Agenda #19 - August 23, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA # 19

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:    Thursday, August 23, 2012
at:     4:00 p.m. – Regular Session
         5:00 p.m. – Executive Session
in:      Council Chamber, City Hall
ORDER OF BUSINESS
ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING
 

INVOCATION - Reverend Gary Shahinian       
                       Park Congregational Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #2-15 -  Clerk
                    (July 25, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, July 19, 2012.


 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

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


 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS  
   
c&p #2-9 -  Clerk
                 (August 3, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding the findings of an ACLU/Citizens for Juvenile Justice report entitled "Arrested Futures."
 
c&p #2-10 -  Clerk
                   (August 3, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen to make a brief presentation to the School Committee regarding the WOO Card and the potential for school organizations to sell the cards to raise money.

VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 
The Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievement met at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 3:01 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 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 August 20, 2012 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 
      
2-24    The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
           
Bickford, Richard, Science, Claremont, effective June 30, 2012
Binienda, Edward, Social Studies, South effective June 30, 2012
Bougie, Mary, Elementary, Vernon Hill, effective July 2, 2012
Brosnihan, George, Vocational, Worcester Technical, effective June 30, 2012
Cawley, Judith, Elementary, Worcester Arts Magnet, effective August 4, 2012
Cronin, Susan, Special Education, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Crosbie, Joanne, Elementary, Tatnuck, effective June 30, 2012
Dahlstrom, Nancy, Principal, McGrath, effective June 30, 2012
Donohue, Helen, Elementary, Rice Square, effective June 30, 2012
Dunkly, Nancy, Music, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Foley, Elaine, Special Education, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Francis, Gayle, Special Education, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Gaudette, Patricia, Principal, Jacob Hiatt, effective July 30, 2012
Green, Gilda, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Greenman, Anjulie, Elementary, West Tatnuck, effective June 30, 2012
Grepastad, Andrea, Special Education, Systemwide, effective July 16, 2012
Hall, Elaine, Science, Doherty, effective June 30, 2012
Kelley, Patricia, Elementary, Thorndyke, effective July 14, 2012
Krawczyk, Linda, English, Worcester East Middle, effective July 1, 2012
Lamonda Jr., Richard, Social Studies, Worcester Technical, effective June 30, 2012
Lewinter, Sheryl, Reading, Burncoat Middle, effective June 30, 2012
Lupu-Felis, Dolores, Business, Creamer Center, effective June 30, 2012
Maguire, Kathryn, Special Education, Roosevelt, effective June 30, 2012
Markarian, Marilyn, Elementary, Tatnuck, effective June 30, 2012
Mastrovito, Donna, Elementary, Columbus Park, effective June 30, 2012
Mattus, Nancy, Elementary, Midland, effective June 30, 2012
McKiernan, Mary, Principal, Grafton Street, effective June 30, 2012
Ramirez-Martinez, Ada, Science, Sullivan, effective June 30, 2012
Regis, MaryJane, Health, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Reynolds, Dayle, Guidance, Worcester Technical, effective June 30, 2012
Ritchie, Vincent, Special Education, Worcester Technical, effective June 30, 2012
Roy, Philip, Elementary, Lake View, effective June 30, 2012
Sorenson, Georgine, Elementary, Wawecus, effective August 3, 2012
Soucy, Joan, Elementary, Gates Lane, effective June 30, 2012
Small, Nancy, Evaluation Team Chair, Systemwide, effective July 9, 2012
Spellane, Joan, Special Education, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Trapasso, Sheila, Elementary, Rice Square, effective June 30, 2012
Travis, Raymond, Vocational, Worcester Technical, effective June 30, 2012
 
2-25 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the persons named below:
 
Ameen, Kathleen, Music, Systemwide, effective June 19, 2012
Beluscsak, Kellie, English, Sullivan Middle, effective August 1, 2012
Carlson, Kristopher, Mathematics, South, effective July 10, 2012
Clapp, Paula, Special Education, Unassigned, effective June 30, 2012
DeLaRosa, Ramon, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, effective June 30, 2012
Dwyer-Huppert, Caitlin, Science, University Park, effective June 30, 2012
Franchi, Rosemarie, Director, Head Start, effective June 30, 2012
Garvey, Suzanne, Health, Systemwide, effective August 3, 2012
Green, Joseph, Other, Burncoat High, effective June 4, 2012
Hagloff, Michael, Special Education, Burncoat Middle, effective June 30, 2012
Herrick, Melanie, Elementary, Burncoat Prep, effective July 23, 2012
Keating, Gina, Elementary, Midland Street, effective June 30, 2012
Kowalski, Sarah, Foreign Language, Forest Grove, effective July 6, 2012
Maldonado, Elena, English as a Second Language, Systemwide, effective June 20, 2012
Moskalik, Christine, Science, South, effective July 24, 2012
Mulkern, Joanna, English, Forest Grove effective July 16, 2012
Mulqueen, Jeffrey, Chief Academic Officer, effective June 30, 2012
Nystrom, Joseph, Mathematics, South, effective July 12, 2012
Nystrom, Sarah, Mathematics, South, effective July 12, 2012
 
O’Connor, Darlene DiBara, Elementary, Woodland, effective July 16, 2012
Torres, Noel, Bilingual, Systemwide, effective June 20, 2012
Whitney, Steven, Science, Claremont, effective July 25, 2012
 
2-26   The Superintendent has APPROVED the LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below:
 
Calzia, Maren, Psychologist, Systemwide, from August 27, 2012 –June 30, 2013
Denault, Lynn, Science, Sullivan Middle, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Elizalde, Abigail, Foreign Language, Sullivan Middle, from May 28, 2012-June 30, 2013
Gigure, Gerald, Vocational, Worcester Technical, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Koulisis, Olga, Social Studies, Worcester Technical, from August 27, 2012-Juune 30, 2013
Palumbo, Kerry, Elementary, Norrback, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
 
2-27   The Superintendent has APPROVED the EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the persons named below:
 
Brown, Jennifer, Special Education, Burncoat Middle, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Dell, Colleen, Art, Systemwide, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Kern, Neal, Music, Systemwide, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Leone, Rosemary, Elementary, City View, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Ramm, Tiffany, Elementary, Quinsigamond, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Wells-Catalina, Heather, Elementary, West Tatnuck, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
Zalauskas, Leonard, Social Studies, Unassigned, from August 27, 2012-June 30, 2013
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
 gb #2-223 -   Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Ms. Novick
                    (July 16, 2012)
 
To review the status of the FY13 Budget and recommend appropriate account transfers as required.

 
gb #2-224 - Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. Monfredo
                  (July 16, 2012)
 
To review the report of the Resolutions Committee of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and to provide recommendations to the School Committee representative to the MASC Delegate Assembly as to the proposals contained within it.

Annex A (10 Pages)


gb #2-225 -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                   (July 17, 2012)
 
To reestablish the Title 1 Parent Advisory Council for the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #2-226 -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                   (July 17, 2012)
 
To review the staff and programmatic needs of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, with a view to establishing more intensive standards and expectations of physical fitness for the students of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #2-227 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell/
                  Ms. Novick
                  (July 25, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

 
gb #2-228 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (July 25, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration consider the establishment of a bowling club in Worcester's high schools.
 
 
gb #2-229 - Mr. Foley/Mr. O'Connell/
                 Ms. Novick/Ms. Colorio/
                 Mayor Petty/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Miss Biancheria
                (July 31, 2012)
 
To invite representatives from the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative to meet with the Worcester School Committee to discuss the recent findings from the audit by the State Auditor and the steps to be taken to remedy those findings.

 
gb #2-230 -   Administration
                    (August 9, 2012)
 
Request that the School Committee authorize the Superintendent annually to act as its representative for filing applications for the federal Impact Aid through PL-874 funds.

 
gb #2-231 -  Mr. Monfredo
                  (August 9, 2012)
 
To update the Family Involvement Plan.

 
gb #2-232 -  Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio
                   (August 9, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update regarding the painting of the crosswalks at all school locations and include a list of the sites that have crossing guards.

 
gb #2-233 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell/
                  Ms. Colorio
                  (August 9, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the assignments of the displaced staff at Claremont Academy.

 
 gb #2-234 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell/
                   Ms. Colorio
                          (August 9, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the number of new teachers hired with their titles and school assignments.
 
 
gb #2-235 -  Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                   Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio
                   (August 9, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a summary of the staff training sessions which were held in July and August and include the costs for these programs.

 
gb #2-236  - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                  (August 13, 2012)
 
Request that the School Committee discuss with the legislative delegation the persistent under-funding of charter school reimbursement and the equity of the foundation budget formula.

 
gb #2-237 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                  (August 13, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the current status of the elementary school libraries.
 
 
gb #2-238 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                  (August 13, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration report on the feasibility of the expansion to the sixth grade of the dual language immersion programs at Norrback Avenue and Roosevelt schools and consider expansion of the current programs.

 
 gb #2-239 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                   (August 13, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a list of events taking place in the Worcester Public Schools on a monthly basis and forward it to the School Committee.
 
 
gb #2-240 -   Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                   (August 13, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward updated budgets for the innovation programs at Worcester Technical High, Lincoln Street, and Worcester East Middle schools.

 
gb #2-241 -  Administration
                  (August 13, 2012)
 
To accept Linda Schulman Innovation Grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Worcester Public Schools for a project to begin in September 2012 at Chandler Magnet Elementary School. 
 
 
 
gb #2-242 -  Administration
                  (August 15, 2012)
 
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.