Agenda #23 - October 6, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA #23

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, October 6, 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 - Reverend Clyde Talley
                      AME Zion Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 
aor #1-22 -  Clerk
                            (September 26, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, September 15, 2011.
 

 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #1-217.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Mayor O’Brien
                    (September 28, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the number of participants, locations, partners and credits received in reference to the summer programs to include middle and high school Summer Schools, Building Brighter Futures, College Community Connection Program and the College of the Holy Cross and to recognize the individuals that sponsored and supported the summer school programs.
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-10 - Administration
                           (September 28, 2011)
 
REPORT ON THE 2011 MCAS DATA
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE

   
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
                       NONE



IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
1-42 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Constantinou, Joan, Elementary, Woodland, effective June 30, 2011
Moran, Terrance, Physical Education, Systemwide, effective August 31, 2011
Prestes, Joseph, Assistant Principal, Lincoln Street, effective September 10, 2011
Whittaker, Russell, Music, Doherty, effective September 16, 2011
 
 
1-43 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
RESIGNATION of the persons named below:
 
Peppersack, Alana, Special Education, South, effective September 12, 2011
 
 
1-44 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the following positions effective as follows:
           
Case, Daniel, Mathematics Department Head, North, stipend of $2,122 effective August 29, 2011
 
Cellularo, Gloria Jean, Focused Instructional Coach, South High, stipend of $2,841 effective August 29, 2011
 
Galicia, Jean-Paul, Foreign Language Department Head, North, stipend of $1,591 effective September 26, 2011.
 
 
1-45 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the person named below:
 
Clapp, Paula, Special Education, Midland Street, from August 29, 2011-June 30, 2012.
 
1-46 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of Teacher effective as follows:
 
Alitz-Polga, Karen, Special Education, Systemwide, MA Step 8, $66,772 effective September 12, 2011. Licensed: Behavior Analyst
Brazile, Suzanna, Elementary, Thorndyke, BA Step 2, $43,899 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed:Elementary 1-6.
Burroughs, Alexandre, Special Education, Gates Lane, MA Step 4, $54,917 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Severe Disabilites All levels.
Castell, Rochelle, Special Education, Systemwide, MA+15, Step 7, $62,957 effective September 12, 2011. Licensed: Behavior Analyst
Charbonneau, Deanna, Kindergarten, Chandler Elem, BA Step 2, $43,899 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: ECH Prek-2.
Clark, Caitlyn, Special Education, Nelson Place, MA, Step 3, $52,642 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.
Cook, Maegan, Elementary, Roosevelt, MA Step 1, $47,091 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Cortes, Bryant, Wraparound, University Park, MA, Step 5, $57,192 effective September 19, 2011. Licensed: N/A
Cote, Louis, English, Worcester Technical, BA, Step 3, $47,182 effective September 6, 2011. Licensed: English 8-12.
Cotter, Mary, Elementary, Norrback, BA Step 2 $43,899 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Diaz, Lynnette, Special Education, Chandler Magnet, MA+30 Step 8, $69,677. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.
Drummond, Tucker, English, Worcester Technical, English, DOC, Step 8, $76,959. Licensed: English 5-12.
Harrington, Erin, Special Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 8, $66,772 effective September 12, 2011. Licensed: Behavior Analyst
Jacques, Katherine, Elementary, Midland, BA Step 3, $47,182 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed:Elementary 1-6.
Lorion, Kelly, Elementary, Quinsigamond, BA+15, Step 6, $56,126 effective September 6, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Lugin, AnnMarie, Special Education, Burncoat Middle, MA+15, Step 8, $67,990 effective August 29, 2011, Licensed: Special Needs Prek-9.
Martinez, Patzy, Elementary, Woodland, BA Step 2, $43,899 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Early Childhood PreK-2.
Morin, Stella, Special Education, Gates Lane, MA Step 4, $54,917. Licensed: Severe Disabilities All Levels.
Paoletti, Ronald, Science, Worcester Technical, MA+15, Step 9, $72,504 effective August 29, 2011
Licensed: Biology 9-12.
Prunier, Meghan, Elementary, Roosevelt, BA Step 7, $56,279 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Renzullo, Jessica, Elementary, Quinsigamond, MA, Step 5, $57,192 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Robinson, Beth, Elementary, Belmont Street, BA, Step 8, $61,309 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Ruggieri, Maureen, Union Hill, ESL, BA Step 2, $43,899 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Early Childhood K-3
Simpson, Jill, Elementary, Norrback, MA Step 1, $47,091 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Smith, Karen, Elementary, Norrback, MA, Step 8, $66,772 effective September 1, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Snow, Allyson, Elementary, Nelson Place, MA, Step 5, $57,192 effective September 6, 2011. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
Wynja, Kimberly, Mathematics, South, MA Step 5, $57,192 effective August 29, 2011. Licensed: Mathematics 5-12.
 
 
1-47 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the person named below to the position of Director of Intramural and Interscholastic Athletics effective September 6, 2011:
 
Shea, David, Group 5, Step 7, $94,960. License:N/A
 
1-48 The Superintendent has appointed the
person named below to the position of School Bus Attendant, permanent at a salary of $14.14 minimum to $15.05 maximum, per hour, from Civil Service List #311-020, effective as follows:
 
Davila, Jacqueline          9/19/11
Montanez, Luis 9/19/11
 

 

 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #1-54.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell        
                  (September 28, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide evidence of phone coverage at our schools at dismissal time.

Annex A (8 pages)
gb #1-218.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                    (September 23, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report in October 2011 on the Summer YouthWorks Program in partnership with the City of Worcester and Worcester Community Action Council to include the number of participants per school and a summary from Worcester Community Action Council of the work-based learning plan forms.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-256 -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Foley/
                   Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                   (September 14, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize the work of the volunteers who cleaned and beautified the yard and surrounding areas (playground, practice field, basketball court, Scales Memorial) of Nelson Place School on August 23rd, which was completed by the Residential Life Department of Assumption College, the Storm Water Management Team of the City of Worcester, the Worcester Public Works and Parks Department, the Indian Lake Watershed Association, and the parents, PTO, and staff of the school.

 
gb #1-257 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell/
                  Miss Biancheria
                  (September 19, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration consider hiring additional instructional aides for kindergarten classes with 20 or more students to offset the growth in this year’s enrollment.

 
gb #1-258 -  Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria
                  (September 20, 2011)
 
To consider the inclusion of humane education topics, including those featured by the Kids Consortium of Auburn, Maine, and the "Unleashed" program of New York City, into character education initiatives in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-259 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                   (September 21, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration review the Family Handbook to determine if it needs to be updated and to share the document with parent organizations.

 
gb #1-260 -  Administration
                  (September 22, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $183.38 from the Community Crusade for Children’s Kiducation Fund.

 
gb #1-261 - Administration
                 (September 22, 2011)
 
Request that the School Committee authorize the Superintendent to act as its representative for filing applications for the federal FY11 Impact Aid through PL-874 funds.

 
gb #1-262 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                  Miss Biancheria
                 (September 23, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration and the School Committee forward a letter to the South High Band Director Johnetta Smith and her students for being selected by Governor Deval Patrick to represent the State of Massachusetts in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on July 4th 2012.

 
gb #1-263 -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria
                  (September 27, 2011)
 
To meet with Leka Bezhani, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Albanian School in Worcester, to discuss options for cooperation between the Albanian School and the Worcester Public Schools to their mutual benefit.

 
gb #1-264 -  Administration
                  (September 27, 2011)
 
To approve prior year invoices in the amount of $11,120.73.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-265 -   Administration
                   (September 27, 2011)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $60,000.00 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for an Academic Support (School Year) Grant.
 
Annex A (7 pages)
gb #1-266 -  Administration
                  (September 27, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $50.00 made payable to the Maxine Levy Scholarship Fund.

 
gb #1-267 - Administration
                 (September 28, 2011)
 
Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employees as School Nurses effective as shown:
 
Goggins, Gina, Nurse, Norrback Ave, BA Step 1 $41,105, effective August 29, 2011
Carrigan, Liza, Nurse, Systemwide, BA Step 1 $41,105, effective August 30, 2011
Carlo, Kristin, Nurse, Forest Grove Middle, BA Step 1 $41,105, effective September 16, 2011

Annex A (7 pages)
gb #1-268 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick
                 (September 28, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation to the City Manager, the many businesses, neighborhood organizations and school groups that were involved in building of the Union Hill School playground area.

 
gb #1-269 -  Administration
                  (September 30, 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.