School Committee Meeting Agenda: April 7, 2020

From the Office of the Executive Secretary to the School Committee

School Committee - Regular Meeting April 7, 2020



1. Virtual Public Comment (3 Minutes):

2. Student School Committee Report:

3. Presentation of the Records for Approval:

February 1, 2020, Budget Retreat
February 4, 2020, Regular Meeting
March 3, 2020, Regular Meeting
March 17, 2020, Regular Meeting

4. Reconsiderations: None

5. Unfinished Business/Calendar: None

6. Awaiting Reports: None

7. Superintendent’s Agenda:
7a. Presentations:

Update: COVID-19 Response Update
Superintendent Salim

FY21 Proposed Budget Initiative: Office of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Superintendent Salim

7b. CPS District Plan: None

7c. Consent Agenda:

#20-32 Recommendation: Approval of SY2020-2021 Cambridge Public Schools District Calendar

#20-33 Recommendation: Day & Residential Services not Available from The Cambridge School Department

#20-34 Recommendation: Gifts/Miscellaneous Receipts

#20-35 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY20 Special Education IDEA Allocation (SC20605) Increase

#20-36 Recommendation: Contract Award: FY20 Title 1 Distribution (SC20604) Increase

#20-37 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY20 Title IIA/Teacher Quality (SC20731) Increase

#20-38 Recommendation: Contract Award: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Instructional Materials

#20-39 Recommendation: Grant Award: Ms. Hibbs’ Grant (SC20166)

#20-40 Recommendation: Approval that the Superintendent of Schools be authorized to negotiate amendments to transportation vendor contracts and contracts for other services essential to the operation of the school district for payments during the COVID19 closure period in accordance with requirements of the federal CARES Act (federal stimulus law) and guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
8. Non-Consent Agenda:

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

#20-41 Motion by Mr. Fantini: Hult International Business School - Enrollment

#20-42 Motion by Mayor Siddiqui, Rachel Weinstein, and Ayesha Wilson: Establish and communicate best practices to supplement the district’s remote learning plan with an ongoing priority on equity and access.

#20-43 Motion by Vice Chair Bowman and Mr. Fantini: Revised Budget Calendar

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

#20-44 Motion by Mr. Fantini: Send letter of congratulations to three CRLS Athletes

#20-45 Motion from Mayor Siddiqui: Send letter of condolence to the family of Jimmy Smith

11. Announcements:

12. Late Orders:
LATE MOTION by Member Rachel Weinstein
Whereas: The school closure due to Covid-19 has required all School Committee Subcommittees to meet virtually; and
Whereas: We want to be transparent in our deliberations as well as encourage and enable more community participation; now therefore be it
Resolved: The School Committee will amend its rules so that the sentence stating that Subcommittee meetings will not be televised is revised to add, “though virtual meetings will be recorded and accessible for public viewing at later times”.

13. Communications and Reports from City Officers: None
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