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Event takes place on June 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM
Dean Tech High School, 1045 Main Street

Special (Regular) Meeting

CITY OF HOLYOKE

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

 SCHOOL COMMITTEE AGENDA

 DATE:                ­­­­­­­­MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

TIME:                 5:15 PM

LOCATION:     Fifield Community Room Dean Technical High School, 1045 Main Street

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER   ~ ROLL CALL ~   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  1. PUBLIC DISCUSSION*
  1. COMMUNICATIONS & REPORTS
  • Student Reports
  • Superintendent’s Communications
  • Thanks and Appreciation for Individuals Who Assisted in May 30, 2014 Bus Accident
  1. NEW BUSINESS
  • Reports of Committees
  • Communications and Policies of April 28, 2014 (pages 1-2)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the recommendation of the subcommittee and ask administration to present recommendations on proposed building use fees.

  • Communications and Policies of June 16, 2014 (pages 3-9)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation for approval of the proposed policy revision for Senior Athletes Attendance (student handbook), and accept as a second reading. (see page 11)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation for approval of the revised policy for Eligibility for Athletes, as amended, to be effective (end of the first marking period) for the winter season. (student handbook), and accept as a second reading. (see pages 12-13)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation to accept administration’s recommendation relative to educational services for students to be in compliance with Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012, with suspension data to be included in the weekly communication from the Superintendent. (see student handbook policy revisions on pages 14-19)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation to adopt the sample policy from MASC on Background Checks (File ADDA) as written, with the following changes (page 1 of 6): The school committee, superintendent or principal as appropriate will obtain a state and national fingerprint criminal background check for any volunteer, subcontractor or laborer commissioned by the school committee, school or employed by the city or town to perform work on school grounds, who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children. The school committee, superintendent or principal as appropriate may obtain a state and national fingerprint criminal background check for any volunteer, who performs work on school grounds, who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children. School volunteers and subcontractors/laborers who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children must continue to submit state CORI checks; (page 3 of 6) change the first point under Relying on Previous Suitability Determinations – The suitability determination was made within the last seven three years; and to adopt the MASC model DCJIS Model CORI policy as written (File ADDA-R) (see attached policies pages 20-28).

  • Resources and Capacity Building Committee of June 9, 2014 (pages 29-31)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee approve the subcommittee’s recommendation to bring the Fiscal Year 2015 School Department budget forward to the full School Committee.

  • Leadership Accountability and Measurement Committee of May 19, 2014 (pages 32-34)

 RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the minutes (no substantive motions.)

  • Leadership Accountability and Measurement Committee of June 2, 2014 (page 35-39)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation that (the el yunque) request be sent to the Resources and Capacity Subcommittee for administration to create an account for $2400 for next year.

  • Leadership Accountability and Measurement Committee of June 9, 2014 (pages 41-43)
    RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation that the 4 general goals outlined in Appendix H of DESE’s Implementation Guide for Superintendent Evaluation be assigned as follows: Goal 1 Effective Entry and Direction Setting, to Standard IV-A-1 (Commitment to high standards); Goal 2 Maintaining Momentum During the Transition, to Indicator IV-E: Shared Vision: Continuously engages all stakeholders in the creation of a shared educational vision in which every student is prepared to succeed in post secondary education and become a responsible citizen and global contributor, Element IV-E-1 (Shared vision and development); Goal 3 Professional Practice – new Superintendent Induction Program, to Indicator II-B-2, for Standard II, (Induction, professional development and career growth strategies); Goal 4 Fair, Effective Classroom Teacher Evaluation, to Element I-D-2 (Observations and feedback), under Indicator I-D (Evaluation: Provides effectively and timely supervision and evaluation of all staff in alignment with state regulations and contract provisions.

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation that the Superintendent provide supporting documentation to School Committee members by the first meeting in September, School Committee members return completed evaluations to the Main Office, to Kelly Curran, by the end of the business day on October 6, 2014, and that the School Committee present the public evaluation at the first meeting in November, 2014.

  • Communication from Holyoke Adolescent Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Accountability Committee Concerning Director of Science, Technology, health and Physical Education Position Elimination (pages 44-46)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the communication and refer to Leadership Accountability and Measurement.

  • Links to Libraries $1500 Donation for Lawrence, Metcalf and McMahon Schools (pages 47-49)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the donation.

  • Travel Requests (pages 50-61)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the travel requests.

  • Summer Travel Approval

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to suspend the rules to authorize the Vice Chair to approve any summer, out of state, student trips or staff travel that occurs between July 1, 2014 and August 15, 2014 and to provide a full report at the next meeting of the School Committee.

  • Orders
  • Introduced by Committee members John Brunelle and John Whelihan to direct administration to install handicapped signs for the parking spaces at McMahon School and to provide an assessment of signage at all other schools.

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the order as requested.

  • Introduced by Committee member Sheehan that administration be directed to file a complaint with the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding the location of the Paulo Freire social Justice Charter School which, according to the charter school application, should be located in the downtown area of the City of Holyoke as indicated on page 47-49 of the “Final Application.” (pages 62-64)
  • School Committee Meeting Schedule July – January (page 65)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the meeting schedule.

 

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS
  • School Food Service Bid (pages 66-67)

RECOMMENDATION:   That the School Committee vote to award the school food service bid to Sodexo for one year with two option years.

  • Notification from MSBA that White and Morgan Schools invited into Accelerated Repair Program to Conduct Feasibility Study for Potential Boiler Replacement Projects (pages 69-79)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the terms and conditions of the MSBA Accelerated Repair Program and authorize the Chair to sign the agreement to collaborate on a feasibility study for potential boiler replacement projects for White and Morgan.

  • Opinion from City Solicitor on Proposed Sale or Transfer of Lynch School (pages 80-81)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the opinion form the City Solicitor.

  • Lynch School Proposal / Options (verbal – Superintendent Paez)
  • Costs for Non-Profit Rentals November through June 2014 (pages 82-84)

RECOMMENDAITON: That the School Committee vote to receive the communication.

  • MCAS Versus PARCC for 2014-2015 School Year (pages 85-103)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation that the district participate in MCAS 2014-2015.

  • FY 2014 School Department Budget (under separate cover)

RECOMMENDATION:That the School Committee vote to approve the FY 2015 School Department Budget.

  • Authorization to Close Out FY 2013 Books

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to suspend the rules to authorize the superintendent to pay any necessary bills and conduct transfers to close the books for FY 14 with the advice and consent of the Chair of Resources and Capacity Building and for the Chair to provide a report of any action at the next meeting of the School Committee.

  1. PERSONNEL
  • Appointments (page 104)

           RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive and accept the communication.

  • Retirements (page 105)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the retirements.

  • Resignations (page 106)

RECOMMENDATION: That the School Committee vote to receive the retirements.

  1. ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION

The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

 

*The Holyoke Public Schools makes available a public discussion period for persons in the audience to address the Committee on specific agenda items. In order to hear as many speakers as possible, the Committee asks individuals to continue their remarks to two (2) minutes. Any person wishing to submit longer testimony should give copies to the Superintendent before the meeting so that it may be distributed to Committee members. The speaker can then summarize this testimony at the meeting within the two (2) minute time period. Persons wishing to speak should register with the Superintendent immediately before the meeting begins. Individuals who request specific items to be included on the Committee’s agenda should mail a written request fifteen (15) days in advance of a Committee meeting date to the Superintendent of Schools, 57 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.


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