Agenda #23 - November 19, 2015

School Committee

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

AGENDA #23

The School Committee will hold a regular meeting:
on: Thursday, November 19, 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 H. Edward Chalmers
                       St. Stephen’s Church

 
  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM  
II. ROLL CALL  
     
III. APPROVAL OF RECORDS  
 

aor #5-23 -   Clerk    (November 12, 2015)

To consider approval of the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting of Thursday, November 5, 2015.

Annex A (13 pages)

     
IV. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION   -   NONE  
     
V. IMMEDIATE ACTION  
 

gb #5-262.1  -  Administration/Administration     (November 9, 2015)

To recognize the Alumni Association of North High School and CSX for donating funds to North High School for the purchase of a van to transport students to internships.

 
 

gb #5-285.1  -   Administration/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Foley/Mayor Petty   (November 9, 2015)

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 #5-288.1  -   Administration/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Foley/Mayor Petty   (November 9, 2015)

To recognize 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 #5-302  -   Administration    (November 10, 2015)

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

 
     
VI. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  
 

ros #5-12  -  Administration   (November 12, 2015)

UPDATE ON STATE ASSESSMENTS

Annex A (4 pages)

     
VII. COMMUNICATION AND PETITION   -   NONE  
     
VIII. REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE  
  The Standing Committee on Finance and Operations met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building.  
     
IX. PERSONNEL   -   NONE  
     
X. GENERAL BUSINESS  
 

gb #5-303  -   Mr. Monfredo    (November 10, 2015)

To set a date to recognize Hanover Theater and South High Principal Maureen Binienda on their collaborative partnership by reaching out to the community and the students.

 
 

gb #5-304  -   Ms. Novick  (November 10, 2015)

To report out on the 2015 MASC Delegates' Assembly and Joint Conference.

 
 

gb #5-305  -   Administration    (November 10, 2015)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $51.18 for mileage reimbursement.

 
 

gb #5-306  -   Administration    (November 10, 2015)

To accept a donation in the amount of $25.00 from Marcella Brackett in memory of Sheila Johnson for the Worcester Public Schools.

 
 

gb #5-307  -   Administration    (November 10, 2015)

To approve a prior fiscal year payment in the amount of $9,120 for special education transportation reimbursement.

 
 

gb #5-308  -   Administration   (November 10, 2015)

To authorize the Administration to solicit proposals for the lease of space and award a contract of up to five years for additional space to alleviate overcrowding for Chandler Elementary School.

 
 

gb #5-309  -   Administration  (November 10, 2015)

Request that the School Committee authorize the Interim Superintendent to act as its representative to execute all contracts and other legally binding documents in the name and on behalf of the School Committee with the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development.  

 
 

gb #5-310  -   Miss Biancheria    (November 12, 2015)

Request that the Administration review with the School Committee the bus transportation safety equipment requirements.

 
 

gb #5-311  -   Mayor Petty   (November 12, 2015)

Request that the School Committee vote to rebid the Request for Proposals for a search firm for the selection of the next Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools, due to the lack of a sufficient number of bidders.

 
 

gb #5-312  -  Administration    (November 12, 2015)

Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Grievance #14/15-14.

Finding that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee, the committee votes to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to litigation and collective bargaining for a teacher.

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 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 Bus Monitor, 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 Custodian, 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
 

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