Agenda #12 - April 22, 2014

School Committee

AGENDA #12


The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on:   Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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 Steven Barrett
                       Christ the Rock Fellowship

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM



II.     ROLL CALL

III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS

aor #4-8 -   Clerk
                 (April 15, 2014)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, April 3, 2014.

IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION - NONE
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE

VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
   
c&p #4-5 -  Clerk
                 (April 16, 2014)
To consider a communication from the EAW relative to a request to enter into negotiations on the fingerprint based national background checks.

VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.


 

IX.    PERSONNEL 
      
4-12  The Superintendent has ACCEPTED the
RESIGNATION of the person named below:
         
Cirillo, Michael, Psychologist, Systemwide, effective March 25, 2014
           
4-13  The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons
named below to the position of Senior Building Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $16.51 (minimum) to $23.60 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #314-005, effective as follows:
 
McCullough, Steven                4/14/14
Fitzgerald, Patrick                   4/14/14
 
4-14  The Superintendent has APPOINTED the person
named below to the position of Aide to the Physically Handicapped, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $15.13 (minimum) to $18.64 (maximum) per hour, from Civil Service List #314-001, effective as follows:
 
Ansah, Derrick                        4/15/14
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS

gb #4-22.1 - Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                  Mr. O'Connell/Miss Ramirez/
                  Mr. Monfredo
                  (April 15, 2014)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the funding that was available through the state and city for the Administration of North High School to include: 
  • total amount of funding
  • balance remaining and
  • reason for the hold on the use of the funds
Annex A (1 page)



gb #4-102.1 -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                     Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo
                     (April 8, 2014)
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report by high school to include the number of Art and Music teachers and the number of study hall periods.

Annex A (1 page)


gb #4-107 -  Mr. O'Connell
                  (March 29, 2014)
To forward letters of congratulations to Kyle Geller, Esmely Munoz, Nicolas Perez, Tavia Rosario, Sha-Asia Taylor, and Marta Wasiewicz for having been invited to participate in the May 3 DECA International Career Development Conference, in Atlanta, Georgia, and to wish them well in the programs and activities at the Conference.
 
gb #4-108 -   Mr. O'Connell
                   (March 31, 2014)
To forward letters of congratulations to the Burncoat High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 1735 - the "Green Reapers" - on ranking eighth of thirty-two schools and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Southington District Competition, on receiving the Engineering Inspiration Award at the competition, and on qualifying for the District Championship, which took place on April 10-12 in Boston.

gb #4-109 -  Administration
                  (April 3, 2014)
Request that the Administration prepare an FY15 Budget presentation and conduct a public listening session on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building. 
gb #4-110 -  Miss Biancheria
                  (April 3, 2014)
 
Request that the School Committee forward a letter of support for House Bill 135, “An Act providing housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth,” sponsored by Representative O’Day.
 
Annex A (2 pages)


gb #4-111 -  Administration
                  (April 4, 2014)
To review the City of Worcester's Reports on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, Compliance and Federal Award Programs for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013, prepared by Clifton Larson Allen LLP and the Independent Accountants’ Report on Applying Agreed Upon Procedures for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education End of Year Financial Report for fiscal year 2013, prepared by P.L. Jones and Associates, P.C. 
gb #4-112 -  Miss Biancheria
                  (April 4, 2014)
Request that the Administration review the student dropout data per high school and provide the efforts to retain and offer appropriate opportunities to these students.

gb #4-113 -   Miss Biancheria
                   (April 4, 2014)
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the collaboration between the Worcester Public Schools and the City of Worcester’s youth opportunities office under the direction of the Health Department to ensure that there is appropriate communication of programs and services that will benefit students, staff and community. 
gb #4-114 -  Ms. Novick
                   (April 8, 2014)
Request Administration report on the demographics and test scores of Worcester students in Worcester charter schools.
 
gb #4-115  - Ms. Novick
                   (April 8, 2014)
Request Administration ensure student representatives for the 2014-15 school year are popularly elected by their peers; further, request the names of the elected representatives be forwarded to the School Committee once they are elected.

gb #4-116 -  Ms. Novick
                  (April 8, 2014)
Request Administration report on the number and percentage of students scheduled to take the pilot of the PARCC Performance Based Assessment who refused.

gb #4-117  -  Ms. Novick
                   (April 8, 2014)
Request Administration report on the number and percentage of students scheduled to take the pilot of the PARCC End of Year assessment who refused.

gb #4-118 -  Mr. Monfredo
                  (April 8, 2014)
Request that the Administration contact the MASC for a legal opinion on whether the city can charge a three percent process fee for grants without the permission of the school committee. 
gb #4-119 -  Mr. Monfredo
                  (April 8, 2014)
Request that the Administration consider providing a report on the successes that have emerged as a result of the implementation of the AVID Program.

gb #4-120 -  Administration
                  (April 10, 2014)
To select a voting delegate and an alternate voting delegate to the Annual Business Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

gb #4-121 -  Mr. O’Connell
                  (April 10, 2014)
To review and consider options which will preserve the dual language program at both Roosevelt School and Norrback School, and which will assure participating students an uninterrupted and sequential opportunity to pursue the study of their second language through elementary, middle and high school.

gb #4-122 -  Mr. O’Connell
                  (April 14, 2014)
To congratulate School Committee Member John Monfredo on receiving the "Ubuntu Award" from the African Community Education (ACE) Program.

gb #4-123 - Administration
                 (April 15, 2014)
To consider a price increase for student lunches for the 2014-15 school year in accordance with the Equity in School Lunch provision of the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 
gb #4-124 - Mr. Monfredo
                 (April 15, 2014)
To set a date to recognize Professor Mark Wagner and his class of Worcester State University students for their three years of community service projects at Chandler Magnet School.

gb #4-125 - Miss Biancheria
                 (April 15, 2014)
Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation, on behalf of the School Committee, to the students from the College of the Holy Cross and Clark University who participated in the Working for Worcester Initiative which took place on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

gb #4-126 - Administration
                 (April 16, 2014)
To discuss collective bargaining for the Instructional Assistants, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigation position of the School Committee.
Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Grievance #14/14-5.

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.