Monday, April 6, 2015

Worcester School Committee meets Thursday

The Worcester School Committee has the first April meeting this Thursday, April 8 at 7pm. You can find the agenda here.

There are two things that may well be of general or continuing interest:

  • We are (finally) scheduled to set FY16 budgetary priorities. We were required to submit our ranked list last week; that has been shared with the committee members, and we'll be discussing this at the meeting. The budget comes out May 8.
  • We also have an facilities update on the Advanced Academy. It looks as though Doherty does not currently have room for it.

  • We are starting off the meeting with recognitions, and we have a TLSS subcommittee report to accept. We also have some personnel reports to accept.
    We have reports coming back on Read Across America day, on the Spring into Books book drive, and on internal v public documents.
    It's time to elect a delegate and an alternate to the MASC annual meeting.
    Mr. Monfredo asks if the testing calendar changed as a result of snow days (the response is we extended the window).
    Miss Biancheria is looking for an expert to talk about linking cameras to the police department, and also about budgetary means for additional positions at North. Also, she's interested in what training is giving to staff regarding electronic media use.
    Mr. Monfredo would like to recognize our facilities staff for their fine work this winter. He'd also like to set a date in October to meet with our delegation, and to encourage students to take part in the Worcester Bravehearts Home Run club (which I can't find anything about online).
    Mr. O'Connell would like to congratulation the Burncoat Green Reapers and the crew team.
    Mr. Monfredo wants to know if we can give preference to people who reside in Worcester in hiring (see MGL Ch. 71, sec. 38).
    We're being asked to declare as surplus a sliver of land directly next to Nelson Place School as part of the land swaps necessary to build the school. THIS IS NOT THE ASSUMPTION DEAL. This is essentially trading land with a neighbor to improve things for construction.
    We're going to be considering summer reading and new courses in TLSS and considering the student handbook in Governance (those meetings and specifics to come).
    And we have an executive session to consider a grievance. 

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