AGENDA

WOONSOCKET SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2024

6:00 PM - CLOSED SESSION

7:00 PM – OPEN SESSION

In Person Location:

HAMLET MIDDLE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA

60 FLORENCE DRIVE, WOONSOCKET, RI 02895

Or

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/frj-fqrs-dzo

Phone Numbers

(US)+1 727-835-5906

PIN: 954 345 405#

Or

WOON Radio - Channel 1240 for AM Radio

Or

Channel 99.5 for FM Radio

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Call to Order

Roll Call

The School Committee may seek to convene in Closed Session for the purpose of discussing the recommendation of the Superintendent not to renew the employment of certain probationary teachers and to discuss their job performance in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(1).

Moment of Silence

Pledge of Allegiance

GOOD AND WELFARE – Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center Student Presentation and Public Comment

For anyone addressing the School Committing during Good and Welfare, please begin with your name and address. Your comments shall be no more than five minutes of speaking time and should be in good decorum. Please be aware that the Committee cannot respond to you during good & welfare but may direct you to an appropriate member of the administration team or may meet with you directly after the meeting for further discussion.

RECOGNITIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

● None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: January 24, 2024 Open Meeting Minutes

CONSENT AGENDA

● Purchases/Transfers

● Field Trip/Conference Requests

○ Massachusetts Reading Association 53rd Annual Conference/Sturbridge Village, MA/Admin and

Literacy Coaches/Title I Funded

● Homeschooling Requests

COMMUNICATIONS

Report from Student Representative.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

● Personnel Matters Update

SCHOOL SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

● SELAC Update - L. Kapiskas

● Health and Wellness Update - D. Burke

● Curriculum Update - L. Kapiskas, P. Bourget

● Policy Subcommittee Update - L. Kapiskas, D. Burke

CONFERENCES/DISCUSSIONS

● Facilities/Technology - A. Notarianni

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. None

NEW BUSINESS

1. Vote on Superintendent’s recommendation not to renew certain probationary teachers.- P. Bourget

2. Discussion on RIDE'S approval of RISE Prep' s desire to remove the 50% enrollment cap on Woonsocket Students - D. Burke 

3. Discussion/Approval on the Agreement between WED and the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Energy Asset Management Program - P. McGee, B. Peryea

4. Discussion/Approval to rescind P7 - Business Series in the School Committee Policy Manual -

L. Kapiskas, D. Burke

5. Discussion/Approval on the Amendments to the Title IX Policy - L. Kapiskas, D. Burke

6. Discussion/approval of the Student Activities Account Policy - 1st Passage - L. Kapiskas, D. Burke

7. Discussion/approval of the Acceptable Payment Policy - 1st Passage - L. Kapiskas, D. Burke

ADJOURNMENT

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For additional information or to request interpreter services, or other special services for the hearing impaired (i.e., readers/captioners,

etc.), please contact Office of Superintendent three days prior to the meeting at (401) 767-4608; or by the Tuesday prior to the meeting,

or call 1-800-745-5555 (TTY), 1-800-745-6575 (Voice). This agenda will be posted 48 hours prior to the meeting. Any changes to this

agenda will be posted on the Woonsocket Education Department website at www.woonsocketschools.com, McFee Administration

Building, Woonsocket Middle School, WACTC, City Hall, and Harris Library and will be electronically filed with the Secretary of State at

least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. The Woonsocket Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, sex,

sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, or disability. Posted on February 12, 20224

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