Agenda #3 - February 3, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA #3

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, February 3, 2010
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
 

aor #1-2 - Clerk
                 (January 26, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, January 20, 2011.


 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #1-8.1 -   Administration/Ms. Novick/
                     Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                            (January 14, 2011)
 
To recognize the students, parents, faculty and Administration of the Finn School in Southborough for their generosity to Chandler Elementary School and Mohan Nannapeneni and Suren Nannapeneni for their generous donation of 400 backpacks for students at Chandler Elementary and Union Hill schools.

 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-2 - Administration
                         (January 25, 2011)
 
FY12 BUDGET UPDATE BASED ON THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES 
 
The Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievement met at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2011 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
THE ACTION SHEETS MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 
IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
1-6  The Superintendent has APPROVED
the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of teacher:
 
 
Creamer, Gina, Special Education, Chandler Elementary, BA+15, Step 5, $52,601. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities (Prek-8), effective August 30, 2010.
 
 
DeCaluwe, Susan, Special Education, Systemwide, MA+30, Step 8, $68,027. Licensed: Vision Impairments (K-8), effective January 18, 2011.


 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #0-131.1 - Administration/Administration       
                           (January 25, 2011)
 
Response of the City Clerk to a petition to City Council to remove the parking meters in front of the Parent Information Center and place signs, which would allow individuals to park for 30 to 60 minutes.

Annex A (1 page)

gb #0-167.2 - Administration/Ms. Novick
                            (January 26, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide quarterly reports on how many e-mails are received on the Feedback, Questions and Suggestions section on the Worcester Public Schools’ website and indicate the topics of these e-mails.

Annex A (1 page)


gb #0-273.1 - Administration/Mayor O’Brien
                            (January 26, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to meet with representatives of Youth Villages, Inc. to discuss ways that the Worcester Public Schools can collaborate with their Intercept and Transitional Living programs that provide intensive community based services for high risk children.

Annex A (5 pages)

gb #1-33 -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                        (January 14, 2011)
 
To review the use of the automated telephone call system of the Worcester Public Schools, and to seek the input of parents, students and staff as to the proper frequency, scheduling and purpose of such use.

 
gb #1-34 -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                         (January 18, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize and congratulate the students who were selected and honored as the 2011 scholars of the Worcester County Superintendents’ Association:
 
Henry Ca                       Samantha MacNeal
Jana Dankova                 David Marcano
Emily Ellis                       Enejda Senko
Alexandra Gicas               Amber Ustinovitch
Mylynn Lam                    Phoebe Walsh-Costello

 
gb #1-35 - Mayor O’Brien        
                        (January 19, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on what programs are currently in place for students who are identified with substance abuse issues.

 
gb #1-36 -  Mayor O’Brien
                        (January 19, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration explore the feasibility of replicating in the Worcester Public Schools substance abuse programs that are currently in place in high schools in Springfield, Boston and the North Shore.

 
gb #1-37  -    Mayor O’Brien
                    (January 19, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration discuss with local area educational directors the feasibility of regionalization of special education services for Worcester and surrounding communities.
 
gb #1-38 -    Mayor O’Brien
                    (January 21, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration consider developing a system for parents to receive text messages for school closings and other important messages.


 
 
gb #1-39 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                Ms. Novick
                        (January 24, 2011)
 
Request that a comprehensive investigation be conducted as to the circumstances leading to invalidation of the 2010 MCAS results at the Goddard School of Science and Technology.

Annex A (2 pages)

gb #1-40 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                Miss Biancheria
                        (January 25, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide the 2010 Advanced Placement report for all high schools.

 
gb #1-41 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                Miss Biancheria
                        (January 25, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide the 2010 placement report for all high school seniors.

 
gb #1-42 -  Administration
                        (January 26, 2011)
 
To accept grants from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from Race to the Top, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Annex A (11 pages)

gb #1-43 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                       (January 25, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize Dennis Ferrante, former Director of Adult, Continuing and Community Education, for his 33 years of service in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-44 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Monfredo
                         (January 25, 2011)
 
Request that the Superintendent provide an outline of the strategies, timelines and Budget for the 2011 Summer programs to include:
 
- a list of the academic support and MCAS programs
- a list of the names of the community schools that will provide summer programs
- a description of academic outreach partnerships for youth employment and
 - a list of proposed paid and unpaid internship sites

 
gb #1-45 -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria
                         (January 26, 2011)
 
To request a report from the Superintendent as to her plans to comply with the mandate of the Commissioner of Education that "the Office of the Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools will conduct the 2011 MCAS test administration at the Goddard School", and that "the Office of the Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools will require all Worcester principals and central office administrators to attend a DESE MCAS Administration Security Procedures Training session prior to the administration of the 2011 MCAS administration.”

 
gb #1-46 -  Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria
                         (January 26, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a full accounting of the internal investigation into the 2010 MCAS testing at Belmont Street Community School.
 
 
gb #1-47 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                Mr. Monfredo
                       (January 26, 2011)

To acknowledge the North high school principal, staff members, facilities personnel, safety department, City of Worcester DPW and City Water Department for their assistance to resolve the water main break at North High School, with no interruption to classroom instruction.

 
gb #1-48 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                        (January 26, 2011)
 
Request that the School Committee forward a letter of thanks to Professor John Wilkes from WPI and chair of the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for inviting seven fifth grade classes to WPI for a workshop presentation entitled the “Fifth Grade Science MCAS Review Day on the Moon.”

 
gb #1-49 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                Ms. Novick
                       (January 26, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration schedule Legislative meetings with the local delegation during the months of March and May and consider scheduling four meetings with them during the next school year.
 
gb #1-50 -  Administration
                        (January 26, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize Mark Brophy, Staffing and Mentor Coordinator, for being elected as the President of the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) to provide the highest standards in educator preparation, recruitment, hiring and retention.

Annex A (1 page)


gb #1-51 -  Administration
                 (January 26, 2011)
 
To develop a policy regarding prevention and management of sports-related head injuries within the school district or school.

 
gb #1-52 -  Administration
                       (January 28, 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.