Agenda #7 - March 1, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA #7

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, March 1, 2012
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Conference Room, Worcester Technical High School



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

INVOCATION - Reverend Clyde Talley
                       Belmont AME Zion Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #2-6 -  Clerk
                  (February 21, 2012)
 

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, February 16, 2012.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

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

ros #2-5 -   Administration
                          (February 24, 2012)
 
INNOVATION SCHOOLS PRESENTATION:
  • Lincoln Street School
  • Worcester East Middle School
  • Worcester Technical High School
 
 
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
   
c&p #2-1 -  Clerk
                 (February 16, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the City Clerk:
That the Standing Committee on Education be and is hereby requested to work with the counterpart Standing Committee of the School Committee to develop a master plan for renovation of public school buildings. Further, request the Committees provide City Council with the master plan within 90 days. Further, request the Committees consider University Park Campus School when developing the master plan for improving infrastructure. Further, request the Committees develop a plan to improve technology within the schools and find funding for these improvements.
 
c&p #2-2 -  Clerk
                 (February 16, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the City Clerk:
That the Worcester School Committee be and is hereby requested to review the parking situation at the Gates Lane School on Main Street and pursue options including negotiating with the owner of the Webster Square Plaza to allow staff to park at the plaza in order to alleviate the current congestion in and around Holland Road, Catalpa Street and Wentworth Street that creates an unsafe pedestrian situation. Further, request City Manager and the Superintendent of Schools report back to City Council plans to alleviate the parking situation. Further, request City Manager and Superintendent of Schools consider revisiting the plan to expand the circular driveway at Gates Lane School which would add parking and allow buses to maneuver in and out of the school and further, provide City Council with costs to implement this plan. Further, request City Manager provide the School Committee with the Bennett Field plan.
c&p #2-3 - Clerk
                (February 16, 2012)
 
To consider a communication on behalf of the faculty and School Council of Norrback Avenue School to name the conference room, "The Maria A. Schupp Conference Room."

Annex A (1 page)

 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 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 Tuesday, February 28, 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 
      
2-9   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
RETIREMENT of the persons named below:
           
Egan, Sheila, Elementary, Tatnuck, effective February 18, 2012
Peltekis, Faith, Foreign Language, Doherty, effective February 9, 2012
 
2-10  The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
 RESIGNATION of the person named below:
 
Hass, Sheila, Mathematics, Burncoat High, effective February 17, 2012
 
2-11 The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the effective as follows:
 
Elisssetche, Valeria, Foreign Language, Doherty, BA Step 1, $41,628, effective 1/23/12. Licensed: Foreign Language 7-12.
McVoid, Julie, Elementary, Tatnuck, BA Step 8, $61,309 effective February 13, 2012. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.
Wallett, Gregory, Special Education, BA+15, Step 1, $43,749, effective February 6, 2012 (retro to December 12, 2011). Licensed: Moderate Disabilities Prek-8.
 
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #2-50.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mayor Petty
                  (February 21, 2012)
 
Response of the Public Works & Parks Commissioner, as to the completion date for the garage repairs at City Hall.

 
gb #2-51  - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                 (February 15, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize Cheryl Goodney, a senior at University Park Campus School, for receiving one of ten national Girls Inc. scholarships.

 
gb #2-52 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell/
                 Ms. Novick
                 (February 16, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration consider revising the Worcester Public Schools' graduation requirements to align with the Mass Core recommendations to support college and career readiness for every student.

 
 gb #2-53 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio
                 (February 16, 2012)
 
To develop descriptions for each of the four Standing Committees.
 
gb #2-54 - Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. O'Connell
                        (February 17, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the number of MCAS appeals to include:
  • the school site
  • academic section and the results for 2009, 2010 and 2011 and
  • the number of MCAS appeals with the academic section in process for 2011-12.
 
gb #2-55 - Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                Miss Biancheria
                (February 17, 2012)
 
To consider acquisition or leasing of the St. Peter – Marian Junior High School building, for use as an academy for a new small-scale specialized secondary school (up to 300 students), or as a secondary school satellite program (similar to the former Doherty Satellite School), or as a temporary home for schools undergoing major renovations, or otherwise.

 
gb #2-56 -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (February 17, 2012)
 
To forward letters of commendation to the following winners of the 2012 Essay and Art Contest honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and their teachers:
 
City View Discovery School
            Kiary Nieves                         
            Mrs. Connelly’s sixth grade class
            Mary Ann McFarland, Art Teacher
 
Sullivan Middle Goddard Scholars Academy
            Fariha Kohistani                   
            Ariana Cordova
            Patricia Ryan, English Teacher
 
West Tatnuck School
            Sarah Forster                       
            Maeve Kirk
            Lindsay Gaudette
            Cynthia Wiffin, Art Teacher
 
Worcester Arts Magnet School
            Perry Bright                           
            Deborah Aspen, Art Teacher

 
gb #2-57 - Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                Miss Biancheria
        (February 17, 2012)
 
To consider applying to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a license to operate a Commonwealth Virtual School.
 
gb #2-58 - Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                Miss Biancheria
                (February 17, 2012)
 
Request that the City Manager authorize remote participation by the members of the School Committee at meetings of the Committee, or of the Standing Committees, for reasons of personal illness, personal disability, emergency, military service or geographic distance, pursuant to Chapter 940, Section 29.10 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

 
gb #2-59 - Administration
                (February 22, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the 2012-13 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #2-60 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                (February 22, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration consider a home-school incentive recreational reading program such as Books and Beyond in the elementary schools.
Annex A (1 page)
 gb #2-61 - Administration
                 (February 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.