Agenda #4 - January 19, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA # 4

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, January 19, 2012
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Conference Room at Worcester Technical High School

ORDER OF BUSINESS
ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING
 

INVOCATION - Pastor Steven Barrett
                       Christ the Rock Fellowship


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #2-1 -   Clerk
                    (January 10, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Friday, December 9, 2011.
 
aor #2-2 -  Clerk
                  (January 10, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Monday, December 19, 2011.
 
aor #2-3 -  Clerk
                  (January 10, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Monday, January 2, 2012.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #1-327.1  - Administration/
                       Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/
                               Mr. O'Connell/Mayor O'Brien/
                               Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick
                               (January 6, 2012)
 
To recognize Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for painting done in the gymnasium area at Doherty Memorial High School and for a generous donation of $5,000 to the school for physical education equipment to be placed in the weight room.
 
 
VI.    REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #2-1 -  Administration
                          (January 10, 2012)
 
FY13 PRELIMINARY BUDGET ESTIMATES

ros #2-2 -   Administration
                   (January 10, 2012)
 
UPDATE ON THE BURNCOAT STREET PREPARATORY SCHOOL LEVEL 4 PROCESS
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  -
                     NONE





IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
2-1   The Superintendent has APPROVED the
         RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
 
Polissack, Francine, Elementary, Midland, effective December 31, 2011
Pryor, Eileen, Guidance, Doherty, effective December 31, 2011
Smith, Jean, Special Education, Hartwell, effective December 31, 2011
Wrenn, Patricia, Special Education Speech, Systemwide, December 12, 2011
 

2-2   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
        RESIGNATION of the persons named below:
 
Davenport, Shannon, Math, Sullivan Middle, effective December 22, 2011
Lee, Christa, Art, Systemwide, effective December 30, 2011
Wheeler, David, Doherty, Foreign Language, effective December 31, 2011
 
2-3  The Superintendent has APPROVED the
       EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE of the person
       named below:
 
Garvey, Suzanne, Health, Systemwide, from January 3, 2012 - June 30, 2012.  Unpaid personal.
 
2-4  The Superintendent has APPROVED the 
        APPOINTMENT of the person named below
        to the effective as follows:
 
Duff, Abigail, Special Education Speech, Systemwide, MA Step 8, $66, 772 (FTE: .60), effective January 3, 2012. Licensed: Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders All Levels.
Hardy, Jennifer, Office Technology, Worcester Technical, VL3 Step 7, $61,738,effective 12/13/11. Licensed: Programming and Web Development VOCED 9-14.
Lonergan, Paula, Allied Health/Nursing Instructor, Worcester Technical, VL4, Step 8, $67,990, effective January 3, 2012. Licensed: Health Assisting VOCED 9-14.
Orrelle, Candace, Special Education, Burncoat Prep, BA Step 2, $43,899, effective January 3, 2012. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.
Rice, Katherine, Art, Systemwide, MA Step 1 $47,091(FTE:.60), effective December 21, 2011. Licensed: Visual Art PreK-12.
Smith, Jennifer, Elementary, Midland, MA, Step 3, $452,642, effective December 15, 2011. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #2-6  -    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                     (December 19, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration collaborate with grant writers from the city and the school administration to look for both private and public funding as well as corporate sponsorships for the RSVP program, since all federal funding will be cut in March of 2012.

 
gb #2-7 -  Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
               Mr. O'Connell
              (December 19, 2011)
 
To set a date to recognize Jared Flanders, a sixth grade student at Roosevelt School, for his remarkable spirit in coming forward in support of the Davies family and the Worcester firefighters.

 
gb #2-8 -  Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
               Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
               Mayor Petty
                (January 3, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters, on behalf of the Mayor and the School Committee, to the following individuals/groups in appreciation for their efforts and participation in the 2012 Inaugural Ceremonies:
 
North High School’s Navy JROTC students and Major Stephen Godin
South High Community School’s Band
Patrick Hayes, a member of the Worcester Fire Department’s Pipe and Drum Brigade
Reverend Clyde D. Talley, Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church
Reverend Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan, Christ The King Church
Sister Nhu Tam Thich and Pho Hien , Buddhist Temple

 
gb #2-9 -    Mr. Monfredo
                  (January 3, 2012)

Request that the Administration consider ways of informing the public of the many outstanding activities and student performances that take place in our schools. 

 
gb #2-10 -  Administration
                (January 4, 2012)
 
To approve a donation in the amount of $7,356.30 to the Lake View School.
 
 
gb #2-11 -  Administration
                 (January 4, 2012)
 
To approve prior year invoices in the amount of $5,843.54.

 
gb #2-12 -    Administration
                       (January 11, 2012)
 
To approve the following prior year payments in the total amount of $9,055.74:
 
Special Education Tuition         $5,843.54
Translations                          $1,852.50
Instructional Supplies              $1,359.70
Total                                   $9,055.74

 
gb #2-13 -  Miss Biancheria
                 (January 11, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the existing programs supported by Perkins funding specific to building Career Technical Education to include the number of students enrolled in Chapter 74 approved courses and career technical courses that are non Chapter 74 approved but do offer technical education.

 
gb #2-14 -  Mr. O'Connell
         (January 11, 2012)
 
To review the procedures and criteria for the hiring of athletic team coaches.

 
gb #2-15 -  Mr. O'Connell
                (January 11, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the service of City Councilors Paul Clancy, Barbara Haller and Joffrey Smith to the benefit and well-being of the students of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #2-16 -  Mr. O'Connell
                (January 11, 2012)
 
To explore options and possible funding sources for expanded preschool programs.


 
gb #2-17  -   Mr. O'Connell
                  (January 11, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize the Department of Athletics of the College of the Holy Cross and the Lady Crusaders Basketball Team, for inviting 1,100 students of the Worcester Public Schools to their December 21st game against Bryant College and for holding wellness/fitness program for the students.

 
gb #2-18 -  Mr. O'Connell
                 (January 11, 2012)
 
To support the Worcester Public Library Foundation in its literacy initiatives for the benefit of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb#2-19 -  Administration
                (January 12, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $1,000 to North High School’s Boys Basketball Team.

 
gb #2-20 -  Administration
                (January 12, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $5,000 made payable to Doherty Memorial High School.

 
gb #2-21 -   Administration
                 (January 12, 2012)

To accept a donation in the amount of $127.00 made payable to Claremont Academy, in memory of Caroly Currie, to establish an annual scholarship.

 
gb #2-22 -  Administration
                 (January 12, 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.