Agenda #29 - December 19, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA #29

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Monday, December 19, 2011
at:    4:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        5:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Conference Room at Wocester Technical High School



ORDER OF BUSINESS
ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETINGINVOCATION -
Reverend Khatchadour Boghossian
Armenian Apostolic Holy Trinity

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #1-27 -   Clerk
                     (December 6, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 1, 2011.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #1-328  - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Mrs. Mullaney/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O’Connell                      
                 (December 7, 2011)
 
To recognize Mayor O’Brien for his years of dedicated service to the Worcester Public Schools.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-9.2 - Administration/Ms. Novick  
                  (December 8, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to only the following motion:
 
Request that the Administration provide a chart indicating the class size in each secondary classroom.
 
ros #1-13.3 - Administration/Administration
                  (December 6, 2011)
 
 
NEW TEACHER EDUCATOR EVALUATION REQUIREMENT
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 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 
    
1-59  The Superintendent has APPROVED the 
         RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
           
Canizalez, Martha, Bilingual, Systemwide, effective November 30, 2011
Jardine, Mary, Assistant Principal, Canterbury, effective December 1, 2011
Mysliwiec, Annette, Special Education, Woodward, effective December 2, 2011
Pappas, Thomas, Principal, Tatnuck Magnet, effective December 3, 3011
 
 
1-60  The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
         RESIGNATION of the person named below:
 
Stanley, David Special Education, Elm Park, effective December 3, 2011
 
 
1-61  The Superintendent has APPROVED the 
          LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the person named
          below:
             
Ledoux, Leann, English, South, from November 28, 2011-June 30, 2012.
 
1-62  The Superintendent has APPROVED the 
          APPOINTMENT of the persons named
          below to the effective as follows:
 
Aghdam, Michelle, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, MA+15 Step 5, $58,406 effective December 1, 2011. Licensed: ESL Prek-6.
Galante, Maria, Graphics, Worcester Technical, VL4 Step 8, $67,990 effective November 28, 2011. Licensed: Design and Visual Com 9-14.
Kline, Larissa, Psychologist, Systemwide, MA Step 4, $54,917, effective November 28, 2011. Licensed: School Psychologist, all levels.
Westerman-Murray, Kara, Speech, Systemwide, MA+15 Step 4, $56,132 effective December 5, 2011. Licensed: Speech Language Disorders, all levels.
 
1-63 The Superintendent has provisionally 
         appointed the persons named below to the
         position of Junior Custodian, 
         permanent/fulltime at a salary of $14.12
         (minimum) to $18.82 (maximum), per
         hour, effective as follows:
 
Jolin, Andrew             11/7/11
Cesaitis, Robert          11/7/11
Rodriguez, Jesus         11/7/11
Diaz, Mathew              11/7/11
Sweeney, Ryan           11/14/11
Stolberg, Paul             11/21/11
Wamback, Kenneth      11/21/11
Brunelle, Daniel           12/5/11
 
 
1-64  The Superintendent has appointed the 
         person named below to the position of
        School Bus Attendant, permanent at a
        salary of $14.14 minimum per hour to
        $15.05 maximum per hour, from Civil 
        Service List #311-020, effective as follows:
 
 Colon, Judith            11/15/11
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #1-288.1 -  Administration/Miss Biancheria
                     (December 6, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to forward a letter on behalf of the Superintendent and School Committee to Channel 3 requesting its willingness to broadcast live School Committee meetings from various high schools in the City until the renovation of the City Hall garage is complete.
Annex A (1 page)

gb #1-299.1  - Administration/Ms. Novick
                     (December 7, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to 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.
Annex A (12 pages)
gb #1-322 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                  (November 29, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration consider an "early warning system" plan to target students most at risk of dropping out.
  
 
gb #1-323 -  Mayor O'Brien
                  (November 30, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update on efforts to expand Professional Development programming for Instructional Assistants.

 
gb #1-324 -  Mayor O'Brien
                  (November 30, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration and the School Committee explore the idea of adding an additional "Highly Qualified" stipend to the Instructional Assistants Contract as part of next year’s budget discussion.

 
gb #1-325 -  Ms. Novick
                  (December 1, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration report on the Fall 2011 school accountability plans.
 
 
gb #1-326 -   Administration
                   (December 7, 2011)
 
Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employee as a School Nurse:
 
Schiavone, Ashley Nurse, Systemwide, BA Step 2 $43,331 effective, October 3, 2011
 
 
gb #1-327 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                  Mr. O’Connell/Mayor O’Brien/
                  Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick
                 (December 7, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for painting done in the gymnasium area at Doherty Memorial High School and for a generous donation of $5,000 to the school for physical education equipment to be placed in the weight room.
 
 
gb #1-329 -  Administration
                  (December 7, 2011)
 
To consider a reduction in the FY12 Budget in the amount of $769,202 resulting from the final state budget for charter school tuition assessments and reimbursements and approve the revised FY12 Budget in the amount of $273,087,211.
 
Annex A (1 Page)
gb #1-330 -  Administration
                  (December 7, 2011)
 
To consider a communication relative to the Natural Gas Contract for the Worcester Public Schools.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-331 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                  Miss Biancheria
                  (December 7, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration coordinate additional services with the United Way and other social agencies to determine ways to assist homeless children in our school system.
 
 
gb #1-332 - Administration
                  (December 9, 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.