School Committee Agenda: February 5, 2019

From the Office of the Executive Secretary to the School Committee

School Committee - Regular Meeting February 5, 2019


1. Public Comment (3 Minutes):

2. Student School Committee Report:

3. Presentation of the Records for Approval:

  • Regular Meeting, January 15, 2019

4. Reconsiderations: None

5. Unfinished Business/Calendar:

Motion from the floor by Mr. Kimbrough, that the School Committee send a letter to the high school teacher that received a threatening note and resigned because of not feeling safe. C19-018, 1/15/19 (Bowman)

6. Awaiting Reports: None

7. Superintendent’s Agenda:

7a. Presentations: Improving School Schedules to Advance Equity: Kenneth N. Salim, Superintendent of Schools; CPS Principals

7b. CPS District Plan:

7c. Consent Agenda:

19-15 Approval of Proposal to Improve School Schedules To Advance Equity (First Reading)

19-16 Authorization for the Superintendent to Submit a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority For the Replacement of the Morse School Building Roof

19-17 Day & Residential Program Services not available from The Cambridge School Department

19-18 Contract Award: Public Consulting Group: Medicaid Reimbursement Claiming Services

19-19 Contract Award: CCS Presentation Systems: Interactive Display Hardware

19-20 Contract Award: Lothrop Companies, Inc.: Mold Remediation & Pipe Insulation Services

19-21 Contract Award: 24 Restore: Mold Remediation & Pipe Insulation Services

19-22 Gifts/Miscellaneous Receipts

19-23 Grant Award: FY19 Massachusetts Cultural Council- STARRS (SC19894)

19-24 Grant Award: Emergency Impact Aid for Homeless Students (SC19-155)

19-25 Grant Award: MIT (SC19154)

19-26 Lesley University/Biogen Foundation STAR Initiative (SC19159)

8. Non-Consent Agenda:

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

#19-27, Motion by Mr. Fantini, that the School Committee authorize the Superintendent to mail to all eight grade families the attached brochure that is used by our SOLVED partner, the Medford Vocational Technical High, subject to any revisions the Superintendent deems necessary.

#19-28, Motion by Ms. Bowman, whereas the Cambridge School Committee is committed to supporting an educational environment that affirms learning for all students; and

Whereas the City of Cambridge Rules of the School Committee Addendum Committee Norms states, it is the School Committee's responsibility to set the tone for the entire school system, and the Committee will make every effort to promote a positive image for our school system, and the Committee will operate transparently and respectfully to maintain confidentiality and respect the Open Meeting laws; and

Whereas it was brought to the attention of the School Committee by students and CPSD staff that there was an incident on January 10, 2019, in a classroom involving a School Committee Member using language that was reported to have made a number of students uncomfortable which called into question the core norms of the School Committee; and

Whereas there have been discussions regarding this incident within CPSD, yet there has been no formal investigative process regarding the incident and the circumstances surrounding it; and

Whereas the School Committee is the legislative body of the Cambridge Public School District and is the only entity within the district to move such a process of investigation forward regarding an incident between a School Committee Member and students; therefore, be it

Resolved that the Cambridge School Committee authorize the Human Resource Department to do an investigation that follows protocols and procedures outlined in section III, IV, V of the Non- Discrimination policy, and be it further

Resolved that the School Committee determine next steps based on the report and take appropriate actions regarding the findings; and be it further

Resolved that the School Committee works with the Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP), who currently consults with CPSD and the City of Cambridge on equity and dismantling systemic oppression and racism, to give recommendations to the School Committee, educators and students regarding the incident that took place on January 10th, 2019.

#19-29, Report of the January 22, 2019 Budget Sub-Committee (Committee of the Whole) Meeting

10. Resolutions (letters of congratulations, letters of condolence):

#19-30, Motion by Mr. Fantini, that the School Committee congratulate Amy Short, Assistant Director for Library Media Services, as a recipient of the 2019 Massachusetts School Library Association Peggy Hallisey Lifetime Achievement Award. This award celebrates Amy's exemplary commitment to the service of students and 21st century learning and to the advancement of school libraries. She is a fierce advocate for our school libraries and their central role in our students' rigorous, joyful, culturally responsive learning experiences. Amy will be honored on Sunday, March 31 during the MSLA Awards Banquet as part of the MSLA Annual Conference, "School Libraries are for Everyone", and
That the Executive Secretary is requested to forward a suitable congratulatory letter on behalf of the entire School Committee.

11. Announcements:

12. Late Orders:

13. Communications and Reports from City Officers:

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