Agenda #17 - October 17, 2013

School Committee

AGENDA #17

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, October 17, 2013
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Esther Howland South Chamber, City Hall

ORDER OF BUSINESS
ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING   
 

INVOCATION - Pastor Steven Barrett

                      Chirst the Rock Fellowship

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 

aor #3-15 -   Clerk
                     (October 9, 2013)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 3, 2013.
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #3-235.2 - Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/
                    Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                    Mayor Petty
                    (October 7, 2013)
 
To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the donation of $25,000 by the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation toward the purchase and installation of an "eco-friendly recreational space" playground at Wawecus Road School, and the time and assistance of the Worcester Department of Public Works, of Hanover employees, and of the parents, staff and friends of the school in installing the playground itself.
 
gb #3-252.1 - Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                    Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Ms. Colorio
                    (October 7, 2013)
 
To recognize the service of Roberta Schaefer, Ph.D. to the Worcester community, as President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. 
 
gb #3-256.1 -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
                     Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                     Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                     (October 7, 2013)
 
To recognize Maureen Binienda, Principal of South High Community School, for receiving the Lois B. Green Leadership Award.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE

 
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 
The Joint Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Operations and the City Council's Subcommittee on Education met at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
3-42   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of
the persons named below:
 
McMorrow, Peter, Doherty, Social Studies, effective October 4, 2013.
 
3-43    The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of
the persons named below to the position of Teacher effective as noted below:
           
Bekier, Craig, Systemwide, Physical Education, BA, Step 1, $42,461 effective September 16, 2013. Licensed: Physical Education Prek-12.
 
C’Meil, Amy, Norrback, Elementary, MA, Step 7, $62,973 effective September 16, 2013. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
 
Coakley, Maureen, Rice Square, Elementary, MA, Step 2, $50,350, effective September 30, 2013. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
 
Lavallee, Nicole, Chandler Magnet, Elementary, MA, Step 1, $48,033, effective October 1, 2013. Licensed: Early Childhood Prek-2.
 
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #3-265 - Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Ms. Novick
                 (September 30, 2013)
 
To review the status of the FY14 Budget and recommend appropriate account transfers as required.
 
 
 
gb #3-266 -  Administration
                  (September 30, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount $28.76 from Target’s “Take Charge of Education” Program.

 
gb #3-267 -  Mr. Monfredo
                  (October 1, 2013)
 
To set a date to recognize Worcester Technical High School as one of the 11 schools across the nation and the only Massachusetts school to receive the PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) Manufacturing award.

 
gb #3-268 -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Miss Biancheria
                  (October 1, 2013)
 
Request that the School Committee send congratulatory letters to the following individuals upon their selection, by the Awards Committee of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, as the 2013 Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools:
 
Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the
Worcester Public Schools Awards
 
Name
Profession
High School Attended
Myrna Benson
Business leader
North High School
Laddavanh "Anna" Bouphavichith
Entrepreneur
Doherty Memorial High School
Deborah D. Cary
Business leader
Doherty Memorial High School
Allan P. "Kool Kojak" Grigg
Musician
Doherty Memorial High School
James Hogan
designer
Doherty Memorial High School
Alexis Hyder
Business Leader
Doherty Memorial High School
Audrey Kurlan-Marcy
Cancer Activist
Doherty Memorial High School
Erin Moran McCormick
Entrepreneur
Doherty Memorial High School
Michael Orland
Musician
Chandler Junior High School
The Pagano Family
Business Leaders
 
James Rushton
Business Leader
 
Jonathan Silverman
Business Leader
 
 
gb #3-269 -   Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                   (October 2, 2013)
 
As part of National Principals Month, request that the School Committee recognize the work and dedication of the principals of the Worcester Public Schools to the education and well-being of the children of Worcester.
 
 
 
 gb #3-270 -  Administration
                           (October 3, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $5,501.00 made payable to Worcester Technical High School.

 
gb #3-271 -  Administration
                  (October 7, 2013)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $145,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers-Out-of-School Time Grant.
Annex A (14 pages)
 gb #3-272 -  Ms. Novick
                   (October 7, 2013)
 
Request administration report on the school-by-school expenditure of the $1 per pupil for recess supplies for FY13.
 
 
gb #3-273 -  Ms. Novick
                   (October 7, 2013)
 
Request administration report on the feasibility of expanding physical education to all students for the full school year, including costs and facility constraints.

 
gb #3-274 - Ms. Novick
                  (October 7, 2013)
 
Request administration report on the Let's Go, WEMS! program at Worcester East Middle School, including projections for expanding the program to a physical education option for secondary students.

 
gb #3-275 - Ms. Novick
                 (October 7, 2013)
 
Request administration report on the DESE legal opinion regarding parental opt out of state mandated testing

 
gb #3-276 - Ms. Novick
                         (October 7, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration provide a report on which schools don’t have bike racks.

 
gb #3-277 -  Ms. Novick
                  (October 7, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration create a protocol for pedestrian accidents in the vicinity of schools.

 
gb #3-278 -  Administration
                  (October 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.