Agenda #26 - November 17, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA # 26


The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, November 17, 2011
at:    6:00 p.m. – Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Conference Room, Worcester Technical
        High School



ORDER OF BUSINESS
ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING
 

INVOCATION - Pastor Robert Ochoa

                Lake View Congregational Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #1-25 -  Clerk
                    (November 9, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, November 3, 2011.

 
IV.    MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION 

c&p #1-9.1 - Mr. Monfredo/Clerk
                     (November 4, 2011)
 
To reconsider the following item:
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding the Asian longhorned beetles.

gb #1-293 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O’Connell           
                    (November 7, 2011)
 
To reconsider the vote to approve the amendment to the Superintendent’s contract.

V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #1-280.1 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                       Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell/
                       Miss Biancheria
                       (November 8, 2011)
 
To recognize the members of the Quinsigamond Village Advisory Committee for their tireless involvement in the building of the new state-of-the-art, multi-age, handicapped accessible playground at Quinsigamond School.
 
 
VI.    REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-9.1 - Ms. Novick/Administration
                    (November 8, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to only the following motion:
 
Request that the Administration provide a chart indicating the class size in each elementary classroom.
 
         ros #1-13.1 - Administration
                               (November 8, 2011)
 
NEW TEACHER EDUCATOR EVALUATION REQUIREMENT
 
VII.    COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS   
   
c&p #1-11 -  Clerk
                     (November 9, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding the review process and performance of the Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
c&p #1-12 -  Clerk
                     (November 9, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from members of the Worcester Education Collaborative regarding the Superintendent’s contract.
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  - 
                                 
                             NONE

THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 






IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
1-56  The Superintendent has APPROVED the
 RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Carrillo, Godofredo, School Adjustment Counselor, Systemwide, effective November 3, 2011
 
Kneeland, Nancy, English As A Second Language, Systemwide, effective November 4, 2011
 
Gonynor, Charlene, Vocational, Worcester Technical, effective November 5, 2011
 
1-57 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the person named below to the effective as follows:
           
Guitierrez, Jabian, Wraparound Coordinator, Sullivan Middle, BA Step 4 $49,455, effective October 31, 2011. License: N/A
           
Lamon, Leah, Focused Instructional Coach, Quinsigamond, MA, Step 8, $66,772, plus FIC stipend of $2,841, effective November 8, 2011. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #1-285.1 -    Administration/Mayor O'Brien
                             (November 8, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update on the status of cheerleading at the high school level.

 

 
gb #1-288 -   Miss Biancheria
                   (November 3, 2011)
 
Request that the School Committee discuss at the November 17 2011 meeting, the appropriate siting of School Committee meetings during the time that City Hall is not available.
 
gb #1-289 -  Mayor O'Brien
                  (November 4, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide parents who are filling out CORI forms with information in English and Spanish that outlines the reason for completion of such a form and people with whom they can speak regarding the process and/or appeals process. It was further requested that information regarding the appeals process be provided to those who fail the CORI.

 
 gb #1-290 -   Mr. O'Connell
                     (November 4, 2011)
 
To review the "transparency report" as to the website of the Worcester Public Schools, prepared by the Sunshine Review of Alexandria, Virginia.
 
gb #1-291  - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                  (November 4, 2011)
 
Request that the School Committee forward congratulatory letters to the “2011 Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools” as selected by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation and to Foundation for establishing this recognition program.

 
gb #1-292 -   Administration
                   (November 7, 2011)
 
To accept a competitive federal grant in the amount of $407,175 to support the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #1-294 -  Miss Biancheria
                  (November 9, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. and his staff for their help in improving the buildings and grounds of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-295 -   Miss Biancheria
                   (November 9, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the Challenge and Reach Program which is housed at the Fanning Building to include the number of students enrolled, their school of origin, class size and placement process.
 
gb #1-296 -  Administration
                  (November 10, 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.