Agenda #33 - December 16, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA # 33

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, December 16, 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 Timothy Cremeens

                     St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Church
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #0-29 - Clerk
                            (December 8, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 2, 2010.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION 

gb #0-305.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                       (December 7, 2010)
 
To recognize Millbury Savings Bank for its donation in the amount of $13,000 for the benefit Quinsigamond School in the amount of $8,000 and Vernon Hill School in the amount of $5,000.
gb #0-310.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                       (November 24, 2010)
 
To recognize Elizabeth Baldarelli for her donation of two Yamaha Clavinovas one to be given to Chandler Elementary School and the second to Union Hill School.
 
gb #0-313.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                       Mayor O’Brien
                       (December 7, 2010)
 
To recognize the following individuals for having been appointed to various Advisory Councils of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
 
Satinder Aujla           Racial Imbalance Advisory 
                               Council
Joseph Buckley        Technology/Engineering 
                               Advisory Council
Edwin Coghlin, Jr.     Vocational Technical 
                               Education Advisory Council
Kathleen Ivanowski   Arts Education Advisory 
                               Council        
Lisa Leach                Arts Education Advisory 
                               Council
Stacy Lord               Arts Education Advisory 
                               Council
Stacey Luster          Educational Personnel 
                              Advisory Council
Susan Sanford        Technology/Engineering 
                              Advisory Council
 
gb #0-317.1   - Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                      Mr. Foley/Mrs. Mullaney/ 
                      Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                      Miss Biancheria/Mayor O’Brien
                      (December 7, 2010)
 
To recognize Worcester Technical High School on its selection, by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as a Breakthrough School.

gb #0-327 -  Administration                               
                    (December 6, 2010)
 
To recognize Timothy Williams, network administrator for the Worcester Public Schools, who is being deployed to Afghanistan for 15 months on active duty as a Petty Officer First Class in the Navy. 
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-22 - Administration
                          (December 8, 2010)
 
PRELIMINARY BUDGET ESTIMATES FOR FY12
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  

The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
IX.    PERSONNEL 
             
0-51   The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of teacher:
 
Gray-Quinn, Kathryn, Special Education, Midland, BA+15, Step 1, $42,499, Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8, effective December 6, 2010.
 
0-52   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Gilbert, Diane, Elementary, Worcester Arts Magnet, effective December 6, 2010
                   
Sylvestri, Ronald, Physical Education, Worcester Technical, effective November 30, 2010
 
0-53   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Aide to the Physically Handicapped, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $14.03 (minimum) to $17.04 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #310-032, effective:
 
Stacey Clarke                   11/29/10


X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #0-293.2 - Administration/Ms. Novick
                    (December 8, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a reason why the University Campus School was not included in the report regarding student transfers.
 
gb #0-328 -   Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                    (December 6, 2010)
 
To request upgraded regular speed limit enforcement along Burncoat Street, and to ask the City Manager to consider the installation of flashing "20 MPH" signs in the vicinity of all three Worcester public schools which abut Burncoat Street.
 
gb #0-329 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell/Mayor O’Brien
                  (December 6, 2010)
 
To permit a representative of the 2010 First Night Committee to highlight the participation of students in the Worcester Public Schools in this event.
 
gb #0-330 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                  (December 6, 2010)
 
To review the recommendations of the Massachusetts School Building Authority and study the feasibility of utilizing funds from the FY11 Budget and engage volunteer groups or corporate sponsors to renovate and/or do cosmetic work at schools.
 
gb #0-331 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. O’Connell
                  (December 7, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration investigate ways to assistant schools that are having heating problems.
 
gb #0-332 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (December 7, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration update the School Committee on the individual school’s accountability plans for the 2010 school year.
 
gb #0-333 -  Administration
                  (December 8, 2010)
 
To accept and acknowledge a donation valued at $80,465.26 from Feed the Children.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #0-334 - Administration
                 (December 8, 2010)
 
To approve an increase in the mileage reimbursement rate from $0.50 per mile to $0.51 per mile effective January 1, 2011 for all non-represented and represented personnel in accordance with the 2011 standard mileage rate established by the Internal Revenue Service.
 
    
gb #0-335  -  Administration 
                   (December 8, 2010)
 
To accept a competitive grant in the amount of $3,000 from Target Little Hands Discover Science Program to be used at Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School.
Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)
gb #0-336 -  Administration
                  (December 10, 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.