Agenda #11 - June 20, 2013

School Committee


The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on:   Thursday, June 20, 2013
at:        4:00 p.m. – Budget Hearing
            6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
            7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:        Esther Howland South Chamber, City Hall

INVOCATION - Reverend Noel William
                    Pleasant Street Baptist Church




aor #3-9 -  Clerk
                (June 12, 2013)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 6, 2013.


gb #3-107.1 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                     Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                     (June 10, 2013)
To recognize the Worcester Public Schools' Teacher of the Year and the finalists.
gb #3-141.1 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria/
                     Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                     (June 10, 2013)
To recognize the Worcester Public Schools' Nurse of the Year.
gb #3-154.1 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                     Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                     (June 10, 2013)
To recognize Kathleen Ivanowski, Visual Arts Curriculum Liaison, for being the recipient of the Katharine F. Erskine Award in arts and culture.
gb #3-170.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Ms. Colorio/Miss Biancheria/
                    Mr. O'Connell/Mayor Petty
                    (June 10, 2013)
To recognize Dr. 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 #3-172.1 -  Administration/Ms. Novick/
                     Mayor Petty
                     (June 10, 2013)
To recognize Paris Jenson, Sullivan Middle School and Brianna L. Fisher, Flagg Street School for their award-winning projects at both the Regional Science Fair and the State Science Fair.
gb #3-177.1 - Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/
                    Mayor Petty
                    (June 10, 2013)
To recognize Kaitlyn Furcinitti, a senior cellist at Burncoat High School, on receiving the Dr. Gerald Mack Music Scholarship.
gb #3-193 - Administration
                 (June 11, 2013)
To recognize Sergio M. Paez, Ed.D., Manager of ELL Programs and Supplemental Support Services, for his dedication to the students, teachers and staff of the Worcester Public Schools and to wish him well in his new position as Superintendent of the Holyoke School District.


The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.



gb #3-104.2  Administration/Administration 
                  (June 12, 2013)
To consider the proposed FY14 Budget and the responses to the following motions:
A.  Request that the Administration provide the number of employees who have health insurance which is paid for under federal and state grants.
B.  Request that the Administration provide a report as to the number of individuals who participated in or took advantage of the opportunity for early retirement under the incentives offered in 2002 and 2010.
C.  Request that the Administration indicate which salary is the correct salary for the Credit Recovery Lab Technologist at North High School:
   -page 116 the salary is listed as $45,762
   -page 204 the salary is listed as $44,896
D.   Request that the Administration provide a report for our next meeting on the inventory of all gymnastics equipment currently in the system including condition and location.
E.  Request that the Administration provide the cost of operating a citywide gymnastics team.

Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

Annex C (2 pages)
gb #3-113.1 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo
                     (June 11, 2013)
Response of the Administration to the request to alert teachers in grade 5-12 about a course in "Nonviolent Movements in the Modern World" offered by the Center of Nonviolent Solutions in collaboration with the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice at Clark University with a grant from the Mass. Humanities Council. 
Annex A (1 page)

gb #3-194 -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                  (June 4, 2013)
To consider commenting, to the United States Secretary of Agriculture, with regard to the proposed regulation entitled "National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010".

Annex A (3 pages)

gb #3-195 -  Mr. Monfredo
                  (June 4, 2013)
Request that the Administration forward a letter of congratulations to the Doherty High Envirothon Team for being one of the winning schools in the Massachusetts Envirothon competition, sponsored by the USDA National Resources Conservation Service.
gb #3-196 -  Administration
                  (June 4, 2013)
To accept a donation in the amount of $2,000.00 made payable to Worcester Technical High School’s Plumbing Department.

gb #3-197 -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/
                  Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                  (June 10, 2013)
To congratulate the Burncoat High School Symphony Orchestra and the Burncoat High School String Orchestra on achieving excellent and superior ratings at the Six Flags New England “Thrills and Trills” Music Festival at East Longmeadow High School on May 31.

gb #3-198 -   Administration
                   (June 10, 2013)
To select a voting delegate and an alternate voting delegate to the Annual Business Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

gb #3-199 -   Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell
                   (June 11, 2013)
Request City Manager provide a report on the short and long term benefits of contributing to an Other Post-Employment Benefits trust fund

gb #3-200 -   Administration
                   (June 11, 2013)
To consider all items filed by the School Committee that have budgetary implications in light of the FY14 Budget.
Annex A (3 pages)

Anenx B (3 pages)

Annex C (9 pages)

Annex D (4 pages)
gb #3-201 -  Administration
                  (June 11, 2013)
To consider the Superintendent’s mid-cycle report relative to the goals.

gb #3-202  -   Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell
                        (June 11, 2013)
Request the administration and the administration of the Worcester Public Library report on the proposed “One Library” system regarding (but not limited to) the following: 
  • the process and criteria used to rank and select possible sites
  • how the growing enrollment of the Worcester Public Schools will be handled in light of the space restrictions
  • who will hire the librarians, to whom they will answer, whose hiring requirements and certifications will be met, and how these librarians will be evaluated
  • whether and to what extent the librarians will be part of the faculty of the school, teaching students research skills, attending faculty and curriculum meetings, and integrating curriculum into the library
  • whether libraries will be open to the public before, during, or after school hours, or outside of the school year
  • who will maintain and clean the library space
  • which entity will pay for utilities and other associated costs of the library space
  • how such space will be secured to the rest of the school building, and who will have and control access to the rest of the building
  • what the budgetary impact will be on the Worcester Public Schools, both in terms of dollars and in terms of state spending requirements
  • what the budgetary impact will be on the Worcester Public Library, both in terms of dollars and in terms of state spending requirements
  • what impact, if any, such use of space will have on the reimbursement of projects by the Massachusetts School Building Authority
  • who will have ownership of current school library resources, including books owned by the school libraries, and whether and to what extent any school library resources be available for interlibrary loan (within or outside Worcester)
  • what access to the library students will have during mandated state testing, given both space restraints and the state regulation requiring only school employees be in a school building during state testing
  • how any dissolution of these proposed libraries will be handled vis-a-vis the Worcester Public Schools
gb #3-203 - Administration
                 (June 12, 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.
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee
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