Agenda #8 - March 15, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA #8

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, March 15, 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 James B. O’Shea

                       Our Lady of Lourdes Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #2-7 -  Clerk
                  (March 7, 2012)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 1, 2012.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE
 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #2-51.1 -   Administration/Ms. Novick/
                    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Mayor Petty
                    (March 7, 2012)
 
To recognize Cheryl Goodney, a senior at University Park Campus School, for receiving one of ten national Girls Inc. scholarships.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #2-6 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 7, 2012)
 
THE ROLE OF GUIDANCE COUNSELORS IN COURSE SELECTION FOR ENTERING 9TH GRADERS
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
c&p #2-4 -   Clerk
                  (March 7, 2012)
 
To consider a communication from the Lincoln Street School’s Site Council regarding a request to institute a school uniform policy.
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 12:05 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 3:07 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 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  -NONE      

 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #2-62 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                Mr. Monfredo
                (February 27, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize Akuah Kontor of Burncoat High School as the recipient of the 13th Annual Young Woman of Consequence Award, presented by the City Manager's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and Viola Zhuri, of Doherty Memorial High School, for her Honorable Mention recognition for the Award.

 
gb #2-63 - Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. O'Connell
               (March 6, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the training and technical assistance to all school staff on the utilization of student assessment data to direct instructional improvements.

 
gb #2-64 - Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. O'Connell
                        (March 6, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a review of the analytical reports based on statistical analysis of test results that are utilized to assist school staff in instructional planning and improvements.

 
gb #2-65 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell
                (March 6, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update on the 2012 Summer programs for all levels and include the elementary school sites for these programs if funding is available.

 
gb #2-66 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell
               (March 6, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration develop strategies that focus on improving the truancy rate.

 
gb #2-67 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O'Connell
               (March 6, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration ensure that each kindergarten student who rides on busses is properly tagged with their bus number and bus stop each day.

 
gb #2-68 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell
                (March 7, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration encourage our students in grade six to participate in the naming of the Worcester Public Library’s new “mobile library.” 

Annex A (2 pages)

gb #2-69 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                (March 7, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration review current school bus routes, and reconfigure them, to eliminate outdated bus stops and routes and to maximize the efficiency of the school bus system.




gb #2-70 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick
                (March 7, 2012)
 
To discuss with the Superintendent her recommendations as to the process to be utilized to fill the position of Chief Academic Officer.
 
 
gb #2-71 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria
                     (March 7, 2012)
 
To review with the Worcester Police Department any options available to restore the DARE Program in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #2-72  - Administration
                 (March 7, 2012)
 
To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $800.00.
 
 
 
gb #2-73 - Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley
                March 7, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize the City and the College of the Holy Cross for their partnership in creating a state-of-the-art mobile library/bookmobile.
 
 
gb #2-74 - Administration
                (March 7, 2012)
 
To review the City of Worcester's Reports on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, Compliance and Federal Award Programs for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011, prepared by Sullivan, Rogers & Company, LLC.

 
gb #2-75 - Administration
                (March 7, 2012)
 
To approve a Band course to be implemented at Sullivan Middle School.

Annex A (4 pages)
gb #2-76 - Administration
                (March 7, 2012)
 
To set a date in April for a public hearing on school choice.

 
gb #2-77 - Administration
                (March 7, 2012)
 
To accept a competitive grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support the STARS Residency program: Integrating Music into Classroom Learning at Worcester Arts Magnet.

Annex A (4 pages)
gb #2-78 -  Administration
                 (March 9, 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.