Agenda #1 - January 17, 2013

School Committee

AGENDA #1


 
The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, January 17, 2013
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 A.M.E. Zion Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #3-1 -  Clerk
                   (January 7, 2013)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, December 20, 2012.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION - NONE
 
 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
ros #3-1 - Administration
                  (January 8, 2013)
 
FY14 PRELIMINARY BUDGET ESTIMATES
 
VII.    COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS   

c&p #3-1 - Clerk
                 (January 8, 2013)
 
To consider a communication from the EAW regarding the opening of negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement for Units A and B.
 
c&p #3-2 - Clerk
                 (January 9, 2013)
 
To consider a communication from the EAW regarding pertinent issues between the School Committee and the EAW.
   
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
 
                          NONE 






IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
3-1  The Superintendent has APPROVED the
APPOINTMENT of the persons named below to the position of Teacher:
 
D’Entremont, Stephen, South High Community School, ESL, MA, Step 2, $50,350, effective January 2, 2013. Licensed: ESL 5-12.
 
Kilcoyne, Katie, Heard Street School, Elementary, BA+15 Step 2, $46,941, effective December 12, 2012.  Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.
 
Suomala, Patricia, Worcester Technical High School, Vocational,VL7, $74,613, effective January 1, 2013.  Waiver requested.
 
3-2  The Superintendent has APPROVED the
RETIREMENT of the person named below:
           
Foster, Deborah, Norrback, Elementary, effective December 29, 2012.      
 
3-3   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the
person named below to the position of PRINCIPAL CLERK TYPIST, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $18.84 hourly (minimum) to $22.60 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #306-021, effective as shown:
 
            Harvey Meola, Mary        1/2/13
 
3-4   The Superintendent has appointed the
person named below to the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $12.19 per hour, from Civil Service List #312-043, effective as shown:
 
Maldonado, Marisol    12/21/12
Karaj, Xhevdet          12/21/12
Ross, Barbara          12/21/12
Martin, Theresa        12/21/12
Lopez, Irma            12/21/12



 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
gb #2-320.2 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell
                    (January 8, 2013)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a listing of the principals, their sites, the dates of their contracts indicating whether they are on a 12 month contract and include the length of the contracts.
 
 
Annex A (2 pages)










gb #3-1  -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio/
                Miss Biancheria
                (December 19, 2012)
 
To review the safety and security protocols, policies and procedures of the Worcester Public Schools, and to consider any modifications which may be appropriate to maximize the safety and well-being of the school system, staff and students.

 
gb #3-2 -   Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio/
                Miss Biancheria
                (December 19, 2012)
 
To consider any appropriate modifications of school buildings which may be advisable to enhance the safety and security of the staff and students of the Worcester Public Schools, and to prepare any appropriate recommendations for discussion in relation to the FY14 Budget.

 
gb #3-3 -   Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio
                (December 19, 2012)
 
To ask that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs establish and fund a grant program to enable school systems to hire unemployed veterans and to utilize their services to enhance security in the public schools.

 
gb #3-4 -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio
               (December 19, 2012)
 
To request the scheduling and administration of a civil service examination for the position of custodian, to allow individuals interested in applying for employment as custodians to qualify to do so.

 
gb #3-5 - Administration
              (December 19, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 made payable to Elm Park Community School.
 
 
 
gb #3-6 -   Ms. Novick/ Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                Ms. Colorio
                (December 19, 2012)
 
To congratulate our Central Mass Senior Festival winners: 
 
Burncoat High School:
Matthew Abraham – Violin
Garrett Levesque – Violin
Kaity Furcinitti – Cello
Aline Mweze – French Horn
 
Doherty Memorial High School
Alana Kearney – Soprano
Nabeel Tokatli - Tenor
Danilo DaSilva - Tenor
 
South High Community School
Brielle Stovall – Soprano
Gabriel Cain - Bass
 
and our Symphony Hall Scholars:
Garrett Levesque – Violin, Burncoat High School
Brielle Stovall – Soprano, South High Community School
Alana Kearney – Soprano, Doherty Memorial High School
Nabeel Tokatli – Tenor, Doherty Memorial High School
 
 
gb #3-7 -  Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria/
               Mr. O'Connell
               (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a cost analysis of installing locks on all classrooms in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #3-8 -   Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
                (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a cost analysis of installing panic devices in each school office that would directly signal the Worcester Police Department in case of an emergency.

 
gb #3-9 - Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
              (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration of each school forward a letter to parents explaining the school safety policies of their individual school as opposed to the district policy.
 
 
gb #3-10 - Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
                (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Worcester Police Department make a safety presentation to the School Committee about emergency protocol.

 
gb #3-11 - Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria/
                Mr. O'Connell
                (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration review the communication systems in the Worcester Public Schools with community responders and include the manner in which parents will be informed in the event of an emergency.

 
gb #3-12 - Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria/
                Mr. O'Connell
                (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a list of the current Violence Prevention Programs in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #3-13 - Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/
                Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell
                (December 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration establish an anonymous hotline for students and parents to report any potential problems in the schools.

 
gb #3-14 - Administration
               (December 27, 2012)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $1,000.00, made payable to the Worcester Public Schools, to be shared equally by Belmont Street Community School and Burncoat Middle School.

 
gb #3-15 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                Ms. Colorio
               (December 31, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration review existing school department procedures for auditing school safety procedures in the Worcester Public Schools. The review should address frequency of such audits, procedures for reporting results to parents, and consider adding some of the suggested items from the Safety Checklist of the backup for the item which was provided by the maker of the item. 
Annex A (2 pages)












gb #3-16 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/Ms. Colorio
                (December 31, 2012)
 
To congratulate former School Committee Member Ogretta V. McNeil on her recognition, by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, with its Distinguished Service Award.

 
gb #3-17 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                Ms. Novick/Ms. Colorio
                (December 31, 2012)
 
To set a date to recognize Ms. Constance Ouellette and her First Grade students at Midland Street School, who won the contest of the Worcester Historical Museum by naming Museum Molly and Historian Harry as its new mascots.

 
gb #3-18 - Administration
                (January 2, 2013)
 
To accept a donation of a 1999 Toyota Camry with an approximate value of $2,085.00 from Brian C. Lewis to Burncoat High School for the purpose of demonstration as part of the school's automotive program.

 
gb #3-19 - Administration
                (January 3, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $1,000.00 made payable to Doherty Memorial High School from National Grid.

 
gb #3-20 -   Administration
                  (January 7, 2013)
 
Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employee as School Nurse, effective as shown:
 
Perry, Catherine, Systemwide, Base Step 1 $41,927, effective, January 2, 2013, License Pending: School Nurse All Levels
 
Annex A (1 page)










gb #3-21  -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Ms. Colorio
                  (January 7, 2013)
 
To discuss possible lease, or acquisition, of the former Yeshiva Academy.
 
gb #3-22  - Administration
                 (January 8, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $5,170.00 made payable to Lake View School. 


 
 
gb #3-23  - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                 Ms. Colorio
                 (January 8, 2013)
 
To request that a letter of thanks be sent to Holy Cross College for hosting Worcester Public School students at the Lady Crusaders basketball game and for their program on wellness.

 
gb #3-24 -  Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                 Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                 (January 8, 2013)
 
Consider the enrollment and class size reports included in the Friday, January 4 Friday Letter.

Annex  A (84 pages)






gb #3-25 -     Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo
                        (January 8, 2013)
 
Request Administration ensure compliance with the rest period requirements for full-day preschool (45 minutes for programs of more than 4 hours, per the Massachusetts Early Childhood Program Standards).
 
 
gb #3-26 -  Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                 Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                 (January 9, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on the Work Plus Program 2012 to include:
 
- the number of students who participated
   indicating the school name and
- the number of credits earned
 
 
 
 
gb #3-27 - Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                (January 9, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on Articulation Agreements including the school site and partners.

 
gb #3-28 -   Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/
                  Miss Biancheria
                  (January 9, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration forward information to our schools about the annual NEA’s Read Across America Day, taking place on March 1st as part of the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourage our schools to engage in meaningful reading activities.

Annex (2 pages)








gb #3-29 -     Administration
                        (January 11, 2013)
 
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.