Agenda #13 - June 4, 2015

School Committee

AGENDA #13

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
     
at:          4:00 p.m. – Budget Hearing
              6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
              7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in the:    Esther Howland South Chamber, City Hall


ORDER OF BUSINESS



  ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING
    
 
INVOCATION -  Reverend Gary Shahinian
                             Park Congregational Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/
NATIONAL ANTHEM


 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS   

       aor #5-12  -  Clerk
                            (May 26, 2015)
 
       To consider approval of the Minutes of the
       School Committee Meeting of Thursday, May 21,
       2015.
 
 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 

        gb #5-129.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                                Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/
                                Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/
                                Miss Ramirez/Mayor Petty
                                (May 11, 2015)
 
        To recognize the following schools for
        having received the EOS Healthy Start Award:
 
        Deborah Catamero, Burncoat Elementary
                                        School
        Dr. Susan Hodgkins, Belmont Street 
                                          Community School
        Mary Sealey, Canterbury Street Magnet 
                             Computer-Based School
         Ivonne Perez, Chandler Magnet School
        Joany Santa, Elm Park Community School
        Kendall Grigg, Goddard School of Science and
                                Technology
        Joanna Cackett, Grafton Street School
        Dr. Patricia Jordan, Jacob Hiatt Magnet School
        Martha Dewar, Lincoln Street School
        Paula Gibb-Severin, McGrath Elementary School
        Carenza Jackson, Vernon Hill School
        Patricia Padilla, Woodland Academy


        gb #5-143.1  -  Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                                Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/
                                Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty
                                (May 26, 2015)
 
       To recognize Belmont Street Community School 
       for receiving the Reading Energizer Award from
       the Scholastic Book Company and Energizer. 

       gb #5-147 -  Administration
                           (May 27, 2015)
 
       To consider input from the School Committee’s
       student representatives.

 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT - NONE

 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  

c&p #5-5  -   Clerk   
                      (May 26, 2015)

To consider a communication from the EAW regarding a proposal to adopt a moratorium on high-stakes standardized testing.

 
VIII.   REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES
 

        The Joint Meeting of the Standing Committee

on Finance and Operations and the City Council’s Standing Committee on Education met at 7:08 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

 

The Standing Committee on Governance and
Employee Issues met at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.

 

 






IX.    PERSONNEL
     
 5-20   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the 
           persons named below to the position of
           Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a
           salary of $12.69 per hour, from Civil Service
           List #315-003, effective as shown:
 
          Tenczar, Melissa                              4/27/15
 
5-21   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
           shown:
 
            Borbone, Joshua                 5/11/15
 
5-23   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the
           person named below to the position of Word
           Processor, permanent/fulltime at a salary of 
          $17.74 hourly (minimum) to $ 21.58 hourly
          (maximum) from Civil Service List #315-024, 
          effective as shown:
 
            Zona, Mary                             5/13/15
            Olivieras, Myria                      5/18/15
            Roberts, Jo-Anne                   5/18/15

 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
   
gb #5-109.1  -   Administration/
                         Administration
                         (May 27, 2015)
 
To consider the proposed FY16 Budget.

 
gb #5-148  -   Mr. Monfredo
                      (May 14, 2015)
 
Request that the Administration forward letters of congratulations to the following art winners in the Fair Housing Poster Contest:



Xavier Perez Kindergarten Roosevelt School
Elijah Antoine 4th grade Gates Lane School of International Studies
Angeles Mendez-DeLeon 5th grade Woodland Academy
Raymond Lopez 10th grade Worcester Technical High School
Sharleen Feeron 10th grade Worcester Technical High School
Erik Martinez 11th grade Doherty Memorial High School 

  

 
gb #5-149  -   Mr. Monfredo
                        (May 18, 2015)
 
To set a date to recognize Cultural LEAP and the WEDF for all they have done for the children of Worcester in engaging our students in cultural learning experiences.

 
gb #5-150  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (May 21, 2015)
 
Request that the Administration review the summer school program and provide a report to include the number of students enrolled, attendance percentage for each school and an evaluation of their educational progress.

 
gb #5-151  -   Mr. Monfredo
                       (May 21, 2015)
To set a date to recognize the Worcester Bravehearts for their involvement and incentives to promote reading with our students.

 
gb #5-152  -   Administration
                      (May 27, 2015)
 To hold a public hearing on the proposed Innovation Plans for Claremont Academy.

 
gb #5-153  - Mr. O’Connell
                     (May 27, 2015)

To set a date to recognize the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust and Roosevelt School for their support of the Worcester Tree Initiative and for their efforts at beautification of the grounds of Roosevelt School.

 
gb #5-154  -   Mr. O’Connell
                      (May 27, 2015)

To transfer from Account 500-91112, or from such other account as is selected by the administration, sufficient funds to permit the Worcester Public Schools' crew team to send two crews to Fairfax County, Virginia, to attend the National Schools' Championship Regatta, sponsored by the National Scholastic Rowing Association, for which they have qualified.

 
gb #5-155  -   Ms. Novick
                       (May 27, 2015)
 
Request administration share with staff, parents, and students the dates, times, and locations of the upcoming Board of Education hearings on PARCC and MCAS, as well as contact information for submitting testimony.
 
Annex A (1 pages)

gb #5-156  -   Administration
                      (May 27, 2015)

To set a date to recognize the Worcester PUblic Schools' Teacher of the Year and the finalists.
 
 
gb #5-157  -   Ms. Novick
                       (May 27, 2015)
 
Request administration update the School Committee regarding FY15 capital spending, including MSBA reimbursements.
 
 
gb #5-158  -   Ms. Novick
                       (May 27, 2015)
 
Request administration consider appropriate and equitable implementation of the Worcester Public Schools' student dress code.

 
          gb #5-159  -  Administration
                                (May 27, 2015)

         To consider the appointment of a district
         representative to the Board of Directors to
serve on the Central MA Special Education

         Collaborative.        

 
        gb #5-160  -  Miss Biancheria
                              (May 27, 2015)

        Request that the Administration provide the 
        number of students that are serviced by
        adjustment counselors and the number of
        students serviced by guidance counselors at
        each high school.

 
        gb #5-161  -  Miss Ramirez
                             (May 27, 2015)

         To review and consider advocating for the
         Worcester Child Development Head Start
         program by sending a letter to the Worcester
         legislative delegation in support of
         funding under the Inclusive Preschool Learning
         Environments grant, a state funded grant
         under the Department of Early Education and
         Care, which is being reallocated in a way that
         will result in a significant loss of funds to the
         Early Childhood programs of the Worcester
         Public Schools.  


Annex A (5 pages)


         gb #5-162  -  Administration
                               (May 27, 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.