Agenda #4 - March 5, 2015

School Committee

AGENDA #4

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

 
ORDER OF BUSINESS



  ACTION
I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING

INVOCATION
- Reverend Dimitrios Moraitis
              St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM

                                   
II.     ROLL CALL

 
III.    APPROVAL OF RECORDS  - NONE

 
IV.    MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION  - NONE

 
V.     IMMEDIATE ACTION
 
gb #5-22.1  - Administration/Mayor Petty/
                  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/
                  Ms. Novick/Miss Ramirez/
                  Miss Biancheria
                 (January 30, 2015)
 
To recognize the recipients of the Posse Foundation full four-year college scholarships as follows:

 

 
Student
 
High School
 
College/University
 
Kwaku Amponsah
 
Claremont Academy
 
Bucknell University
 
Alex Black
 
Doherty Memorial High School
 
Hamilton College
 
Nancy Lopez Ramirez
 
North High School
 
Union College
 
Vanna Tran
 
University Park Campus School
 
Denison University
 
Sha-Asia Taylor
 
Worcester Technical High School
 
Bucknell University

 

gb #5-57 -  Administration
                 (February 10, 2015)
 
To consider input from the School Committee’s student representatives.
 
VI.    REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

ros #5-2  -  Administration
                 (February 25, 2015)
 
PRELIMINARY FY16 BUDGET ESTIMATES
 
VII.    COMMUNICATION AND PETITION  
   
c&p #5-3  -   Clerk
                    (February 23, 2015)
 
To consider a communication from the EAW to discuss the Massachusetts Law regarding fingerprinting.

VIII.   REPORT OF THE STANDING
          COMMITTEE  - NONE




IX.    PERSONNEL  - NONE     

 
X.     GENERAL BUSINESS  
gb #4-257.1  -   Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                       Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
                      (February 19, 2015)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to report as to programs held in the Worcester Public Schools in recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17), as is mandated for "each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year."
 
Annex A (6 pages)

gb #4-289.3  -    Administration/Miss Biancheria/
                        Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                        Mr. O’Connell
                        (February 20, 2015)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report on the funds transferred from the City to the Worcester Public Schools under CSX, the dollar amount and how the funds have been appropriated.

Annex A (1 page)

gb #5-11.1  -  Administration/Mr. O’Connell/
                   Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick/
                   Miss Ramirez/Miss Biancheria
                   (February 20, 2015)
 
Response of the Administration to the request to encourage students in grades 7 through 12 in the Worcester Public Schools to participate in the 25th annual Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference at St. John’s High School.

Backup


gb #5-58  -  Administration
                 (February 7, 2015)
 
To review the reports on compliance and internal controls for the City of Worcester, including the Worcester Public Schools, from the Certified Public Accounting firm of CliftonLarsenAllen, LLP for the year ended June 30, 2014 which include the GAO and OMB A-133 Reports and the Management Letter and Independent Accountants’ Report on Applying Agreed Upon Procedures for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education End of Year Financial Report for fiscal year 2013, prepared by Robert C. Alario, CPA,  P.C.

  

 
gb #5-59  -   Mr. Monfredo
                  (February 7, 2015)
 
To forward letters of congratulations to the following students for being selected the winners in the Worcester Historical Museum’s “Be Our Valentine” contest:



Historic Contemporary Verse Masters
Grade 3
Riley Driscoll
Worcester Arts Magnet School
 
Grade 4
Dana Abdulameer
City View School
 
Grade 5
Glory Tran
Clark Street School
 
Grade 6
Francine Ntunzwenimana
City View School
Grade 3
Isaiah Ruiz
McGrath Elementary School
 
Grade 4
Lauren Popinchalk
Worcester Arts Magnet School
 
Grade 5
Shy Colon
Belmont Street School
 
Grade 6
Jadiana Bahnan
Lincoln Street School
Grade 3
Sofia Libuda
Worcester Arts Magnet School
 
Grade 4
Grace Zereski
Thorndyke Road School
Grade 4
Historic
Carlitos Molina Worcester Arts Magnet School
 
Contemporary
Nolan Farrell
Worcester Arts Magnet School
 
 


 
gb #5-60  -    Ms. Novick
                     (February 25, 2015)
 
To recognize the Worcester Public Schools for being a second time recipient of the Meritorious Budget Award provided by the Association of School Business Officials International.

  

Annex A (2 pages)
gb #5-61  -     Ms. Novick
                        (February 25, 2015)
 
Request Administration share with parents the specific dates their children will be taking the MCAS or PARCC exam (for all sessions).
 
 
gb #5-62  -     Ms. Novick
                        (February 25, 2015)
 
Request Administration report on the impact of changes to vocational school regulations, passed by the Board of Education on February 24, 2015, to Worcester Technical High School, particularly with regard to admissions.

 
gb #5-63  -     Administration
                     (February 25, 2015)
 
To accept a donation in the amount of $45.05 from Target’s Take Charge of Education Program for the Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School.

 
gb #5-64  -     Administration
                    (February 25, 2015)

To authorize the Administration, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30b, Section 12, to enter into a ten year agreement with the YMCA of Central Massachusetts – Central Branch for the rental of the gymnasium and parking spaces for Jacob Hiatt Magnet School. 

Annex A (1 page)

gb #5-65  -     Miss Biancheria
                        (February 25, 2015)
 
Request that the Administration provide an update on North High School.

 
gb #5-66 -  Administration
                  (February 25, 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.