Agenda #8 - March 17, 2011

School Committee

AGENDA # 8

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, March 17, 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 Susan Nachtigal
                       Trinity Lutheran Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #1-7 - Clerk
                  (March 8, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 3, 2011.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION - NONE
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #1-4 - Administration
                         (March 8, 2011)
 
DISTRICT REDESIGN PLAN AS PART OF THE LEVEL 4 APPLICATION FOR SCHOOL REDESIGN GRANT
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
                      NONE
THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP


IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
1-11 The Superintendent has APPROVED
 the APPOINTMENT of the persons 
 named below to the following
 positions:
 
       Lito, Irgena, Mathematics Department
 Head, Worcester East Middle, stipend of $1,591, effective March 1, 2011
         
Meyers, David, Head Guidance Counselor, Forest Grove Middle, stipend of $2,652, effective March 1, 2011
      
Olney, Katherine, Facilitator/ Instructional Coach, Forest Grove Middle, stipend of $2,841 effective March 1, 2011
         
Quist, Joanne, Facilitator/Instructional Coach, Sullivan Middle, stipend of $2,841, effective March 1, 2011
         
Reitzell, Ann, English Department Head, Burncoat High, stipend of $2,122, effective March 1, 2011
 
1-12 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:
 
       Vega-Muñiz, Maribel   2/22/11
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #0-283.1 - Administration/Mr. Foley
                            (March 9, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to inform the members of the Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester community about the opportunity to nominate someone for the Worcester Research Bureau’s prestigious Thomas Green Awards.
 
Backup

gb #1-66.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                         (March 9, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the initiatives in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) taking place at all grade levels in the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #1-71.1  - Administration/Mayor O’Brien/
                   Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                   Mr. O’Connell
                           (March 9, 2011)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report containing the student enrollment profile to include special education, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and free and reduced lunch and also student performance at the Sevens Hill Charter School.

Annex A (5 pages)
gb #1-73 -  Mr. Monfredo
                         (February 24, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration review the National P.T.A. Parent Guide entitled “Parent Guide to Student Success” in response to the Common Core State Standards and see if there is merit in sharing the information with our schools and with our parents.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #1-74 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mr. O’Connell
                         (February 25, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration disaggregate 2009-10 MCAS scores across the grades 3-10 in ELA and Math by student birthdate - grouping students within grades by those born prior to August 31 and those born post September 1.

 
gb #1-75 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/
                Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                Miss Biancheria
                        (February 28, 2011)
 
To set a date to congratulate Paige Allen, of Burncoat High School, and Patricia Feraud, of South High Community School, on their recognition by the City Manager's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women through its 12th Annual Young Women of Consequence Award.

 
gb #1-76 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell
                        (March 4, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the number of documented homeless students, their assigned school and the current wraparound services offered to them.
 
gb #1-77 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 4, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide to parents and guardians opportunities to fill out CORI forms at student registrations and through summer mailings.
 
 
gb #1-78 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 4, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on admissions’ policies at vocational technical schools throughout the state.


 
 
gb #1-79 -  Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                        (March 4, 2011)
 
To consider selecting one student representative to the School Committee to attend the MASC Day on the Hill.
 
 
gb #1-80 -  Mrs. Mullaney
                         (March 4, 2011)
 
Request that the City Manager consider initiating a "Young Men of Consequence" award as a complement to the Young Women of Consequence award; or, in the alternative, that the school department consider doing it.

 
 gb #1-81 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 7, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration forward a congratulatory letter to the staff and students at Doherty Memorial High School for the outstanding performance of “The Music Man.”
 
 
gb #1-82 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria
                         (March 7, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize Louise Clarke, Grant Development Specialist, for being selected for the prestigious Thomas Green Award by the board of directors of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

 
gb #1-83 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mayor O’Brien
                         (March 7, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration forward congratulatory letters to the winners in the Science and Engineering Fair which was held at the EcoTarium on March 3rd and express appreciation to Kathleen Berube, Science Liaison and other staff members who made the event very successful.

Annex A (3 pages)
gb #1-84 -  Administration
                         (March 8, 2011)
 
To consider approval of the 2011-12 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #1-85 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
                         (March 8, 2011)
 
Request the Superintendent provide an updated status report on the MCAS Testing Administration Action Plan for Worcester Public Schools and the Goddard School of Science and Technology.

 
gb #1-86 - Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                Mr. Monfredo
                       (March 8, 2011)
 
To consider adoption of Policy JFABC as proposed by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees on "Admission of Transfer Students."

Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-87 - Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. Monfredo
                        (March 8, 2011)
 
To consider adoption of Policy IMG as proposed by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees on "Animals in School."

Annex A (3 pages)
gb #1-88 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                         (March 8, 2011)
 
To consider adoption of a policy on Concussions/
Head Injuries as proposed by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #1-89 -  Administration
                         (March 8, 2011)
 
To set a date in April for a public hearing on school choice.

 
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.