Agenda #19 - November 21, 2013

School Committee

AGENDA # 19

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:   Thursday, November 21, 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 - Pastor Leshy Payner

       Quinsigamond United Methodist Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 
aor #3-16 - Clerk
                 (October 30, 2013)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 17, 2013.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #3-267.1 - Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                    Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/
                    Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Mayor Petty
                    (October 29, 2013)
 
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 #3-279 - Ms. Colorio
                 (October 21, 2013)
 
To recognize Worcester Technical High School students who built, with their instructors, the atrium that topped off the solar home that team BEMAMY built. 
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #3-8 -  Administration
                  (October 30, 2013)
 
AN UPDATE ON THE EXIT ASSURANCE PLAN FROM UNION HILL SCHOOL AND THE RENEWED TURNAROUND PLAN FROM CHANDLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   - NONE
   
 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES  
 
The Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Achievement met at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
 
IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
 
3-44   The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the
person named below:
 
            Martin, Susan, Forest Grove, Science, effective October 19, 2013.
 
3-45    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the
person named below:
 
 
Cousins, William, Administration, Worcester Technical, effective October 10, 2013
 
 
Frank, Debra, Administration, Systemwide, effective October 14, 2013
 
 
 
Nazarewicz, Janice, Other, Burncoat Prep, effective October 9, 2013
 
Sciannameo, Mary, Special Education, Systemwide, effective October 14, 2013
 
3-46    The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the
person named below to the position of Teacher effective as noted below:
           
Comley, Jennifer, Occupational Therapist, .60FTE, Systemwide, BA, Step 8, $37,521 prorated. Licensed: Allied Health
               
Hoffey, Shauna, Special Education, Systemwide, MA, Step 8, $68,107 effective October 15, 2013. Licensed: School Adjustment Counselor
 
Jodrey, Danielle, Special Education, Systemwide, effective October 16, 2013. Licensed: Speech, Language & Hearing Disorders, all levels.
 
Shah, Rahoul, Social Studies, North, effective October 9, 2013. Licensed: History 8-12.
 
3-47    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RESIGNATION of the
person named below:
 
Tabor-Hall, Kristina, English as a Second Language, Goddard, effective October 22, 2013.

3-48    The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the RETIREMENT of the
persons named below:
Barbieri, Eileen, Elementary, Clark Street, effective November 8, 2013
Cashman, Debra, Special Education, Chandler Magnet, effective November 12, 2013
Dembinski, Anne, Special Education, Clark Street, effective October 31, 2013
McNickles, Marilyn, Elementary, Columbus Park, effective October 31, 2013
 
3-49  The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the
persons named below to the position of Teacher effective as noted below:
           
Harris, Kelly, Library Media, Systemwide, MA+30, Step 8, $71,071, effective October 25, 2013. Licensed: Library Media, all levels.
Servant, Kristin, Science, Forest Grove, MA, Step 3, $53,694, effective November 4, 2013. Licensed: Biology 8-12.
Stone, Mary, Elementary, Clark Street, BA, Step 1, $42,461, effective November 4, 2013. Licensed: Elementary 1-6.
 
3-50     The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to
the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $12.19 per hour, from Civil Service List #313-048, effective as shown:
 
Wentzell, Donna                  9/16/13
Quitevis, Irene                   9/16/13
Kortright, Maritza               9/16/13
Robinson, Walter                9/16/13
Graham, Mildred                 9/16/13
Buckley, Brenda                 9/16/13
Asabere, Emelia                 9/16/13
Danso, Samantha               9/24/13
Thanas, Sharon                  9/27/13
Mays, Delores                    10/28/13


3-51    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person named below to
the position of Word Processor (Administrative), permanent/fulltime at a salary of $16.72 hourly (minimum) to $ 20.07 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #313-039, effective as shown:
 
Menkes, Elise                      8/05/13
Matte, Patricia                     10/28/13
Porcaro, Tara                       11/04/13
 
3-52    The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to
the position of Word Processor (Educational), permanent/fulltime at a salary of $20,446.94 (minimum) to $24,870.01 (maximum), from Civil Service List #313-039, effective as follows:
 
Freeman, Nancyellen             8/19/13
Gibson-Quist, Charles          8/19/13
Moynihan, Paula                    8/26/13
Maxwell, Bonita                     8/26/13
Jarvis, Deanna                      8/26/13
Nodurft, Kathleen                  10/28/13
Vega, Lucie                           11/04/13
Klein, Pamela                        11/04/13
 
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

 
 
 gb #3-280 -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                   Miss Biancheria
                   (October 18, 2013)
 
To determine what changes in the reporting and information management practices of the Worcester Public Schools are required - or made advisable - by the October 16 vote of the Massachusetts Public Health Council that schools no longer need to send notification letters to parents of the weight of their children, unless requested to do so by parents (amendments to 105 CMR 200.000, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Sections 3 and 5, and Chapter. 71, Section 57).

 
gb #3-281 - Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                 Miss Biancheria
                 (October 18, 2013)
 
To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the donation of $100,000 by the Alden Trust to the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, to fund field trips for Worcester students to key cultural/educational institutions of Central Massachusetts, and the support of the Durham Bus Company to help to make these trips feasible.

 
gb #3-282 - Administration
                 (October 22, 2013)
 
To review the results and recommendations of playground inspection reports recently completed for each school.

 
gb #3-283 -   Administration
                    (October 22, 2013)
 
To accept the Quarterly Report from the Central MA Special Education Collaborative (CMSEC).

gb #3-284 -  Administration
                  (October 22, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 made payable to Lincoln Street School.

gb #3-285 -  Administration
                  (October 22, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $25,000.00 made payable to Union Hill School from the Lanza Family Foundation for school field trips.
 
 
gb #3-286 -   Administration
                   (October 22, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $5,000.00 presented to Dr. Sheila Harrity from MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year.
gb #3-287 -   Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick
                   (October 25, 2013)
 
To set a date to recognize Brian Allen for having received the Professional Eagle Award from the Association of School Business Officials International.

 
gb #3-288 -   Administration
                   (October 30, 2013)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $13,000.00 from Millbury Savings Bank to the Worcester Public Schools representing the fourth installment toward Millbury Savings Bank’s five-year commitment to Quinsigamond and Vernon Hill schools.
gb #3-289 -   Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
                   (November 12, 2013)
 
To ask the Board of Education to delay implementation of the PARCC pilot test project until built-in student accommodations, such as a notepad tool, word precision software, American Sign Language and Braille adaptations, closed captioning, and general masking, can be fully developed and made available.
Annex A (1 page)
gb #3-290 -   Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell
                   (November 12, 2013)
 
To ask the Board of Education to implement a process for reimbursement of all direct and indirect costs (including test training and administration time expended by administrators and teachers) borne by school districts on account of their participation in the PARCC pilot testing project.

 
gb #3-291 -  Administration
                   (November 12, 2013)
 
To consider approval of a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $490.00.

 
gb #3-292 -  Mr. Monfredo
                  (November 12, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation to Meghan Patrick, Hanover Theater and Jennifer Agbay, dance teacher, for making the Memphis Theatre production a success for the South High students and to Stephen O’Neil, Administrator of the WRTA for providing transportation for 1,000 students.

 
gb #3-293 -   Mr. Monfredo
                   (November 12, 2013)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update on the planning for the next round of the Innovation School Planning Grants.

 
gb #3-294  - Administration
                  (November 15, 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.