Agenda #27 - December 1, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA #27

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thurday, December 1, 2011
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Conference Room at Wocester Technical High School



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

INVOCATION - Reverend Jose Encarnacion

                      Christian Community Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #1-26 -  Clerk
                    (November 23, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, November 17, 2011.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #1-280.2 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                     Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria
                     (November 21, 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.
 
gb #1-294.1 -  Administration/Miss Biancheria
                     (November 21, 2011)
 
To recognize District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. and his staff for their help in improving the facilities of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-13.2 - Administration/Administration
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
NEW TEACHER EDUCATOR EVALUATION REQUIREMENT
 
ros #1-14 -  Administration
                  (November 21, 2011)
 
EVNIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM UPDATE
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
   
c&p #1-9.2 - Clerk
                   (November 18, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding the Asian longhorned beetles.
 
c&p #1-13 -  Clerk
                   (November 18, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from Burncoat Street Preparatory School Council members regarding a request to institute a school uniform policy.

VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 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 
      
1-58 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the person named below to the effective as follows:
 
Howes, Erin, Special Education, South High, BA+15, Step 2, $46,021 effective November 14, 2011. Licensed: Severe Disabilities.
 
McMahon, Kathleen, Special Education, South High, BA+15, Step 3, $49,300, effective October 25, 2011. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities 8-12.
 
Pantazis, Nicole, Elementary, Columbus Park, BA, Step 1, $41,628, effective November 10, 2011. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.
 
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #8-180.3  -  Administration/Mr. O'Connell
                      (November 21, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to interact with principals as to interest in establishing chapters of the National Elementary Honor Society in their schools and provide the responses in a report in December 2011.
 
Backup
gb #1-5.2 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mr. O'Connell
                  (November 21, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide additional information regarding the Solid Foundation Program indicating how the meetings will be conducted to involve parents and feedback from them.
 
Backup

gb #1-298 -   Ms. Novick
                   (November 18, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration seek, on a voluntary basis, those families with a military member in active service in order to offer them support services. Further request that the Administration consider participating in the “Staying Strong” pilot through Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation.
 
Annex A (1 page)

gb #1-299  -   Ms. Novick
                    (November 18, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration forward a list of members of all site councils, specifying the role of each member. Further request that the Administration make these lists public and accessible at all schools.
 
 
gb #1-300 -   Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                    (November 21, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration coordinate student after school needs, particularly regarding transportation, with Youth Connect.

 
gb #1-301 -   Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                    (November 21, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration discuss with "Stand Up for Kids" how the Worcester Public Schools can best work with the group on youth homelessness.
 
 
gb #1-302 -  Administration
                  (November 21, 2011)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the Executive Office of Education to support the Innovation Plan at the Goddard School of Science and Technology.

Annex A (3 pages)
gb #1-303 -  Administration
                  (November 21, 2011)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the Head Start Body Start Program.
 
Annex A (5 pages)
gb #1-304 -  Administration
                  (November 21, 2011)
 
To review the Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures for the Student Activity Funds for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, as prepared by Sullivan, Rodgers & Company, LLC.

Annex A (14 pages)
gb #1-305 -  Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To review and support the proposed “Fix America’s Schools Today (‘FAST’) Act”, Senate Bill No. 1597, as proposed by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), which would appropriate $25 billion to help to fund infrastructure repairs and modernization of public schools.
 
gb #1-306 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To consider implementation of the News Literacy Project in the Worcester Public Schools.
  
Backup
gb #1-307 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To investigate options for enhancing civics instruction in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-308 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To review the Administration’s plan, and timeline, for improvement of science MCAS scores in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-309  -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo
                    (November 21, 2011)
 
To congratulate Tracy O’Connell Novick on her election as Vice Chair of Division IX (Urban School Districts) of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

 
gb #1-310 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To invite the City Manager and the City Council to complete an independent audit of the financial records of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-311 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To review the policy of the Worcester Public Schools as to “Athletes and Participants in School-Related Activities," and to determine, with the advice of secondary school principals and interested staff, the impact of the policy on school teams, on school attendance, on athlete academic performance, and on dropout prevention initiatives.

 
gb #1-312 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 21, 2011)
 
To consider increasing the number of Mathematics credits required for graduation from the Worcester high schools from 3 to 4, insofar as feasible.
 
 
gb #1-313 -   Mr. O'Connell
                   (November 22, 2011)
 
To meet with the South Middlesex Opportunity Council ("SMOC") to establish a plan which protects the children attending the Worcester Public Schools from any adverse impact resulting from operation of a triage center by SMOC at the former Anna Maria Rest Home, at 1398 Main Street.

 
gb #1-314 -   Mr. O'Connell
                   (November 22, 2011)
 
To establish a competitive bid or RFP process for any siting of clothing drop off recycle containers by private entities on property of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-315 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 22, 2011)
 
To install replacement partitions to separate classroom areas at South High Community School.
 
 
gb #1-316   - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell
                   (November 22, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the Safety procedures and staff attendance requirements that will be put into place at future athletic events and to include the Worcester Police Department and Safety Office on developed safety protocols.

 
gb #1-317  - Administration
                   (November 22, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $476.00 made payable to Tatnuck Magnet School. 
 
 
gb #1-318 -  Administration
                  (November 23, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $5,000.00 made payable to Worcester Technical High School from the American Antiquarian Society.

 
gb #1-319 -  Administration
                  (November 23, 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.