Agenda #6 - March 3, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA # 6

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, March 3, 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 Paul Frechette 
               Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #1-6 - Clerk
                 (February 23, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 17, 2011.


 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  -   
                                NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #1-26.1 -Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                            Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                            Mayor O’Brien
                            (January 26, 2011)
 
To recognize Dr. Leonard Morse for his years of outstanding service as the Public Health Commissioner for the City of Worcester.
 
gb #1-57.1  - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Mr. O’Connell/Mayor O’Brien/
                     Miss Biancheria 
                             (February 23, 2011)
 
To recognize Edwin Shea, Market President of Bank of America for the bank’s donation of $50,000 to the Main South Promise Neighborhood Program.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-3 - Administration
                        (February 23, 2011)
 
2009-10 ANNUAL REPORTS ON GRADUATION RATES AND DROPOUTS

VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
c&p #1-2 - Clerk
                        (February 23, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding the Superintendent’s Progress Report on District Initiatives.

 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING 
         COMMITTEE  

The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 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 
      
1-7     The Superintendent has APPROVED the
          APPOINTMENT of the persons named 
          below to the position of teacher:
 
Giaya, Tefta, Science, Worcester Technical High, BA Step 8, $60,059, Licensed: Physics (8-12), effective February 14, 2011
 
Hayes, Lauren, Retail and Financial Management Instructor, Worcester Technical High, VL2A, Step 5, $53,703, Licensed: Marketing (9-14), effective February 7, 2011
 
Irizarry, Noeliz, Special Education, Union Hill, BA+15 Step 3, $48,050, Licensed: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8), effective February 14, 2011
 
Staples, Christie, Special Education, Union Hill, BA Step 2, $42,649, Licensed: Moderate Disabilities (Prek-8), effective February 9, 2011
 
1-8   The Superintendent has Provisionally
         Appointed the person named below to the 
         position of Word Processor, permanent/
         fulltime at a salary of $20,041.76
        (minimum) to $24,378.10 (maximum), 
        effective as follows:
 
          Porcaro, Tara                    1/24/11
 
1-9   The Superintendent has Provisionally
         Appointed the person named below to the
         position of Word Processor, permanent/
        fulltime at a salary of $16.75/hour
        (minimum) to $19.52/hour (maximum),
        effective as follows:
 
Haddad, Shelli                   1/31/11
 
1-10  The Superintendent has Appointed the 
         person named below to the position of
         Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent
         at a salary of $10.88 per hour, from Civil
         Service List #310-023, effective as follows:
 
Madera, Sandra                2/11/11
 
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #1-44.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                         (February 23, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to 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
Annex A (2 pages)
gb #1-65 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
               Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                       Mr. Monfredo/Mayor O’Brien
                      (February 11, 2011)
 
To review the findings of the parent/guardian survey for children who receive special education services which are currently being compiled as part of the periodic audit of special education programs and services in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
 
gb #1-66 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O’Connell
                        (February 22, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the initiatives in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) taking place at all grade levels in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
 
gb #1-67 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O’Connell
                       (February 22, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration forward a letter of recognition on behalf of the School Committee to a representative of Clear Channel Outdoor of Stoneham for its support in helping to raise awareness relative to the Anti-Bullying Law.

 
gb #1-68 -  Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. O’Connell
                        (February 22, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration consider as a language arts idea to conduct Poem in Your Pocket Days on April 14th and 15th as part of National Poetry Month and supported by the Academy of American Poets.  In addition, request that this idea be sent to the Worcester Public Library and to the Poetry Association in Worcester.
 
 
Annex A (4 pages)


gb #1-69 - Administration
                        (February 22, 2011)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $56.00 made payable to the Maxine Levy Scholarship Fund.

 
gb #1-70 - Administration
                        (February 25, 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.