Agenda #8 November 20, 2012

School Committee
Committee Members
John L. Foley - Chairman
Donna M. Colorio - Vice-chairman
Tracy O'Connell Novick
Administrative Representative
Brian Allen



The Standing Committee on FINANCE AND OPERATIONS will hold a meeting:
on:   Tuesday, November 20, 2012
at:    5:00 p.m.
in:    Room 410, DAB




gb #1-100 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo (March 23, 2011)
To prepare a statement of requested modifications to the cable service contract between the City of Worcester and Charter Communications, for consideration by the City Council and its Subcommittee on Public Service and Transportation.
gb #1-219 - Mr. Foley/Mrs. Mullaney/Ms. Novick (July 26, 2011)
To review the status of the FY12 Budget and recommend appropriate account transfers as required.
gb #1-310 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo (November 21, 2011)
Request that the Administration provide a report in connection with funding for the school district and include the rationale for these expenditures.
gb #1-314 - Mr. O'Connell (November 22, 2011)
To establish a competitive bid or RFP process for any siting of clothing drop off recycle containers by private entities on property of the Worcester Public Schools.
gb #1-324 - Mayor O'Brien (November 30, 2011)
Request that the Administration and the School Committee explore the idea of adding an additional "Highly Qualified" stipend to the Instructional Assistants Contract as part of next year’s budget discussion.

c&p #2-11 - Clerk (September 5, 2012)
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding a transportation issue.

gb #2-55  -  Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/Miss Biancheria  (February 17, 2012)


To consider acquisition or leasing of the St. Peter – Marian Junior High School building, for use as an academy for a new small-scale specialized secondary school (up to 300 students), or as a secondary school satellite program (similar to the former Doherty Satellite School), or as a temporary home for schools undergoing major renovations, or otherwise.

Annex A (1 page)

gb #2-69  -  Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Novick  (March 7, 2012)


Request that the Administration review current school bus routes, and reconfigure them, to eliminate outdated bus stops and routes and to maximize the efficiency of the school bus system.

Annex A (1 page)

gb #2-104  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (March 28, 2012)

To review the practices and procedures of the Worcester Public Schools regarding unemployment compensation, which will include a discussion of the topics set forth in the February 27, 2012 letter of city and town finance officials (including the Director of Finance of the City of Worcester) to Governor Patrick.

Annex A (4 pages)

Annex A (44 pages)

gb #2-197 - Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (June 6, 2012)
To coordinate with the City Council and the City Manager as to the schedule for the budget hearings for the 2014 fiscal year, so that the School Committee will address its budget before the City Council conducts its own hearing regarding the budget.
Annex A (2 pages)

gb #2-214 - Ms. Novick/Mr. O'Connell - (July 5, 2012)
Request that the Administration invite the City Auditor to discuss the Actuarial Valuation and Review for the Worcester Retirement System, as of January 1, 2012.
Annex A (46 pages)

gb #2-223 - Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Ms. Novick     (July 16, 2012)
To review the status of the FY13 Budget and recommend appropriate account transfers as required.
Annex A (3 pages)

Annex B (1 page)

gb #2-229 - Mr. Foley/Mr. O'Connell/Ms. Novick/Ms. Colorio/Mayor Petty/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (July 31, 2012)
To invite representatives from the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative to meet with the Worcester School Committee to discuss the recent findings from the audit by the State Auditor and the steps to be taken to remedy those findings.
Annex A (3 pages)

Annex B (24 pages)

gb #2-305 -   Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell (November 6, 2012)
Request that the Administration provide a copy of the contract for the Durham Bus Company to all School Committee members including the Mayor and review the policies and procedures of hiring drivers and substitute drivers.
Annex A (12 pages)

Annex B (12 pages)

motions (ros #0-18.1) - Mayor O’Brien (July 21, 2011)
Request that the Administration provide a report regarding School Choice options for enrollment of special education students and students who would benefit from the alternative school programs within the Worcester Public Schools.
Request that the Administration consider appropriate tuition charges for the enrollment of these students.
Request that the Administration consider establishing stabilization funds in connection with funds received for such students.
Annex A (2 pages)

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.