Agenda #8 - February 25, 2010

School Committee

AGENDA #8

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   February 25, 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 Noel Williamson
                    Pleasant Street Baptist Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION 

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #0-29.1  - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                     Mr. Monfredo
                     (February 10, 2010)
 
To recognize Ted Coghlin for being selected as the Grand Marshal of the 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
 
gb #0-30.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                     Mr. Monfredo
                     (February 10, 2010)
 
To recognize Michael Lyons for being selected to receive the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s Agnes Sheehan Community Service Award.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #0-5 - Administration
                  (February 11, 2010)
 
OVERVIEW OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM FOR WORCESTER
 
ros #0-6 - Administration
                  (February 11, 2010)
 
COORDINATED PROGRAM REVIEW REPORT
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:10 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 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
             
0-08   The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below:
 
Evaluation Team Chairperson, Systemwide, effective January 25, 2010
                             
Gould, Derek
         
0-09   The Superintendent has provisionally appointed the person named below to the position of Word Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $18,148.76 (minimum) to $25,116.12 (maximum), effective 1/25/10:
 
            Traci Hargrave
 
0-10   The Superintendent has provisionally appointed the person named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $13.10 (minimum) to $18.82 (maximum), per hour, effective 1/25/10:
 
            William Greene
 
0-11   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:
 
 Azhar Gatea          1/22/10
 Sherry Jackson      1/26/10
 Blanca Mejia          1/29/10
 William O’Connor   1/29/10
 Ramona Mejia       1/29/10

 

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS
                             
 gb #0-48 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                   Mr. O'Connell/Mayor O'Brien
                  (February 1, 2010)
 
To consider endorsement and support of the North High School Alumni selling of bricks for engraving purposes to be incorporated in the entrance of the walkway of the new North High School as a means of raising money to support funding for scholarships.
 
gb #0-49 -   Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
                   (February 1, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent utilize Connect Ed to inform and encourage parental participation in the 2010 Census.
 
gb #0-50 -   Mr. Monfredo
                   (February 8, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration update the School Committee on the “Shore Up” efforts for Nelson Place School since 2005 and provide a timetable for replacing the building.
 
gb #0-51 -   Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
                   (February 9, 2010)
 
To develop a policy regarding school recess times, which will provide for regularly scheduled daily recess, with opportunities for all students to enjoy outdoor physical activity and recreation during such times.
 
gb #0-52 -   Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Miss Biancheria
                   (February 11, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration review the policy on anti-bullying and provide a report on any proposed expansion of the program.
 
gb #0-53 -   Mayor O’Brien/Ms. Novick/
                    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (February 12, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider the use of Twitter and Facebook, along with other social media, in communicating with the public.
 
gb #0-54 -   Mayor O’Brien/Mr. O’Connell
                   (February 12, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider making Civics classes mandatory at the high school level.
 
gb #0-55 -   Mrs. Mullaney
                   (February 17, 2010)
 
To grant Advanced Placement credit to students who take a course/courses at area colleges.
 
gb #0-56 -   Mrs. Mullaney
                   (February 17, 2010)
 
To list the Independent Study Physical Education option on the high
school course selection sheets.
 
gb #0-57 -   Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo
                   (February 17, 2010)
 
To reinforce the protocol for notifying the Mayor and School Committee, through the Clerk of the School Committee, regarding any situations that interfere with the normal day-to-day operations of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #0-58 - Mayor O’Brien
                  (February 17, 2010)
 
Request that the Superintendent compile a report in the next 45 – 60 days that inventories the capital needs of all our school buildings. That list should create a priority system for each building.
 
gb #0-59 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                  (February 17, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider adding, in light of the new smokeless tobacco products on the market, additional language to the student handbook and invite a member of the Worcester Health Department to a School Committee meeting to discuss these tobacco products and the harmful effects that it has on our students.
gb #0-60  - Administration
                   (February 18, 2010)
 
To accept donations totaling $9,201.00 for the replacement of supplies and materials for Belmont Street Community School.
 
gb #0-61  - Administration
                   (February 19, 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.