Agenda #14 - June 18, 2015

School Committee

AGENDA #14

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
 
on:  Thursday, June 18, 2015
at:    6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
        7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in:    Council Chamber, City Hall

 
ORDER OF BUSINESS



I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING
    
ACTION
INVOCATION - Reverend Noel Williamson
                           Pleasant Street Baptist Church


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

 
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS
 
aor #5-13  -  Clerk
                     (June 10, 2015)
 
To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 4, 2015.

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #5-151.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/
                           Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/
                           Mayor Petty/Miss Biancheria
                           (June 9, 2015)
 
To recognize the Worcester Bravehearts for their involvement and incentives to promote reading with our students.
 
gb #5-153.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                         Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/
                         Miss Ramirez/Mayor Petty
                         (June 9, 2015)
 
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 #5-156.1  -   Administration/Administration
                         (June 9, 2015)
 
To recognize the Worcester Public Schools' Teacher of the Year, finalists and the Nurse of the Year.
 
gb #5-163  -   Administration
                        (June 10, 2015)
 
To recognize Stacey A. DeBoise Luster, Human Resource Manager, for her dedication to the students, teachers and staff of the Worcester Public Schools.
  
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #5-6  -   Administration
                   (June 10, 2015)
 
TO CONSIDER THE SUPERINTENDENT’S MID-CYCLE REPORT RELATIVE TO THE GOALS
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  - NONE
   
 
 
VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
NONE



IX.    PERSONNEL - NONE 
  
 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS
 
 
gb #5-109.2  -   Administration/Administration
                           (June 10, 2015)
 
To consider the proposed FY16 Budget and the responses to the following motions:
  • Request that the Administration interact with Spyglass in Cleveland, Ohio, or any other appropriate entities, to discuss a share of savings for telephone utilization by doing a line by line analysis of telephone usage. 
  • Request that the Administration provide a report regarding the number of years that the system had no layoffs.
  • Request that the Administration provide a report indicating the percentage of substitute coverage provided daily, the number of teachers who are absent systemwide and the success rate of covering these classes.

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Annex A (1 page)

Annex B (1 page)

Annex C (1 page)

Annex D (1 page)

gb #5-113.1  -   Administration/Mr. Foley
                           (June 10, 2015)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide any necessary changes to be incorporated into the Homeschool Policy in the 2015-16 Policy Handbook.
 
Annex A (1 page)

gb #5-144.1  -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                           Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
                           (June 10, 2015)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report indicating the number of families involved in homeschooling and include an explanation of the extracurricular activities available to them.
 
Annex A (1 page)


gb #5-154.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/
                           Mr. Monfredo/Miss Ramirez
                           (June 10, 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 #5-164  -   Mr. O’Connell
                       (May 28, 2015)
 
To set a date to recognize the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation and Harkins Community Consulting for their creation of a pilot service learning curriculum for the AVID program in the Worcester Public Schools.

 
gb #5-165  - Administration
                     (June 10, 2015)
 
To consider all items filed by the School Committee that have budgetary implications in light of the FY16 Budget.
 
Annex A (2 pages)

gb #5-166  - Administration
                       (June 10, 2015)
 
Request that the Superintendent be granted the annual authorization to make the final year end transfers necessary to balance surplus and deficit accounts for the fiscal year closing on June 30, 2015.

 
gb #5-167  -   Administration
                       (June 10, 2015)
 
To discuss strategy in preparation for contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and to conduct negotiations with nonunion personnel – Chief Academic Officer.
 
To discuss strategy in preparation for contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and to conduct negotiations with nonunion personnel – Chief Finance and Operations Officer.

 
   
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.