Agenda #6 - January 21, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA #6

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   January 21, 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 George A. Kohl

                      Belmont Street Baptist Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #0-3 - Clerk
                (January 12, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Monday, January 4, 2010.
         
aor #0-4 - Clerk
                 (January 12, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
          
 aor #0-5 - Clerk
                  (January 12, 2010)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, January 7, 2010.

 

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-6.1 -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                     Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                    (January 11, 2010)
 
To recognize the Quadrivium on its participation in the National Youth Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
 
gb #0-7.1 -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 11, 2010)
 
To recognize representatives from Intel Corporation for its donation in the amount of $20,000.
 
gb #0-9.1 -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 11, 2010)
 
To recognize representatives from Worcester Academy for its donation of school furniture with an estimated value of approximately $41,000.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-3 - Administration
                 (January 13, 2010)
 
THE WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY – A REPORT FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM (ILT)
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
c&p #9-10.1 - Administration/Clerk
                       (January 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider a communication from the City Clerk regarding a list of programs that local colleges provide to the City of Worcester.
 
c&p #9-11.1 -   Administration/Clerk      
                        (January 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to identify programs, which provide services to the City of Worcester, that are part of the students’ curriculum.
 
c&p #9-12.1 -   Administration/Clerk                
                      (January 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide the City Council with plans for setting aside stabilization funds.
 
c&p #9-13.1 -   Administration/Clerk      
                        (January 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to inform the City Council of future plans and costs concerning applications for new Charter Schools.
 
c&p #9-14.1 -   Administration/Clerk      
                        (January 11, 2010)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide the City Council with a list of reform efforts made within the budget of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
c&p #0-1 - Clerk   
                   (January 11, 2010)
 
To consider a communication from the City Clerk regarding a request to respond as to whether or not there is any opportunity to involve the WRTA in the bussing of students.
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  -                                                                 NONE
 
 
THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 
 
IX.    PERSONNEL
             
0-01   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Wendorff, Phyllis, Special Education, Lincoln Street, effective February 1, 2010
 
0-02   The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of teacher effective as follows:
 
          Amaral, Alissa, Reading, Worcester East Middle, MA Step 8, retro* to August 31, 2009
 
Brown, Daniel, Mathematics, South High, BA Step 1, $40,378 retro* to August 31, 2009
 
Cirillo, Michael, Psychologist, Systemwide, Doc Step8, $74,959 retro* to August 31, 2009
 
*Pursuant to standard hiring agreement, WPS contracts retroactively if teacher secures licensure on or before December 31.
 
0-03   The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below
 
Department Head, Auto Collision, Worcester Technical High School effective August 31, 2009
 
Stefanik, Steven
 
0-04   The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below as follows:
 
Baudin, Joanne, Elementary, Chandler Magnet, effective January 23, 2010-February 12, 2010.
 
Garvey, Suzanne, Health, Systemwide, effective January 4, 2010-April 5, 2010.
 
0-05   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 #309-026, effective as shown:
 
          Mansour, Sarab                  1/4/10
          Hayal, Yasamin                   1/4/10
          Kreka, Arena                      1/4/10
          Frimpong, Hanna                 1/4/10
          Mathieu, Richard                 1/4/10
          Ruiz, Luz                            1/4/10
          Melenciano, Maria               1/4/10
          Brennion, Anna                   1/4/10
          Sarkodie, James                 1/4/10
          Nimley, Lucy                       1/4/10
          Rondeau, Jamie                  1/5/10
          Suarez, Yahaira                  1/5/10
          Jolley, Henry                       1/5/10
          Harris, Carla                       1/5/10
          Dreyer-Altif, Teodora          1/5/10

          Chau, Adam 1/5/10

 
                        
GENERAL BUSINESS
                              
gb #0-15  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                  (January 5, 2010)
 
To review the study of Massachusetts middle schools completed by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, regarding the impact of "detracking" on the academic performance of students.
 
gb #0-16  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                  (January 5, 2010)
 
To consider implementing, if and when financially feasible, the Diplomas Now model, with its use of an early warning system to identify potential dropouts and of an intensive social support network to assist identified students.
 
gb #0-17  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Miss Biancheria
                  (January 5, 2010)
 
To discuss the voluntary national certification program being developed for principals by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, for 2011, and to determine whether the program offers any benefit to the principals and the initiatives of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-18  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (January 5, 2010)
 
To minimize intrusions and interruptions inflicted on classroom teachers and on the instructional time they spend with students, and to review, and address, any policies or practices which interfere with this goal.
 
gb #0-19 - Administration
                (January 11, 2010)
 
To set a date to schedule a legislative breakfast for the Worcester School Committee to discuss budget priorities.
                   
gb #0-20 -   Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                  Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
                   (January 11, 2010)
 
Request that an e-mail be sent to all music teachers by the School Committee thanking them for their time and talent in organizing holiday and post holiday music presentations in their respective schools.
 
gb #0-21 -    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 12, 2010)
 
To publicly congratulate the staff and students at Jacob Hiatt Magnet School, May Street School, Columbus Park Preparatory Academy, Tatnuck Magnet School, Belmont Street Community School and Rice Square School for being identified by the DESE as one of 36 Title 1 schools in the state making significant gains for Limited English Proficiency students.
 
gb #0-22 -    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration work with the School Committee to provide the local delegation a listing of the Worcester Public Schools priorities for FY11.
 
gb #0-23 -    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 12, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent meet with school staff in each building to, introduce herself, talk about the direction of the school system and seek staff input and suggestions.
 
gb #0-24 -    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on how the increase of community funding for the AVID Program has provided increased services for students in the Worcester Public Schools and include a list of the schools with the number of students participating in the program.


gb #0-25 -    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent provide an outline of the strategies, timelines and Budget for the 2010 Summer Programs to include:
 
  • a list of the academic support and MCAS programs
  • the names of community schools that will be open for the summer programs
  • a description of an increased academic partnership outreach for youth employment and
  • a list of paid/unpaid internships
gb #0-26 -    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                    (January 14, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report from the Nutrition Department to include budget funding comparisons between free and reduced lunches versus paid ones and include copies of sample student menus for a one month period.
 
gb #0-27  -  Administration
                  (January 15, 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.