Agenda #13 - April 28, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA #13

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, April 28, 2011
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 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
 
aor #1-10 -  Clerk
                            (April 12, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
 
        aor #1-11 - Clerk
                           (April 12, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the joint School Committee and City Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
         
aor #1-12 - Clerk
                           (April 12, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, April 7, 2011.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE


 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  

The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 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 
      
1-15.1   Held on April 7, 2011 for the School
             Committee meeting on Thursday, April 
             28, 2011.
The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the person named below to the position of Testing and Evaluation Specialist:

Kavanaugh, Maureen, Durkin Administration Building, $85,649.00, effective 3/23/11
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #0-51.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                  Mayor O’Brien
                  (April 20, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to forward the draft recess policy to various constituents for feedback and provide it to the full School Committee in the Spring of 2011.
Annex A (3 pages)
gb #1-98.1 - Administration/Mr. O’Connell
                          (April 13, 2011)
 
To nominate a candidate for the Past President's Scholarship of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

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gb #1-106.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                           (April 13, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the partnership meeting that was held at the EcoTarium to include the names and addresses of the partners who attended the meeting and the number of new partnerships that resulted from this meeting.

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Annex A (5 pages)
gb #1-108.1 - Administration/Administration
                           (April 13, 2011)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $33,778 from the College of the Holy Cross to support an At-Risk Youth Empowerment Initiative from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-113 - Administration
                         (April 4, 2011)
 
To hold a public hearing on the following proposed Innovation Plans:
 
-    Chandler Magnet School
-    Goddard Scholars Academy
-    Goddard School of Science and  
     Technology
-    University Park Campus School
-    Woodland Academy

 
gb #1-114 - Administration
                         (April 4, 2011)
 
To accept a donation of 2000 tickets from the Worcester Tornadoes for a value of approximately $10,000 to benefit certain qualified students who participated in the “Home Run Club” Reading Program.
 
gb #1-115 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                         (April 4, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize Dorothy Hargrove, Jill Pellegrini and Dr. Denise O'Connell for their decade of dedication to the Worcester Public Schools through the federal "Meeting the Challenge Grant," by which they trained and assisted one hundred prospective teachers to obtain their licenses in special education instruction, thus strengthening and enhancing the education of special needs children in Worcester.

 
gb #1-116 - Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                         (April 12, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration investigate ways to strengthen summer reading opportunities for children and reach out to the community for assistance.
 
gb #1-117 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                  Ms. Novick
                 (April 12, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize the Worcester Public Schools’ Nurse of the Year.
 
gb #1-118 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Novick
                 (April 12, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration, on behalf of the School Committee, send an e-mail to all school nurses to recognize them during “National Nurses’ Day – May 11” to thank them for their dedication, their time and effort in making a difference in the lives of the children and their families.
 
 
gb #1-119 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Novick
                        (April 12, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize the Worcester Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year and the finalists.

 
gb #1-120 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Novick
                       (April 12, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration, on behalf of the School Committee, send an e-mail to all WPS teachers and staff members to recognize them during “Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2nd to May 6th” and National Teachers‘ Day, May 4th” to thank them for their dedication, their time and effort and for their success in making a difference in the lives of the children in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
  gb #1-121 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                          (April 12, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration send out a Connect-ED-message the week of May 16, 2011, to middle and high school designated contacts promoting the Worcester Police Department Youth Summit to be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2011, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Worcester Technical High School.
 
 
gb #1-122 - Administration
                         (April 12, 2011)
 
To accept a competitive grant and donation of life sciences equipment and supplies totaling $85,829 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for the Veterinary Outreach Program at Worcester Technical High School.

Annex A (3 pages)
gb #1-123 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                 Mayor O’Brien
                        (April 14, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize the Community Service Learning Council of South High Community School for their service-learning project which awards seventeen mini grants, in the amount of $18,000, to local non-profit organizations to benefit youth in the city and local community organizations.



 
gb #1-124 - Mayor O’Brien/Mr. Foley
                         (April 14, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update to the School Committee on the budget impacts on special education programs to include plans to reduce the number of special education aides in the schools.

 
gb #1-125  - Administration
                          (April 19, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $335.00 in memory of Carolyn Currie made payable to Claremont Academy to establish an annual scholarship.
Backup
gb #1-126 - Administration
                         (April 19, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $275.63 from the Community Crusade for Children’s Kiducation Fund.

Backup
gb #1-127 - Administration
                         (April 20, 2011)
 
To accept a competitive grant in the amount of $800.00 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) STARS Residencies grant program for a school residency with the Worcester Art Museum at Heard Street School.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-128 - Administration
                         (April 20, 2011)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the got breakfast? Foundation Silent Hero grant to implement a breakfast-in-the-classroom program at Chandler Elementary School.
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #1-129 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mr. O’Connell
                        (April 20, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration present to the School Committee the current Bullying Plan of the Worcester Public Schools, as requested by the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports, to include the schedule of professional development/training.

 
gb #1-130 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                         (April 19, 2011)
 
To review, and, if appropriate, to submit comments, on the regulations proposed by the Commissioner of Education regarding teacher evaluation.

 
gb #1-131 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
                        (April 20, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration seek from the City Manager information regarding the replacement of the Assistant City Solicitor who handles the school suspensions hearings and other relevant business.

 
gb #1-132 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mr. O’Connell
                         (April 20, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the Alternative and Fanning Building Programs to include the organizational charts.
 
gb #1-133 - Mayor O’Brien/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick
                  (April 20, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration analyze the cost to renovate South High Community School, Doherty Memorial High School and Burncoat High School, similar to the work that was done at Forest Grove Middle School. It was further requested to seek information on the current process for state reimbursement for school renovation projects.
 
 
gb #1-134 - Mayor O’Brien/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick
                        (April 20, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report from the office of Special Education on the rationale for the elimination of 51 special education aides and the moving of the life skills program at Doherty Memorial High School.

 
gb #1-135 - Administration
                         (April 20, 2011)
 
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.