Monthly Archives: October 2017

Preview: City Council agenda (October 3)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here.

This week: A slow week.

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  • 1060 Main St: Michael Morris has a citizen petition detailing alleged financial irregularities in the use of the Tenant’s Council bank accout at the Worcester Housing Authority senior citizen high rise at 1060 Main St.
  • Wayfinding: Councilor Lukes has previously asked about the status of our 2007 “wayfinding” signage project now that times have changed and we are in an age of mobile computing. The city’s Chief Development Officer replies that the city has been rethinking this project and is now planning fewer signs but also an app.
  • Senior Raking Assistance: 10 groups (list below) have volunteered to help Worcester’s seniors rake their yards.
  • How Much Does a Special Election Cost the City?: According to the City Clerk, $150,000.
  • 90 Residential Units at the South End of the City?: This is not a Council agenda item, but rather a news item that seems relevant. A local developer wants to demolish the old factory at 261 Clover St and build low-rise housing there.

Worcester School Committee meets Thursday, October 5

Cross-posted from Tracy’s blog.

You can find the agenda here. There is also an agenda for an executive session for litigation on discipline of a teacher; the regular agenda posts three litigation items on worker’s compensation and negotiations with custodians, nurses, and computer technicians.

The report of the superintendent will be “will be a summary of initiatives in process and planned in this school year” with a backup to come.

There is the usual beginning of school rounds of appointments, transfers, resignations, and retirements. The committee is also being asked to approve the appointment of a number of nurses (a power reserved to School Committees in Massachusetts).

There is an update on Ch. 74 and other career pathways at North and at South.

There are a series of responses to sharing information with students about various programs.

Mr. O’Connell is requesting the committee consider the resolutions that will be before the MASC Delegate Assembly on November 1. The committee has previously voted to make Ms. Colorio their delegate.

The administration is asking for authorization to rent space for parking school buses (this would be the buses the district owns; there’s no backup).

There are a number of prior fiscal year payments (which I’ll post if I get a chance).

Mr. Monfredo would like a report from the Wellness Committee, and a program on secondary allergens.

Mr. O’Connell wants to develop a process for consulting on school improvement plans.

Ms. Colorio is asking about a confidential drug hotline.
Relatedly, Miss Biancheria is asking:

Request that the Administration develop a protocol to train teachers to handle students in need of drug education and indicate how teachers can develop ways by watching, looking and listening to deal with problems of substance abuse.

which seems a smidge…problematic.

Miss Biancheria is also suggesting the use of in-house attorneys rather than hiring one (one should perhaps note that school committees having legal differences with their municipality is not unknown, even currently).

There are a series of donations (coming through on a single item!).