Agenda #24 - November 1, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA # 24

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, November 1, 2012
at:    5:00 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 Dean N. Paleologos

            St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #2-21 - Clerk
                    (October 24, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 18, 2012.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTIONS
 
gb #2-263.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                    Miss Biancheria
                    (October 23, 2012)
 
To recognize Hanover Insurance on its 160th anniversary and to express appreciation for its support of many programs for students in the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #2-269.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty/
                    Ms. Novick/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/
                    Miss Biancheria
                    (October 23, 2012)
 
To recognize Worcester Technical High School and Principal Harrity for her appearance on the NBC’s Today Show highlighting WTHS as one of ten schools nationally featured as part of the NBC’s Education Nation Series.
 
gb #2-278.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria
                    (October 22, 2012)
 
To recognize Milton Cordeiro for his 27 years of dedicated service to the Worcester Public Schools as a Compositor.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #2-15 - Administration
                (October 24, 2012)
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION SPRING 2012 PARENT SURVEY RESULTS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS   
   
c&p #2-14 -  Clerk
                     (October 16, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the North High School Site Council regarding the naming of Room 302.
 
c&p #2-15  -  Clerk
                     (October 19, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the Massachusetts and Northern New England Laborers' District Council regarding the opening of negotiations for the successor agreements to the existing Collective Bargaining Agreements for the following contracts:
 
Custodians
Computer Technicians
 
 
c&p #2-16 -  Clerk
                     (October 23, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the Elm Park Community School’s Site Council regarding a request to institute a school uniform policy.

VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  -
 
NONE




IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
2-52 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
         RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
DeCiccio, Julianne, Nelson Place, Elementary, effective October 14, 2012
Mastrototoro, Sandra, Systemwide, School Psychologist, effective October 24, 2012
McCarthy, Kathleen, Burncoat High, Reading, effective October 13, 2012
McGuirk, Mary, City View, Elementary, effective October 17, 2012
Valeri, Kathleen, DAB, Administration, effective October 19, 2012
 
 
2-53 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
RESIGNATION of the persons named below:
 
Stockman, Stephanie, Systemwide, ESL, effective October 16, 2012
 
2-54 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of Teacher:
 
Hackenson, Ryan, Engineering, Doherty, BA Step 4, $50,444 effective October 15, 2012. Licensed: Mathematics 8-12.
Sasso, Briana, Elementary, City View, BA+15 Step 1 $44,624 effective October 11, 2012. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
2-55 The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of Department Head:
Carlson, Deirdre, Grades 11 & 12, Claremont, $2,122 stipend, effective October 12, 2012.
Dailey, Kathleen, Special Education, Doherty, $2,122 stipend, effective October 9, 2012
Dine, Adriana, Doherty, Foreign Language, $1,591 stipend, effective October 9, 2012.
Harding, Beth, Middle School .(.5), $2122 stipend, effective October 12, 2012.
Lonergan, Paula, Allied Health, Worcester Technical, Level 4 Step 9, $78,871 effective October 16, 2012.
Maloney, Kathryn, Guidance, Claremont, $2,652 stipend, effective October 12, 2012.
Matthews, Kirwin, Special Education, Claremont, $1,591 stipend, effective October 12, 2012.
Milonopoulos, Meghan, Special Education, North, $2,122 stipend, effective October 22, 2012
Moylan, Kathleen, Grades 9 & 10, Claremont, $2,122 stipend, effective October 12, 2012.
Shepard, Katie Lynn, Middle School (.5), Claremont, $2,122 stipend, effective October 12, 2012
 
 
2-56 The Superintendent has provisionally
appointed the persons named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $15.25 (minimum) to $19.18 (maximum), per hour, effective as follows:
 
            Sinatra, James           10/15/2012
            Simoncini, Ryan          10/15/2012
            Dunn, Natalie             10/15/2012
            Kilcoyne, Thomas       10/22/2012
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #1-249.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo
                    (October 24, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to assist the Citywide Parent Planning Advisory Council in its ongoing efforts to ensure representation of all Worcester Public Schools at its monthly meetings.
 
 
Backup
gb #2-235.1 -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                     Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell/
                     Ms. Colorio
                     (October 24, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a summary of the staff training sessions which were held in July and August and include the costs for these programs.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #2-237.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. Monfredo
                    (October 24, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the current status of the elementary school libraries to include how many are open and for how many hours per week and include the method of staffing.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #2-240.1 - Administration/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. Monfredo
                    (October 24, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to forward updated budgets for the innovation programs at Worcester Technical High School, at Lincoln Street School, and at Worcester East Middle School.

Annex A (7 pages)
gb #2-259.1  - Administration/Ms. Colorio/
                     Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                     Ms. Novick
                     (October 24, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report as to the manner in which each school has fulfilled its statutory mandate (Public Law 108-477, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, 70 Fed. Reg. 29727, May 24, 2005) to hold an educational program about the United States Constitution for its students on Constitution Day (September 17), or during the weeks of September 17 or 24.

Annex A (4 pages)
gb #2-289 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria
                   (October 15, 2012)
 
To consider offering an "early retirement" incentive plan for interested staff members, for FY13 and for FY14, and to review the financial feasibility of doing so.

 
gb #2-290 -  Administration
                  (October 16, 2012)
 
To consider approval of a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $358.00.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #2-291 -  Administration
                  (October 16, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of approximately $150,000 of industrial products from Simonds International to Worcester Technical High School.
 
 
Annex A (1 page)

gb #2-292 -  Administration
                  (October 18, 2012)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $90,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Next Generation Learning Models grant.

Annex A (7 pages)
gb #2-293 -  Administration
                  (October 18, 2012)
 
To authorize the Administration to file Statements of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for major renovation/replacement and/or Accelerated Repair projects.

 
gb #2-294 -  Administration/Ms. Novick
                  (October 23, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the City Manager’s Five Year Plan, especially with regard to other post employment benefits which will impact the FY14 Budget.

Annex A (48 pages)
gb #2-295 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                  (October 23, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a plan for FY14 in order that every Kindergarten has one instructional assistant and consider providing them first in the Level 3 and Level 4 schools.
 
 
 
gb #2-296 - Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Ms. Colorio
                 (October 24, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration prepare a list of facilities of the Worcester Public Schools which are equipped to host evening meetings of the standing committees while providing full public access to them throughout the meetings, in compliance with the provisions of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.

 
gb #2-297 - Administration
                 (October 24, 2012)
 
Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employees as School Nurses effective as shown:
Baker, Patricia, May St, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Casillas, Fanny, Lincoln St, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Damain-Kennedy, Jessica, McGrath, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Emery, Leigh, Canterbury St, MA Step 1 $45,533, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Lamarche-Leader, Diane, Lincoln St, Base Step 5 $52,031, effective, August 27, 2012, Licensed: School Nurse All Levels
Maroney-Striker, Shelley South High, MA Step 5 $55,637, effective, August 27, 2012, Licensed: School Nurse All Levels
Martin, Sandra, Quinsigamond, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Nichols, Kristen, Challenge & Reach Academy, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Oliveri, Christina, Columbus Park, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, August 27, 2012, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
Taylor, Deborah, Systemwide, Base Step 5 $52,031, effective, October 22, 2012, Licensed: School Nurse All Levels

Annex A (27 pages)


gb #2-298 - Miss Biancheria
                  (October 24, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the Goddard Scholars Program to include the number of students enrolled and the number that have completed the program for the last three years.
 
 
gb #2-299 - Administration
                 (October 24, 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.