School Committee Agenda: April 5, 2016

From the Office of the Executive Secretary to the School Committee

School Committee - Regular Meeting                                                                   April 5, 2016                                                                


1. Public Comment (3 Minutes):

2. Student School Committee Report:

3. Presentation of the Records for Approval:  

  • Regular Meeting – March 15, 2016

4. Reconsiderations:  None

5. Unfinished Business/Calendar:  

#16-50, Grant Award:  that the School Committee accept and approve the grant award below in the amount and for the period indicated.

FY16 Title 1 Distribution, for the period September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, in the amount of $1,242,503.00 (increase of $5,007.00). Project/Grant SC16604.

Description: Seven elementary schools are eligible for Title 1 services in FY16.  These funds will provide academic, instructional, and support services for all low-achieving students in either reading or math, professional development activities for staff, support for parent involvement activities, as well as supplies and materials.

This increase in grant funds will be used for summer program materials and snacks. (Nolan, C16-066, 3/15/16)

#16-40, Motion by Ms. Nolan, whereas the Cambridge City Council discussed having the second Monday in October be designated Indigenous People’s Day, per an order introduced in fall of 2015 by Councillors Mazen and Benzan and whereas several universities including Brown and several cities including Seattle WA, St. Paul, MN and Portland OR celebrate that day as Indigenous People’s Day and whereas the contributions of immigrants including Italians should be commemorated, the School Committee requests that the district convene a group of staff and the CRLS student government to consider having the second Monday in October, a holiday in the school district, be renamed either Indigenous People’s Day or Indigenous People's and Immigrants Day.  Further that the district report back to the School Committee by the end of this school year with a recommendation.  

(See City Council Policy Order Resolution Calendar item) (Harding, C16-053, 3/1/16)

6. Awaiting Reports: None

7. Superintendent’s Agenda:

7a. Presentations: None  

7b.Innovation Agenda:

7c. Consent Agenda:

#16-57 Recommendation: Revisions to Rindge School of Technical Arts Program Admissions Policy (Second Reading).

#16-63 Recommendation: Fiscal Year 2017 Recommended Budget
#16-64 Recommendation: Fiscal Year 2016 Supplemental Appropriation
#16-65 Recommendation: Contract Award: Center for Autism & Related Disorders: Student Services (Amendment)

8. Non-Consent Agenda:

9. School Committee Agenda (Policy Matters/Notifications/Requests for Information):

#16-58, Joint Motion by Ms. Bowman and Mr. Fantini, that whereas the Ad Hoc Superintendent Transition Planning Sub-Committee was created to ensure the new superintendent acquires the necessary knowledge, support, skills, and understanding of the district in order to effectively transition into a new leadership role, and whereas it is recognized that the on-boarding process for such a significant role in the district requires more dedicated time, it is recommended that the Ad Hoc Superintendent Transition Planning Sub-Committee convene for one year. The Ad Hoc committee will work closely with Barbara Allen, the Executive Director of Human Resources, to support Dr. Salim’s transition into the district through retreat planning and other mechanisms of support over the designated period.

#16-59, Motion by Superintendent Transition Planning Ad Hoc Sub-Committee, that the School Committee adopts the recommendation of the Superintendent Transition Planning Ad Hoc Sub-Committee that Dr. Salim use his remaining contracted transition days to start planning for his July 1st start date. This Sub-Committee recommends a half contracted day be used for 2-on-1 meetings with School Committee Members. During these meetings, Dr. Salim will gather insights that will assist him with building a thoughtful entry plan. A second contracted transition day will be leveraged to meet with central administrative staff to plan for summer leadership meetings. The remaining contracted time may be used for writing and completing his entry plan.

As part of Dr. Salim’s official entry in July, he will finalize the formal entry plan report and present the plan - including timeline for school visits, members of a transition team (team to possibly consist of outside stakeholders), personal and district goal setting and engaging stakeholders in late July. Dr. Salim will work to align the presentation of his entry plan findings with the budget planning process of the district. Findings from Dr. Salim’s entry plan work will be presented in January 2017. 

#16-60, Report of the March 17, 2016 meeting of the Budget Sub-Committee Budget Workshop (Committee of the whole)

#16-61, Report of the March 22, 2016 meeting of the Budget Sub-Committee Public Hearing on the FY2017 proposed School Department Budget (Committee of the whole)

#16-62, Report of the March 24, 2016 meeting of the Superintendent Transition Planning Ad Hoc Sub-Committee

10. Resolutions (letters of congratulations, letters of condolence):  None   

11. Announcements:

12. Late Orders:

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