Agenda #20 September 18, 2014

School Committee

AGENDA #20

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:  Thursday, September 18, 2014
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Council Chamber, City Hall

ORDER OF BUSINESS



  ACTION
II.     CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING
 
INVOCATION  -    Reverend Dean N. Paleologos

                              St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
 
II.         ROLL CALL
           

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 
aor #4-16 - Clerk
                 (September 9, 2014)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, September 4, 2014.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #4-179.1  -  Administration/Mr. O'Connell/
                      Mr. Foley/Miss Ramirez/
                      Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                      Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                      (September 5, 2014)
 
To congratulate Caitlin McCarthy, an English Language Arts teacher at Worcester Technical High School, on receiving the Kathleen Roberts Creative Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, in recognition of her groundbreaking instruction initiatives, cinematography, “political action, community organizing and mentoring” as to the devastating effect and impact of diethylstilbestrol (DES), through which she has “served the global DES community in a volunteer role.”
 
gb #4-200.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                      Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/
                      Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                     (September 5, 2014)
 
To recognize:
  • Sarah Kopka for winning the Heart of America READesign Grant for Worcester East Middle School
  • representatives from Heart of America Foundation for transforming the library at Worcester East Middle School
  • representatives from AbbVie for the volunteer work of its employees in improving the library of Worcester East Middle School during AbbVie’s “Week of Possibilities.”
 
gb #4-202.1  - Administration/Miss Ramirez/
                    Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/
                    Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                    (September 5, 2014)
 
To recognize Jennifer Cordero, a student at Doherty Memorial High School, for being selected for the Hispanic Youth Research and Leadership program at the University of New Mexico.

gb #4-206.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                     Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Miss Biancheria
                     (September 5, 2014)
 
To recognize the work of the Worcester Bravehearts, the Massachusetts Education Career Opportunities, Inc., and the Gear Up Green Energy Camp in instructing students of Worcester East Middle School in solar energy and STEM topics at National Grid's Sustainability Hub.

 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #4-10  -   Administration
                             (September 10, 2014)

SCHOOL OPENING READINESS
 
VII.   COMMUNICATION AND PETITION - NONE            
 
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING  COMMITTEE
                           NONE




IX.    PERSONNEL


 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
 
gb #4-79.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria
                   (September 8, 2014)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a general report as to the schedule for repairs this summer.
   
Annex A (2 pages)




gb #4-201.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                     Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/
                     Miss Biancheria
                     (September 10, 2014)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to consider having all schools participate in the October 3rd kick-off of the Worcester: the City that Reads campaign and the World Smile Day literacy event.

Backup










gb #4-237  -  Mr. O’Connell
                   (August 28, 2014)
 
To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the members of the IT Department and FUN Committee of Reliant Medical Group for their donation of 50 filled backpacks, teacher supplies and playground equipment to the Columbus Park Preparatory Academy.

Annex A (1 page)









gb #4-238  -  Mr. O’Connell
                    (August 28, 2014)
 
To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the support of Representative John J. Binienda for the Worcester Public Schools, their staff and students, during three decades of service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

 
gb #4-239  -  Mr. O’Connell
                   (September 2, 2014)
 
To consider creation of “standing desk classrooms” on a pilot basis, modeled on the classrooms put into place in Bryan Collegiate High School, and highlighted in the September 2014 edition of District Administration.

Annex A (2 page)







gb #4-240  -  Administration
                   (September 8, 2014)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $16,500 from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation for the purchase of science equipment and supplies at Worcester East Middle School.

Annex A (4 pages)






gb #4-241  -  Administration
                   (September 8, 2014)

To accept a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Verizon Foundation to support STEM education for grade 5 students.

Annex A (5 pages)






gb #4-242  -  Administration
                   (September 8, 2014)
 
To accept a grant in the amount of $31,200 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to support the Professional Practice Innovation grant program.

Annex A (8 pages)







gb #4-243  -  Mr. Monfredo
                   (September 8, 2014)
 
To allow Dr. Jennifer Carey, Executive Director, Worcester Educational Collaborative, to discuss plans for the “Reading on Grade Level” Kickoff for October 3rd at the School Committee Meeting on September 18, 2014.
 
 
gb #4-244  -  Mr. Monfredo
                   (September 8, 2014)
 
Request that the Administration have additional programs on bullying prevention in October for all of our schools highlighting “National Bullying Prevention Month.”

 
gb #4-245  -  Mr. Monfredo
                   (September 8, 2014)
 
Request that the Administration seek funding to assist the students at Worcester Technical High School in order support the costs to participate in the bowling league.

 
gb #4-246  -  Ms. Novick
                    (September 9, 2014)
 
To add a section to the School Committee Agenda for the Student Advisory Committee.

 
gb #4-247  -  Ms. Novick
                    (September 9, 2014)
 
To celebrate “International Walk to School Day” on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

 
gb #4-248 -  Miss Ramirez
                   (September 10, 2014)
 
To set a date to acknowledge representatives from “Cradles to Crayons” for their outstanding contributions to the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #4-249 -  Miss Biancheria
                  (September 10, 2014)

Request that the Administration review with the School Committee members the policy and procedures for kindergarten students getting on and off of the school busses.
 
 
gb #4-250  - Administration
                  (September 10, 2014)
 
To approve the proposed 2015-16, 2016-17 and the 2017-18 School Calendars.
Backup
Annex A (4 pages)




gb #4-251 -   Administration
                   (September 10, 2014)
 
Request that the School Committee approve the appointment of the following provisional civil service employee as a School Nurse, effective September 8, 2014:
 
Harthorne, Veronica, Systemwide, BA, Step 1, $41,927. Waiver: School Nurse All Levels pending.

 
gb #4-252 -    Administration
                    (September 10, 2014)
 
To discuss strategy with respect to employment litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares - Cristie Lariviere.


To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Nurses if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the collective bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

 

 
   
XI.    ADJOURNMENT
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee
 
   
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