Agenda #9 - April 5, 2012

School Committee

AGENDA #9

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, April 5, 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 Clyde Talley

                      Belmont AME Zion Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #2-8 -  Clerk
                  (March 22, 2012)
 

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 15, 2012.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #2-62.1 - Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                     Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                     (March 16, 2012)
 
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.
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #2-7 -  Administration
                  (March 28, 2012)
 
TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED INNOVATION PLANS:
 
-Lincoln Street School
-Worcester East Middle School
-Worcester Technical High School
 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
The Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievements met at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Room 410 at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
THE ACTION SHEET MAY BE FOUND IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE BACKUP
 
IX.    PERSONNEL 

2-12   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of
the person named below:
           
Earley, Amy, Elementary, Nelson Place, effective March 9, 2012
 
2-13   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION
of the persons named below:
 
Howes, Erin, Special Education, South High, effective March 27, 2012
Ramm, Tiffany, Elementary, Quinsigamond, effective March 14, 2012
 
 
2-14   The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of
the person named below, effective as follows:
 
Micozzi, Elizabeth, Mathematics, Doherty, BA Step 1, $41,628, effective March 26, 2012. Licensed: Mathematics 8-12.
 
2-15    The Superintendent has provisionally appointed the
           persons named below to the position of Junior Custodian,
 permanent/fulltime at a salary of $14.12 (minimum) to $18.82 (maximum), per hour, effective as follows:
 
Cortes, Hector            2/13/12
Mallory, Cathy            3/12/12
Kim, Larry                  3/12/12
Alix, Benjamin            3/12/12
 
 
2-16   The Superintendent has appointed the persons named
below to the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $11.96 per hour, from Civil Service List #311-041, effective as follows:
 
Appiah, Vida                     1/17/12
Perez, Christian                1/17/12
Ramm, Barbara                1/30/12
Knight, Charles                 1/31/12
Gaboury, Peggy                2/7/12
Ruiz, Fernando                  2/8/12
Bhatty, Faiyka                   2/8/12
Ogbomo, Selena                2/8/12
Baah, Naomi                      2/8/12
Boateng, Ruth                    2/8/12
Lamptey, Jennifer               2/9/12
Lombardozzi, Sophia           2/9/12
Darman, Vesna                   2/27/12
Fontanez, Mayda                 2/27/12
Tsitlidis, Panagiota               2/27/12
Gerardi, Paula                     2/27/12
Rojas, Hermenegildo            2/27/12
Abbe, John                          2/27/12
Piscone, Garrett                   2/27/12
Debrah, Nicholas                  2/27/12
Harris, Lorpu                        3/1/12
 
 
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS
 
 
gb #8-180.4 -  Administration/Mr. O'Connell
                     (March 16, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to interact with principals as to interest in establishing chapters of the National Elementary Honor Society in their schools.
 
Annex A (1 page)
gb #2-33.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                  (March 21, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of career and technical education events and competitions.

Annex A (4 pages)

gb #2-68.1 -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                   Ms. Novick
                   (March 28, 2012)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to encourage grade six students to participate in the naming of the new “mobile library” sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross.
Backup
gb #2-79  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                 Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                 (March 12, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to the students and staff from Worcester Technical High School who participated in the Worcester Science and Engineering Fair which was held at WPI on March 9, 2012.

 
gb #2-80 - Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                (March 12, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the students and staff of the robotic teams from Burncoat High and Doherty Memorial High schools for their participation in the WPI Regional Tournament.

 
gb #2-81 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell
                 (March 16, 2012)
 
To set a date to congratulate John Navin, Coordinator of Custodial and Maintenance Services, on his selection as the recipient of the 2012 Thomas S. Green Public Service Award.

 
gb #2-82 -  Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (March 16, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration review the policies in place for the establishment of courses to be included in the Night Life booklet.

 
gb #2-83  -   Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
                   (March 16, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a breakdown of the K-2 teachers who are reading specialists.

 
gb #2-84 -  Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
                 (March 16, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a cost analysis for a free standing exam school.

 
gb #2-85 -  Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (March 16, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the way in which teachers are selected to teach Advanced Placement courses.

 
gb #2-86 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward a letter of appreciation to the President of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation for sponsoring the musical “When the Poet Sings” that was held on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Worcester Technical High School and congratulate the staff of the music and art departments and the hundreds of students for an outstanding performance.

 
gb #2-87 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 19, 2012)
 
To review safety guidelines for playground equipment currently in use in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 
gb #2-88 -  Administration
                 (March 19, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $102.00 in memory of Carolyn Currie made payable to Claremont Academy to establish an annual scholarship.

 
gb #2-89 -   Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                  (March 19, 2012)
 
To forward a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, requesting that the use of so-called "lean finely textured beef" in USDA ground beef supplied to schools be entirely discontinued.

 
gb #2-90 -   Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                  (March 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration consider adding the following information to the Tobacco Use Policy in the Policies Handbook:
 
“Nicotine delivery products are any manufactured articles or products made wholly or in part of a tobacco substitute or containing nicotine that is expected or intended for human consumption, but not including a tobacco substitute prescribed by a licensed physician or a product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco use cessation or harm reduction. Nicotine delivery products include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes.”

Annex A (11 pages)
gb #2-91 - Administration
                (March 19, 2012)
 
To accept a competitive grant in the amount of $30,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for planning an Innovation School design at Lincoln Street, Worcester East Middle and Worcester Technical High schools.

Annex A (10 pages)

gb #2-92 -  Administration
                 (March 19, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $1,225.00 from employees of Abbott Laboratories to support programs and activities at Lincoln Street School.

 
gb #2-93 -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (March 21, 2012)
 
Request that the School Committee forward a letter of support to the local delegation and to Governor Patrick in support of H.1853/S.188, An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency.

Annex A (4 pages)
gb #2-94 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                (March 26, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation to the following partners who made the 16th Women in Science Conference a reality for 200 middle school students:
 
-EcoTarium
-Regional Science Resource Center
-Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central MA
-Analog Devices, Inc.
-Central Mass STEM Network
-Dr. Diane Riccio
-CultureLEAP and GearUp

 
gb #2-95 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Ms. Novick
                (March 26, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the per pupil ratio by school for adjustment counselors.

 
gb #2-96 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O’Connell
                (March 26, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update relative to the number of students by school that will be participating in the Mass DESE Construction Career Day to be held at the New England Laborers Training Academy on May 2 and 3, 2012.

 
gb #2-97 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                (March 26, 2012)
 
To consider proposed additions and revisions to the 2012-13 Policies Handbook.

 
gb #2-98 - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo
                        (March 26, 2012)
 
To consider amending the 2008 Worcester Public Schools playground installation policy.

 
gb #2-99 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo
                 (March 26, 2012)
 
To consider adoption of the proposed Sunshine Week resolution.

Annex A (1 page)

 gb #2-100 -  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                    Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                    (March 26, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration forward congratulatory letters to the following students from Worcester Technical High School that received awards at the District Science Fair, the Regional Science Fair or for those students who will be advancing to the Massachusetts Science Fair:
 
District Science Fair – EcoTarium, March 8, 2012
 
Engineering and Design
1st place
Jason McKinney and Natalie Correa
Autonomous Robots
 
Experimental Design
Judges Award of Merit
Mickenna Westerlind
Which Battery Will Last the Longest?
2nd place
Stephanie Flores and China Pillot
Glue Tech …the strongest homemade glue
3rd place
Daysha Colon
Caffeine and Blood Pressure in Teens
4th place
Reginald Sarpong
Osteoporosis …The effect of Vitamin D concentrations on calcium absorption
 
Regional Science Fair – WPI, March 9, 2012
 
5th place
Jessica Choiniere and Pasha Wade
The “Twist & Turn” prototype – a pre-K tactile learning tool
                                   
Massachusetts Science Fair, MIT, May 4-5, 2012
 
Direct Entry
Hadeel Hamza and Fransheska Clara
Genetic Identification of Rabbit DNA
Direct Entry
Reginald Sarpong
Osteoporosis …The effect of Vitamin D concentrations on calcium absorption
 
gb #2-101 -  Administration
                  (March 27, 2012)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $24,456 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Collaborative Partnerships for the Student Success program.

Annex A (6 pages)

gb #2-102 - Ms. Novick
                 (March 27, 2012)
 
Request that the School Committee sign on to the form letter to support the Strengthen and Protect SNAP/Food Stamps in the 2012 Farm Bill.
 
 
Annex A (1 page)
gb #2-103 - Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                  (March 27, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration, through principals, invite students or school groups to sing or play the National Anthem at a School Committee meeting each month and compile a list with dates for those schools interested in participating in this activity during the 2012-13 school year.

 
gb #2-104 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (March 28, 2012)
 
To review the practices and procedures of the Worcester Public Schools regarding unemployment compensation, which will include a discussion of the topics set forth in the February 27, 2012 letter of city and town finance officials (including the Director of Finance of the City of Worcester) to Governor Patrick.

Annex A (4 pages)


gb #2-105 -  Administration
                   (March 28, 2012)
 
To approve prior fiscal year payments in the amount of $150.00.

 
gb #2-106  - Mayor Petty/Mr. Foley
                   (March 30, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration begin exploring the viability of creating a regional recovery high school that would serve students with substance abuse and dependence problems similar to existing programs in Boston, North Shore, Brockton and Springfield.

 
gb #2-107 -  Administration
                  (March 30, 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.