Agenda #22 - November 5, 2015

School Committee

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

AGENDA #22

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, November 5, 2015
at:
6:00 p.m. - Executive Session
7:00 p.m. – Regular Session
in the: Esther Howland, South Chamber at City Hall

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

ACTION

I. CALL TO ORDER  -  REGULAR MEETING  
 
INVOCATION  -  Reverend Roosevelt Hughes
John Street Baptist Church
 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
 

aor #5-21 -   Clerk  (October 22, 2015)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, October 15, 2015.

 Annex (14 pages)
 

aor #5-22 -   Clerk   (October 22, 2015)

To consider approval of the Executive Session Minutes of January 22, 2015, March 5, 2015 and April 9, 2015.

Annex (3 pages) 
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION   -   NONE  
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #5-283  -   Administration   (October 8, 2015)

To recognize Melinda J. Boone, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, for her dedication to the students, teachers and staff of the Worcester Public Schools and to wish her well in her new position as Superintendent of the Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia.

 
 

gb #5-284  -   Administration   (October 22, 2015)

To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.

 
     
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
 

ros #5-11.1  -  Administration/Administration   (October 19, 2015)

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION EVALUATION REPORT

 

Annex A (46 pages)

VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   -   NONE  
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE   -   NONE  
IX. PERSONNEL  
 

5-44  The Superintendent has APPROVED the RETIREMENT of the persons named below:

Garbarczyk, Barbara, Teacher, Mathematics, Sullivan Middle, effective October 18, 2015

Pandolfo, Patricia, Teacher, Special Education, effective October 11, 2015

5-45  The Superintendent ACKNOWLEDGES the RESIGNATION of the person named below:

Handley, Jennifer, Teacher, English as a Second Language, Sullivan Middle, effective October 19, 2015

5-46  The Superintendent has APPROVED the APPOINTMENT of the persons named below:

Cohen, Jacquelyn, Teacher, Special Education, University Park, MA, Step 8, $72,283, effective October 26, 2015. Licensed: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8.

Durning, Joyce, Teacher, Elementary, City View, BA, Step 1, $45,064, effective October 5, 2015. Licensed: Early Childhood with and without Disabilities PreK-2.

Phillips, Priscilla, Teacher, Allied Health, North, BA+15, Step 8, $68,665 effective October 20, 2015. Licensed: Health Sciences 9-14.

5-47   The Superintendent has APPOINTED the persons named below to the position of Cafeteria Helper, permanent/intermittent at a salary of $12.94 per hour, from Civil Service List #315-037, effective as shown:

Anderson, Curtis                         10/5/15
Buffone, Lois                             10/5/15
Goodwin, Jodi                            10/5/15
Hercules, Aslyn                           10/5/15
lnam, Magdaline                         10/5/15
Madrid, Alexis                            10/5/15
Malkowski, Karolina                    10/5/15
Masha, Ardian                            10/5/15
McIntyre, Donna                         10/5/15
Ortiz Orve, Alfonzo                     10/5/15
Robinson, Edward                      10/5/15
Sanchez, Maria                           10/5/15
Salinas, Maritza                         10/5/15
Shanley, Deborah                       10/5/15
Smith, Melvin                              10/5/15
Turner, Joanne                            10/5/15
Weaver, Alexis                            10/5/15
Wilson, Glenna                           10/5/15
Brenner, Sheila                           10/7/15
Bacchiocchi, Kristy                     10/13/15
 
     
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #5-285  -   Miss Biancheria   (October 8, 2015)

To set a date to recognize the following individuals of the 365Z Foundation for their commitment to kindness: 

Rosemary Ford, President
Paul LaCava, Co-founder
Ed Gardella, Co-founder
 
 

gb #5-286  -   Administration   (October 9, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $3,651.87 from the Tatnuck Parent Association for the Tatnuck Magnet Playground.

 
 

gb #5-287  -   Administration   (October 13, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $9,976.36 from the Doherty Memorial High School Student Activity Funds for Doherty Memorial High School.

 
 

gb #5-288  -   Mr. Monfredo   (October 14, 2015)

To forward letters to the following students for being named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program:

Burncoat High School:   Laurana Nyman

Doherty Memorial High School:   Aubrey Leary & Morgaine Payson

North High School:   Elena M. Jacques

 
 

gb #5-289  -   Administration   (October 16, 2015)

To authorize the Administration to solicit proposals for the lease of space and award a contract of up to ten years, subject to appropriation by the School Committee, for the Advanced High School Academy at Doherty Memorial High School. 

 
 

gb #5-290  -   Administration   (October 16, 2015)

To review and discuss the communication from the Bureau of Environmental Health of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding their discontinuance of the required continuous monitoring and maintenance of the radon mitigation system at City View Discovery School and to discuss the Administration’s recommendation for future radon sampling and surveys. 

Annex A (8 pages)

 

gb #5-291  -   Mr. Monfredo   (October 19, 2015)

Request that the School Committee review the policy on cell phones and gather information from all secondary principals.

 
 

gb #5-292  -   Mr. Monfredo   (October 19, 2015)

Request that the Administration include chronic absenteeism percentages in all accountability plans and annual benchmarks.

 
 

gb #5-293  -   Administration   (October 19, 2015)

To appoint Dr. Rodrigues to the Board of the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative to represent the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #5-294  -   Administration   (October 22, 2015)

To approve a prior year payment in the amount of $9,183.90.

 
 

gb #5-295  -   Administration   (October 19, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $4,200 from RCB St. John’s Parish to Union Hill School for purchase of iPads to be used at the St. John’s Parish After-school Program for Union Hill students.

 
 

gb #5-296  -  Administration   (October 27, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $10,000 from the Estate of James E. Driscoll for the Virginia M. Driscoll Scholarship Fund for South High Community School.

 
 

gb #5-297  -   Administration   (October 28, 2015)

To accept a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) – Zonar Hardware Grant to the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (1 page)

 

gb #5-298  -   Administration   (October 28, 2015)

To accept a grant in the amount of $750 from Target to fund two performances of Diamonds and Toads by Greater Worcester Opera for students at Jacob Hiatt Magnet School.

Annex A (8 pages)

 

gb #5-299  -   Administration     (October 28, 2015)

To accept a grant in the amount of $1,000 from Target to fund enrichment opportunities that will allow the school to purchase much needed supplies for enrichment activities that occur during Extended Learning Time (ELT).

Annex A (6 pages)
 

gb #5-300  -   Mr. O’Connell    (October 28, 2015)

To determine whether school principals are permitted to serve as "decision-makers" in student discipline hearings held pursuant to Section 37H 3/4 of the Massachusetts General Laws (as amended by Section 3 of Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012), as is their right, and, if so, to verify that the principals are receiving the support, training, and legal advice necessary or proper to assist them in exercising their authority and discretion in this regard.

 
 

gb #5-301  -   Administration    (October 28, 2015)

To discuss strategy with respect to litigation of a worker’s compensation case for an Instructional Assistant, 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 litigation of a worker’s compensation case for a Cafeteria Manager, 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 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.

 
     
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."