CITY OF WORCESTER
Education Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Convened: 4:05 P.M.
Adjourned: 5:21 P.M.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford
|Chairperson Joseph C O'Brien |
|Councilor Tony Economou |
|Councilor Sarai Rivera |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||Chairperson Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien|
Councior Sarai Rivera
Councilor Tony Economou
|Also:||WPS Chief Financial and Operations Manager Brian Allen|
WPS Director of Plant James Bedard
Cultural Development Director Erin Williams
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk
Order of Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager and the Superintendent of Schools provide the City Council and School Committee with updates regarding the following projects: 1) ESCO Projects in public schools, including work scheduled for this Summer including timelines for completion; 2) Plans to complete school capital projects that were funded in the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget but were not completed during the Summer of 2011; 3) The $1.3 million dollar plan to address environmental concerns in schools, including potential PCB issues; and 4) the plans for capital projects in the schools during Fiscal Year 2013.
# 12a CC April 24, 2012
Order of Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien and Mayor Joseph M. Petty -Request the Mayor establish a MSBA School/City Working Group to meet monthly to provide for coordination between the School Committee, the City Council, the School Administration and the City Administration. Further, request that this group meet monthly and include at least the Mayor, the Chair of the City Council Standing Committee on Education, the Finance and Operations Committee Chair, the City Manager, The Superintendant of Public Schools, the School CFO and the City CFO.
# 12b CC April 24, 2012
Order of Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request the City Manager be and is hereby requested to engage an independent firm to conduct an “operational financial audit” of the Worcester Public Schools in relationship to the spending requirements of Chapter 70 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Further, request City Manager consider putting together a group of business leaders, academics, city administrators so their expertise can be used to review the operations of the Worcester Public Schools.
In City Council March 27, 2012 - Order adopted
In Committee for discussion only.
Order of Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request the City Administration and the School Department be and are hereby requested to work together to coordinate and develop a comprehensive plan to streamline the delivery of GED, ESL and other adult learning programs. Further, request the City Manager and the School Administration expand the GED and ESL programs by tapping into our college community.
In City Council April 3, 2012 - Order adopted
In Committee for discussion only.
Members of the Education Committee made several informal request for information to the administrators from the Worcester Public Schools - The Chairperson noted the receipt of written comments from Todd Salmonsen, a Worcester resident - The Committee agreed to meet in the near future at a mutually agreeable date. No action was taken.
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the Five-Year Financial Plan for the Worcester Public Schools.
# 9.37A CM November 28, 2006
In Committee March 7, 2007 - Held
In Committee April 23, 2007 - Held
In Committee February 28, 2008 - Held
In Committee October 28, 2008 - Held
In Committee July 13, 2009 - Held
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Success of the WOO Card Program.
# 9.4A CM August 09, 2011
Communication of the City Manager relative to the Availability of Functional Showers in the City's High Schools.
# 17l CC January 03, 2012
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a Report from the Accounting Firm of Sullivan, Rogers and Company Concerning the School Activities Account.
# 8.22A CM January 31, 2012
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Public Schools' Facilities Report.
# 8.22A CM February 28, 2012
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Worcester Public Schools.
# 10.32B CM March 13, 2012
Report of The Committee on Public Health and Human Services Upon the Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services review what steps the city should take to have its bookmobile properly staffed and stocked with books and computers, so that it will be on the road and making stops at agencies, neighborhoods, and parks by the Summer of this year.
# 12a CC April 08, 2008
In Committee October 28, 2008 - Held
Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request City Council's Standing Committee on Education determine what steps must to be taken by Worcester's public, private, parochial, and charter schools, its colleges and universities, and its biotechnology companies and laboratories, among others, so that more high school students graduate with the math, science and technology skills necessary to meet the demand for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workers whose skills are needed locally as we develop into a major center for biotechnology and medical research.
# 25cc CC September 09, 2008
In Committee January 25, 2010 - Held
Order of Mayor Joseph M. Petty and amended by Councilor Sarai Rivera and Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - Request the Standing Committee on Education work with the counterpart standing committee of the School Committee to develop a master plan for renovation of public school buildings. Further, request the Committees provide City Council with the master plan within 90 days. Further, request the Committees consider University Park Campus School when developing the master plan for improving infrastructure. Further, request the Committees develop a plan to improve technology within the schools and find funding for these improvements.
# 10e CC February 07, 2012
In Committee February 13, 2012 - Held
Petition of Todd Salmonsen request that City Council hold a hearing in regards to the proposed $1.3 million PCB remediation plan the city of Worcester has for 29 schools in the city.
# 7a CC April 03, 2012
Communication of Dr. Roberta R. Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau transmitting communication relative to Benchmarking Public Education in Worcester 2010.
# 12a CC November 09, 2010
Communication of Dr. Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau transmitting report "Teachers' Compensation Package + Worcester's Finances = Do They Add Up?".
# 10a CC December 14, 2010
Communication of Dr. Francesco Cesareo, President of Assumption College, transmitting communication regarding a Community Benefits Report.
# 10a CC February 01, 2011
In Committee September 12, 2011 Held