profit early education providers.

Annex A (5 pages)





gb #0-269.2 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                           (November 9, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the timeline in reference to the mercury spill at Grafton Street School and a summary of protocols, practices, guidelines or policies regarding the cleanup of particular toxic spills.

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

gb #0-270.2 - 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 #0-280.2 - 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 #0-300 - Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                         (October 19, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider piloting "School Spots" (public Wi-Fi hot spots) at two schools in the city.

 
gb #0-301 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mayor O’Brien/Miss Biancheria
                         (November 9, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration inform the School Committee on how it will address the plan from the Federal High School Graduation Initiative whose goal is to decrease dropouts and increase graduation rates over the next five years.

 
gb #0-302 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mayor O’Brien/Miss Biancheria
                         (November 9, 2010)
 
Request that the School Committee forward a congratulatory letter to Principal Maureen Binienda for being selected by the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance for the Janice E. Nadeau Award.
 
gb #0-303 - Administration
                         (November 9, 2010)
 
To accept donations in the amount of $25.00 made in memory of Kara Farber, a former Worcester public school student.

(Backup)

gb #0-304 - Administration
                         (November 9, 2010)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $100.00 made payable to the Maxine Levy Scholarship Fund.

(Backup)

gb #0-305 - Administration
                         (November 9, 2010)
 
To accept a donation from Millbury Savings Bank to the Worcester Public Schools in the amount of $13,000.00.  
 
Annex A (1 page)


gb #0-306 - Administration
                         (November 9, 2010)
 
To accept a competitive grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Target Community Engagement School Library Grant  to be used at Union Hill School.

Annex A (2 pages)

gb #0-307 - Ms. Novick
                         (November 10, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration work with the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Ad Hoc Committee and team coaches to create safe, effective alternatives for fundraising to panhandling in traffic.

 
gb #0-308 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                         (November 10, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider offering courses in computer game design and computer game development and programming.

 
gb #0-309 - Administration
                         (November 10, 2010)
 
To consider discussion regarding foreign field trips.

 
gb #0-310 - Administration
                         (November 10, 2010)
 
To accept a donation of two Yamaha Clavinovas from retired teacher Betty Balderellie.

(Backup)

gb #0-311 - Administration
                          (November 10, 2010)
 
To approve prior year invoices totaling $3,911.12.

Annex A (1 page)

gb #0-312 - Administration
                         (November 12, 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.