Agenda #26 - December 3, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA #26

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, December 6, 2012
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 Khatchadour Boghossian
                      Armenian Apostolic Holy Trinity

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
           
aor #2-23 - Clerk
                    (November 28, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, November 15, 2012.
 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE
 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION

gb #2-300.1 - Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty/
                    Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
                    Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick
                    (November 19, 2012)
 
To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the work of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its staff for painting the gymnasium and organizing the library systems at Chandler Elementary School.


gb #2-307.1  -Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Mayor Petty/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio
                    (November 20, 2012)
 
To recognize South High Community School for receiving the Bronze-Level Massachusetts School Achievement in Wellness Award from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for creating an exemplary whole-school approach to fostering wellness.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #2-17 -  Administration
                 (November 28, 2012)
 
BLUE RIBBON TECHNOLOGY REPORT
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  

c&p #2-17 - Clerk
                  (November 28, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers' District Council regarding a notice of intent to renegotiate the contract for the Worcester School Secretaries.
  
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  

The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 5:04 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:34 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.

IX.    PERSONNEL    

2-59 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Wally, Martha, Systemwide, Psychologist, effective November 12, 2012.
Wood, Patricia, Roosevelt, Elementary, effective November 20, 2012.
 
2-60 The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
RESIGNATION of the person named below:
 
Culligan, Colleen, Creamer Center, Guidance, effective November 11, 2012.
 
2-61 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of Teacher:
 
Asllani, Kujtim, Worcester East, Mathematics, BA Step 8, $62,535, effective November 19, 2012. Licensed: Mathematics 5-8.
 
2-62 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the
persons named below to the position of Senior Building Custodian, temporary/permanent, fulltime at a salary of $15.59 (minimum) to $19.81 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #312-041, effective as follows:
 
            Laracuente, Santiago     11/19/12
 
2-63 The Superintendent has APPOINTED the
persons named below to the position of Aide to the Physically Handicapped, permanent/ fulltime at a salary of $15.13 (minimum) to $18.64 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #312-032, effective as follows:
 
        Heckman, Michael               11/26/12

 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #2-314 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Ms. Colorio
                  (November 9, 2012)
 
To consider whether the students of the Worcester Public Schools should be encouraged or required to demonstrate an appropriate mastery of basic civics prior to their graduation, and, in this regard, to consider administering the civics portion of the United States Naturalization Test to seniors, or to a representative sample of seniors, on a pilot basis.

 
gb #2-315 -  Administration
                  (November 9, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $1,000.00 made payable to the Francis J. McGrath School.

 
gb #2-316 -  Administration
                  (November 16, 2012)
 
To accept on-going donations to Claremont Academy to support a student trip to Spain in April 2013. 






gb #2-317 -  Administration
                  (November 19, 2012)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Supporting Family Literacy program.

Annex A (6 pages)
gb #2-318 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                  (November 26, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a data report indicating the number of students that have taken the Accuplacer test and the corresponding school sites for the years of 2009-11.

 
gb #2-319 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                  (November 26, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize the Worcester Public Schools staff at the Fanning Building for their efforts of coordinating the Annual International Thanksgiving Celebration held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

 
gb #2-320 -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                   (November 26, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a listing of the principals, their sites, the dates of their contracts indicating whether they are on a 12 month contract.

 
gb #2-321 - Administration
                 (November 26, 2012)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $1,920 from the Boston Foundation for Architecture – After School Architecture Club to support a six-week after school program for Worcester Arts Magnet students in grades 4, 5, and 6.

 
 
gb #2-322 -  Mayor Petty/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                  (November 28, 2012)
 
Request that the School Committee forward congratulatory letters to the following Distinguished Alumni and friends of the Worcester Public Schools who were selected by the Worcester Education Development Foundation:
 
Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the
Worcester Public Schools Awards
Name
Profession
High School Attended
John E. Durkin, Ed.D.
Educational Leader
Commerce High School
Jeffrey Greene
Entrepreneur
Doherty Memorial High School
Robert Harizi, M.D.
Physician
Doherty Memorial High School
Thomas Hehir, Ed.D.
Professor
Burncoat High School
Jordan Levy
Civic & Business Leader
Classical High School
Paul Mullaney
Judge
South High Community School
Rachael Markarian
Actress & Dancer
Burncoat High School
Gladys Rodriguez-Parker
Civic Leader
North High School
Milton Peterson
Entrepreneur
North High School
Ralph Santana
Business Leader
Burncoat High School
 
Outstanding Community Partner
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.
            Frederick Eppinger, President & Chief Executive Officer

 
gb #2-323 -  Ms. Novick
                  (November 28, 2012)
 
To schedule regular meetings of the Standing Committee on Finance and Operations with the City Council's Education Subcommittee.

 
gb #2-324 -  Ms. Novick
                  (November 28, 2012)
 
To send letters of congratulations to the students, faculty and administration of Worcester Arts Magnet School, Burncoat Middle School and Burncoat High School for their performance "Burncoat to Broadway."

 
gb #2-325 -  Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria
                  (November 29, 2012)
 
To review school accountability plans.

 
 gb #2-326 -  Administration
                   (November 29, 2012)
 
To approve prior fiscal year payments in the amount of $20,383.21.
 
Annex A (1 page)
gb #2-327 - Administration
                  (November 29, 2012)
 
To consider the report of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an Exam School and/or an International Baccalaureate Program from the meeting of November 14, 2012.
Annex A (3 pages)
gb #2-328 -  Administration
                   (November 29, 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.