Worcester schools this week

Cross-posted from Tracy’s blog.

Two meetings for Worcester schools this week:

The subcommittee of Teaching, Learning, and Student Supports meets today at 5:30. On the agenda is a review on AP programs (not the scores, if you look at the backup); a discussion of the possible $20-$30,000 per year funding of Worcester Tech membership in SkillsUSA; a report on last year’s summer programs; yet one more report on wifi (citing actual science); a report on “day-to-day PEAK-like instruction” in WPS elementary schools (in response to a request that the PEAK gifted program be re-established); and a discussion of citywide wrestling.

The full school committee meets Thursday; you can find the agenda here. After recognitions, there is a report on the Worcester HEARS initiative. There are citizen petitions requesting public hearings on the FY18 budget (required by state law) and on standardized testing.

There is a report back on elementary summer programming¬†(18 days, four hours a day, at nine schools); there is a note regarding the decreased funding available this year. The committee is being asked to approve the innovation plan for the Goddard school (the link isn’t to the plan, but to a summary; the full plan isn’t posted). ¬†Administration is asking that dates be set for FY18 budget hearings (really, budget sessions, unless they change this to take public comment).

Among the recognitions being filed this week is year four of ASBO recognizing the Worcester Public Schools’ budget with its Meritorious Budget Award.
Mr. O’Connell wants to request funding for the science AP exams from the state; to submit nominations for awards to MASC; to possibly file items with MASC for its annual Delegate Assembly; and to pass an FBRC petition.

Ms. McCullough requests that the No Live Lice policy be reviewed.

There’s another round of schools receiving grants for Breakfast in the Classroom from the EoS foundation.

The committee is being asked to accept a donation from Scholastic to Woodland Academy, and from Andy’s Attic to South High for marketing.

Mayor Petty has filed a plan on PCB cleaning (still no money mentioned).

Miss Biancheria wants an inventory of playground equipment.

There is also an executive session scheduled: PCB’s, negotiations with the teachers (still), and a grievance from an HVAC worker.

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