Agenda #10 - April 30, 2015

School Committee


The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on:  Thursday, April 30, 2015
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Council Chamber, City Hall

INVOCATION - Reverend Roosevelt Hughes
                        John Street Baptist Church



aor #5-7 -    Clerk
                     (April 16, 2015)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Friday, March 20, 2015.
aor #5-8 -    Clerk
                     (April 16, 2015)
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, April 9, 2015.

gb #5-78.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                      Mr. Foley/Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/
                      Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                     (March 30, 2015)


To recognize the following recipients of the 2015 Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
Burncoat Middle School
Kiana Albertson
Thu Le 
Savonne Pickett
Burncoat High School
Mary Nancy Kamanga
Laurana Nyman  
Doherty Memorial High School
Aleesa Asfoura
Jamie Courtney
Nicholas Mangra          
Kathleen Miller-Vickers  
Julia Narain 
Tianna Rivera   
Sofia Tanoglu 

Silver Key
Gold Key
Silver Key

Silver Key
Silver Key

Silver Key
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Silver Key
Gold Key, 2 Silver Keys and an Honorable Mention

 gb #5-116 -    Administration
                        (April 20, 2015)
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.


ros #5-4  -    Administration
                    (April 21, 2015)

c&p #5-4  -    Clerk
                       (April 2, 2015)
To consider a communication from the Site Council at Clark Street Developmental Learning School relative to the naming of the library in memory of Eileen Barbieri.

The Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.


5-15     The Superintendent has APPROVED the
RETIREMENT of the person(s) named below:
Brown, Donald, Teacher, Science, Forest Grove, effective March 31, 2015
Earls, Muriel, Teacher, Elementary, Worcester Arts, effective April 1, 2015
5-16     The Superintendent has provisionally appointed
the persons named below to the position of Junior Custodian, permanent/fulltime at a salary of $14.98 (minimum) to $19.17 (maximum), per hour, effective as follows:
Mayer, Nicholas            4/6/15
Carpino, Brenda           4/6/15
Glavin, Shawn              4/13/15
Lombardi, Jeffrey          4/13/15
Letourneau, Ronald      4/13/15
Gervais, Peter               4/13/15

gb #5-98.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                      Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick
                      (April 14, 2015)
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report indicating the source and amount of new funding utilized to add positions at North High School.
Annex A (1 page)

gb #5-117  -   Administration
                      (April 10, 2015)
To accept a donation in the amount of $40.00 from Marjorie Wetzel for the Special Education Transition Program.

gb #5-118  -   Administration
                       (April 10, 2015)
To consider approval of prior fiscal year invoices for the FY14 Natural Gas Payment in the total amount of $27,433.15.

gab #5-119  - Administration
                        (April 10, 2015)
To vote for a planning year for a “Pilot Innovation Academy,” according to the approved timeframe.

Annex A (1 page)
gb #5-120  -   Mr. Monfredo
                        (April 10, 2015)
To set a date to recognize the students at South High Community School for receiving the 2015 Youth Volunteer Group Award at the Harvest Project Annual Celebration.

gb #5-121 -    Mr. Monfredo
                        (April 10, 2015)
To set a date to recognize Maureen Binienda, Principal of South High Community School, for receiving the “Partners in Excellence Principal Award” from Mass Insight Education for her advocacy and support of the AP STEM Program.

gb #5-122  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (April 13, 2015)
To set a date to congratulate Mary Doyle, a teacher at Burncoat High School, for receiving the Partners in Excellence Teacher Award from Mass Insight Education.
gb #5-123  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (April 15, 2015)
To set a date to recognize First Night Worcester for its work in developing, and expanding, its "Worcester On The Move" program for the benefit and well-being of the students of South High Community School.
gb #5-124  -   Mr. O’Connell
                      (April 15, 2015)
To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the volunteers of "Working for Worcester", who are assisting the Worcester Public Schools in several key initiatives, including improvements at Elm Park Community School, construction of a new playground and renovation of the school's soccer field, refurbishment of the South High Community School food pantry, general outside maintenance on the grounds of South, installation of a basketball court at May Street School, and refurbishment of the baseball field at Thorndyke Road School.

gb #5-125  -     Mr. Monfredo
                        (April 15, 2015)
To forward congratulatory letters to the following schools for their outstanding success in the robotic competition:

Elementary Robotic Scrimmage Awards


City View School - Robot Skills Award, Excellence Award, and
Judges’ Award
Coach-Eric O’Connell
Clark Street Developmental Learning School - Create Award,
and Design Award
Coach-Carolyn McCarthy
Goddard School of Science and Technology - Engineering
Notebook Award, Energy Award, and Judges Award
Coach-Deborah Bastien
Midland Street School - Design Award, and Excellence Award
Coach-Linda Forte
Quinsigamond School - Energy Award, Engineering Notebook
Award, and Team Spirit Award
Coach-Elizabeth Bombard
Tatnuck Magnet School - Engineering Notebook Award,
Engineering Award, STEM Research Project Award, and Teamwork Champion Award
Coach-Christine Lloyd
Vernon Hill School - Engineering Award, Judges’ Award, and
Robotics Skills Award
Coach-Fran Shepard
Woodland Academy - Inspire Award, and Engineering Notebook
Coach-William Foster

gb #5-126  -     Miss  Biancheria
                        (April 17, 2015)
Request that the Administration conduct a Safety Summit that would include the staff of the Worcester Public Schools, the safety liaison, the Mayor, the City Manager, the District Attorney, the Worcester Police Department and Juvenile Justice Agencies.
gb #5-127  -     Miss Biancheria
                        (April 17, 2015)
Request that the Administration provide a report as to how the portion of the funds from Channel 11, earmarked for the Worcester Public Schools, are utilized indicating who oversees this budget.
gb #5-128  -     Administration
                        (April 21, 2015)
To consider a price increase for student lunches for the 2015-16 school year in accordance with the Equity in School Lunch provision of the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

gb #5-129  -   Mr. Monfredo
                      (April 22, 2015)
To set a date to recognize Deborah Catamero, Principal of Burncoat Elementary School, for receiving the EOS Healthy Start Award.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #5-130  -   Ms. Novick
                       (April 22, 2015)
To thank Jen and Russell McClintock and volunteers from St. John's High School for the painting they did at Goddard School of Science and Technology. 
gab #5-131  -   Ms. Novick
                        (April 22, 2015)
To send a letter to our delegation urging them to support the bill proposed by Representative Fernandes that would create a state emergency account to reimburse districts for midyear increases in ELL students. 

gb #5-132  -     Administration
                        (April 22, 2015)
To receive public comment regarding the School Committee’s support of the Worcester Police Department’s interest in obtaining a grant to support technology for enhanced communications between the Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester Police Department.

gb #5-133 -  Administration
                     (April 22, 2015)
To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a worker’s compensation case for a teacher, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for Health Insurance 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 personnel.

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