Agenda #15 - July 23, 2015

CLERK OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20 IRVING STREET
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS 01609

AGENDA #15

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, July 23, 2015

at:

4:00 p.m. – Regular Session
5:00 p.m. - Executive Session
in the:   Room 410, Durkin Administration Building

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING

INVOCATION  -  Reverend Chester Misiewicz
                        Blessed Sacrament Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS
aor #5-14  -  Clerk

                       (July 14, 2015)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, June 18, 2015.

IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  -  NONE
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION
gb #5-149.1  -      Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Miss Ramirez/Mayor Petty/Miss Biancheria

                              (June 24, 2015)

To recognize representatives from the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Worcester Educational Development Foundation (WEDF) for all they have done for the children of Worcester by engaging them in cultural learning experiences.

gb #5-164.1  -      Administration/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty

                              (June 26, 2015)

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.

VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  -  NONE
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  -  NONE
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports met at 5:34 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.
IX. PERSONNEL  -  NONE
X. GENERAL BUSINESS
gb #5-169  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (June 12, 2015)

To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the work of AbbVie in refurbishing the library of Burncoat Middle School, in donating 1,500 new books and 10 new iPads to it, and in improving the teachers' lounge, as part of its Week of Possibilities global volunteering program.

            
gb #5-170  -   Mr. Monfredo

                        (June 15, 2015)

To forward a letter of congratulations to Nelson Place School for being one of seven national grand prize winning schools to be selected in the 2015 Preferred Meals "Healthy Lunch for a Healthier Me" art contest.

Annex A (5 pages)
gb #5-171  -   Administration

                        (June 17, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $25.00 from Target’s Take Charge of Education Program for the Tatnuck Magnet School.

gb #5-172  -   Mr. Foley

                        (June 22, 2015)

To review the status of the FY16 Budget and make appropriate transfers as required.

gb #5-173  -   Mr. Monfredo

                        (June 22, 2015)

To forward a letter of congratulations to Nelson Place fourth grade teacher Donna Quitadamo, and her students for continuing to raise awareness of Whole in the Wall Gang Camp and for raising $18,000 since 2010 to assist children with serious medical and physical challenges.

gb #5-174  -   Administration

                        (June 22, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $5,000 from the EOS Foundation in individual amounts of $500 for Healthy Start Awards for the following schools:

  • Belmont Street Community School
  • Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School
  • Elm Park Community School
  • Goddard School of Science and Technology
  • Grafton Street School
  • Jacob Hiatt Magnet School
  • Lincoln Street School
  • Francis J. McGrath Elementary School
  • Vernon Hill School
  • Woodland Academy
gb #5-175  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (June 23, 2015)

To review the responses received to the "Teacher School Climate Survey" during 2014-15.

gb #5-176  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (June 23, 2015)

To formulate a plan for restoration of the pool at South High Community School.

gb #5-177  -   Miss Ramirez

                        (June 26, 2015)

Request that the School Committee and the Administration engage in strategic planning to review vision and mission statements and set goals for 2016 for the district that are properly aligned and part of the Superintendent’s goals.

gb #5-178  -   Administration

                        (June 26, 2015)

To review the Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures for Student Activity Fund Testing for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, as prepared by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

gb #5-179  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (June 30, 2015)

To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the donation made by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Community Spirit 9-11 Mini-Grant Program to Thorndyke Road School.

gb #5-180  -   Mr. O’Connell

(June 30, 2015)

To explore options for refurbishment of the auditorium at Worcester East Middle School to include painting, replacement of the stage curtain, repair or replacement of non-functional seating, and restoration of the stage floor.

gb #5-181  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (June 30, 2015)

To explore options for expansion of Grade 6-8 programming at Worcester East Middle School, and at any other middle schools interested in implementing or expanding a Grade 6-8 program.

gb #5-182  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (July 6, 2015)

To set a date to recognize, with gratitude and appreciation, the donation by Good Sports and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group of sports equipment valued at $5,200 to Doherty Memorial High School, including pitching screens, hitting nets, baseball apparel and equipment bags.

gb #5-183  -   Mr. O’Connell

                        (July 6, 2015)

To schedule a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nelson Place School, inviting all members of the School Committee, the City Council, the legislative delegation, key municipal administrators, residents and businesses of the Nelson Place district, design and construction personnel, school benefactors, the media, and - of course - the staff, parents and students of Nelson Place School, following a format and procedure utilized customarily in groundbreakings for new Worcester schools.

gb #5-184  -   Administration

                        (July 8, 2015)

To consider participation in the USDA Community Eligibility Program which provides free meals to all students within the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #5-185  -   Miss Biancheria

                        (July 13, 2015)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding School Liaisons to include the number of them in the system, the areas they work in and indicate the line item which contains their salaries.

gb #5-186  -   Miss Biancheria

                        (July 13, 2015)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the MutualLink Grant as contained in the Collaborative Grant with the Worcester Police Department.

gb #5-187  -   Miss Biancheria

                        (July 13, 2015)

Request that the Administration provide an update on the collaborative efforts between the Worcester Police Department and the Worcester Public Schools as outlined in the 2015-16 Memorandum of Understanding.

gb #5-188  -   Miss Biancheria

                        (July 13, 2015)

Request that the Administration forward a letter of appreciation, on behalf of the School Committee, to the University of Massachusetts Medical School for the generous donation of $125,000 for the Skyline Drive Fund to support the Health and Bio Medical Science Program at Worcester Technical High School.

gb #5-189  -   Miss Biancheria

                                    (July 13, 2015)

Request that the Administration forward letters of appreciation, on behalf of the School Committee, to the appropriate contacts for the 10 sites of the College Community Connections Program and also include the community sites that provided internships.

gb #5-190  -   Administration

                        (July 13, 2015)

To accept a grant in the amount of $135,000 from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) which will provide supports for the head start programs at Millbury Street, Greendale and Mill Swan schools.

Annex A (25 pages)
gb #5-191 -    Mr. O’Connell

                        (July 13, 2015)

To cooperate with the Worcester Bravehearts to introduce its "Be Brave-Hearts Healthy" initiative in the Worcester Public Schools during the Autumn of 2015.

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #5-192  -   Ms. Novick

                        (July 14, 2015)

To set a date to recognize those from the City of Worcester Department of Public Health, the Worcester Public Schools’ Facilities Department and the Hector Reyes House for their work in creating and fulfilling the playground Joint Use Agreement.

gb #5-193  -   Administration

                        (July 15, 2015)

To accept a grant in the amount of $55,940 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide funds to purchase new up-to-date instructional equipment to support Career Technical Education programs under the Carl D. Perkins Act at the secondary level.

Annex A (12 pages)
gb #5-194  -   Administration

                        (July 15, 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."