Agenda #10 - June 6, 2013

School Committee

AGENDA # 10

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, June 6, 2013
         4:00 Budget Hearing
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 Kevin Bean
                      All Saints Episcopal Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

II.     ROLL CALL

   
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #3-8 -  Clerk
                (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 16, 2013.


 
   
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

   
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #3-144.1 - Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Ms. Novick/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/
                    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Mayor Petty
                    (May 21, 2013)
 
To congratulate the "Tech-Know Commandos" - the Robotics and Automation Team of Worcester Technical High School (Coach Michael Meagher, and students Kahlan Cardin, Greg Carlson, Natalie Correa, Jason McKinney, and Jake Richard) - for winning the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship, and to acknowledge, with gratitude and appreciation, the assistance of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, National Grid, Metso Automation, EMC and Quinsigamond Community College, for their assistance to the team and its members which helped them to make their championship possible.
 
gb #3-150.1 -  Administration/Administration
                     (May 21, 2013)
 
To recognize Eftalia Economou, a first grade student at Nelson Place School, for winning the Massachusetts School Building Authority and State Treasurer Steven Grossman 7th Annual "My Ideal School" Contest.
   
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  - NONE


 
   
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   
   
c&p #3-9 -  Clerk
                 (May 29, 2013)
 
To consider a petition from a citizen regarding an alleged violation of the Open Meeting Law due to a concern about the access to Worcester City Hall.
 



 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 7:01 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Ad Hoc Committee on the Superintendent’s Evaluation Process met at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in the Superintendent’s Office at the Dr. John E. Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in 2013 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in 2013 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
 









IX.    PERSONNEL - NONE
      

   
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS    
gb #3-81.1  - Administration/Administration
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider approval of the 2013-14 Policies Handbook of the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (9 pages)

Annex B (1 page)




 
gb #3-104.1 -   Administration/Administration
                      (May 29, 2013)
 
To consider the proposed FY14 Budget.

   
gb #3-170 -   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/
                   Miss Biancheria/Mr. O'Connell/
                   Mayor Petty
                   (May 9, 2013)
 
To set a date to recognize Sheila Harrity, Principal of Worcester Technical High School, for being named the State's Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators.

   
gb #3-171 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 21, 2013)
 
To review "Why Worcester Needs Great Schools," the white paper prepared by Councilor O'Brien.

   
gb #3-172 -   Ms. Novick
                   (May 21, 2013)
 
To congratulate the following students for their award-winning projects at the Regional Science Fair held at WPI on April 30: Paris Jensen, Sullivan Middle School and Brianna L. Fisher, Flagg Street School.

   
gb #3-173 -  Ms. Novick
                  (May 23, 2013)
 
Request Administration report on the demographics of each of Worcester’s Charter Schools.
 
   
gb #3-174  -   Administration
                    (May 23, 2013)
 
Request that the Superintendent be granted the annual authorization to make the final year end transfers necessary to balance surplus and deficit accounts for the fiscal year closing on June 30, 2013.

   
gb #3-175 -  Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 23, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following students who received medals at the 23rd Annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor’s Association Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, May 4th at Concord-Carlisle High School:
 
Burncoat High School
Silver
 
Clarinet Quartet
Delphine Mweze
Alexandra Donahue
Luisa Tymosiuk
Elisander Rivera-Sanchez
Bronze
 
Aline Mweze
Silver
 
Eva Moynihan
 
South High Community School
Gold
Flute Trio
Marie Brouillette
Iva Hoxha
Brielle Stovall
Gold
Saxophone Quartet
Shannon Kelly
Erika Akerson
Dillon Kempskie
Aaron Mada
Silver
Saxophone Quartet
Xherd Aliko
Dominik Danko
Karolina Janczewski
Quyen Tran
Silver
Clarinet Quartet
Kathryn Horback
Emily Johnson
Christopher Meehan
Lucyna Poplawska
Silver
Woodwind Quartet
Marie Brouillette
Cody Jones
Elise Shea
Patrick Shea
Tara Shea
Bronze
Mixed Clarinet Quartet
Xiomara Carrasquillo
Nicole DeFeudis
Tina Tran
Michael Truong
Silver
Clarinet Solo
Christopher Meehan
Silver
French Horn Solo
Elise Shea
Silver
Clarinet Solo
Patrick Shea
Silver
Oboe Solo
Tara Shea
 
   
gb #3-176 -  Administration
                  (May 28, 2013)
 
To set an indirect cost rate for all state and federal grants for FY14.

   
gb #3-177 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Ms. Colorio/Mayor Petty
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To set a date to recognize Kaitlyn Furcinitti, a senior cellist at Burncoat High School, on receiving the Dr. Gerald Mack Music Scholarship.

   
gb #3-178 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/
                   Mayor Petty
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To forward letters of recognition to the following students for being selected as recipients of the Posse Foundation full four-year college scholarships:
 
Lindsay Degnan      Doherty Memorial High School
Alexa Gjonco          Doherty Memorial High School
Ana Azevedo          Worcester Technical High School
Fransheska Clara     Worcester Technical High School
Ann Quaicoe           South High Community School
My Phan                Claremont Academy

   
gb #3-179 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider supporting House Bill 512 – an Act establishing a Special Commission of the Legislature for Mandated Reports and Data Submission for School Districts – filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

 
   
gb #3-180 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Ms. Colorio
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider supporting House Bill 511 – an Act increasing circuit breaker reimbursement to all costs above four times the foundation formula– filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

   
gb #3-181 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider supporting House Bill 901 – an Act requiring private health insurance to cover medically necessary expenses for special needs children – filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

   
gb #3-182 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider supporting House Bill 414 – an Act restoring to School Committees the authority to review and approve school improvement plans submitted by school councils – filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

   
gb #3-183 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider supporting House Bill 222 – an Act which calculates the charter school reimbursement formula on the basis of the students they actually serve (and not on the basis of “assumed in school special education”) – filed on behalf of the Everett School Committee.

   
gb #3-184 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                    (May 28, 2013)
 
To consider supporting Senate Bill 239 – an Act which will include the category of transitory student enrollment in the calculation formula for Chapter 70 assistance.
 
   
gb #3-185 -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                  (May 28, 2013)
 
To forward letters of congratulations to the members of the HOSA (“Health Occupations Students of America”) Chapter of Worcester Technical High School on being selected to represent Massachusetts at the 2013 HOSA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
   
gb #3-186 -   Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
To review a draft of the 2014-15 Worcester Public Schools Policies Handbook, containing any revisions the Administration wishes the School Committee to consider, at the first School Committee meeting of February, 2014.

   
gb #3-187 -   Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Colorio
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
To establish a committee comprised of mathematics and science instructors from the four-year colleges of the Worcester area to review the mathematics and science textbooks and related instructional materials of the Worcester Public Schools, to consider how thoroughly they prepare Worcester students to excel in college in those subjects.
 
 
   
gb #3-188 -   Administration
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
To review the proposed Sections I and II of the Policy Manual for the Worcester Public Schools as prepared by the MASC.

Annex A (103 pages)





 
gb #3-189 -   Mr. Monfredo
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
To forward a letter of congratulations to Aretha Sullivan, a senior at University Park Campus School and a member of the Main South Basketball Team for being named the Central Massachusetts player of the year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association.

   
gb #3-190 -   Mayor Petty
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
To consider the Exam School Report.

Annex A (33 pages)  
gb #3-191 -  Administration
                   (May 29, 2013)
 
To consider the appointment of a district representative to the Board of Directors to serve on the Central MA Special Education Collaborative.
 
   
gb #3-192 -   Administration
                   (May 29, 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.