Agenda #11 - May 7, 2015

School Committee

AGENDA #11



The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:  Thursday, May 7, 2015
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 Lou Soiles
                        Journey Community Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 
aor #5-9  -  Clerk
                    (April 29, 2015)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  -
                                NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #5-78.2  -  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             Silver Key
Thu Le                           Gold Key
Savonne Pickett             Silver Key

Burncoat High School
Mary Nancy Kamanga     Silver Key
Laurana Nyman               Silver Key

Doherty Memorial High School
Aleesa Asfoura                Silver Key
Jamie Courtney               Honorable Mention
Nicholas Mangra             Honorable Mention
Kathleen Miller-Vickers   Honorable Mention
Julia Narain                     Honorable Mention
Tianna Rivera                 Silver Key
Sofia Tanoglu                 Gold Key, 2 Silver Keys 
                                      and an Honorable Mention
                  
gb #5-96.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                      Miss Ramirez/Mr. Foley/
                      Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
                      Ms. Novick
                      (April 14, 2015)
 
To recognize Donna Lombardi, Director of Child Nutrition Programs, for being featured in the March 2015 Journal of School Nutrition for utilizing a “Smart Strategy” to mobilize the summer meal program, the Worcester “Fun in the Sun” Summer Food Truck.

gb #5-104.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                        Miss Ramirez/Mr. Monfredo/
                        Mr. Foley/Miss Biancheria/
                        Ms. Novick
                        (April 14, 2015)
 
To recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the assistance of the Central Community Branch of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, and of CrossFit Worcester, in making possible the "Sprint into Spring" fundraising indoor rowing competition event for the benefit of the crew team of the Worcester Public Schools.
 
gb #5-134 -  Administration
                    (April 20, 2015)
 
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.

 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
                           
ros #5-5  -  Administration
                             (April 29, 2015)

INNOVATION SCHOOLS – END OF 3-YEAR CYCLE REPORT

VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION 
                              - NONE   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.






IX.    PERSONNEL - NONE     

 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
   
gb #4-321.1  -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                         Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                         (April 29, 2015)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide an update on the School Facilities Master Plan, which was last updated in February 2012, to include renovation projects, accomplishments, long-term planning and savings reductions in energy costs.

 
gb #4-330.1  -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                        Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                        Mr. Monfredo
                        (April 29, 2015)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a listing by school of the recess equipment purchased by elementary principals.

Annex A (1 page)




gb #5-127.1  -    Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell
                           (May 1, 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.
Annex A (1 page)

gb #5-135  -   Mr. O’Connell
                      (April 29, 2015)

To consider reestablishing the Doherty Satellite Middle School Program, modeled on the program in place for seventh and eighth grade students during 2000-2002, to inquire as to available sites for the program, including but not limited to St. Spyridon Orthodox Cathedral, and to invite the Worcester Education Collaborative to assist in the consideration process.

 
gb #5-136  -   Mr. O’Connell
                        (April 29, 2015)
 
To review the level and consistency of enforcement of the following provision of the Policies Handbook for the Worcester Public Schools (Page 57): "[s]tudents must store all cell phones, book bags, gym bags and outerwear (coats and jackets) in their lockers during the school day."

 
gb #5-137  -   Administration
                        (April 29, 2015)

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.