AGENDA

WOONSOCKET SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

7:00 PM – OPEN SESSION

WOONSOCKET MIDDLE SCHOOL

HAMLET BUILDING - 60 FLORENCE DRIVE

WOONSOCKET, RI 02895

The School Committee may vote on all items listed on this agenda.

Call to Order

Moment of Silence

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

GOOD AND WELFARE – Public Comment

RECOGNITIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS – Superintendent Patrick McGee

● Bernon Elementary School clean-up day

● Globe Park School clean-up day

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: None

CONSENT AGENDA

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1. Personnel Actions

- Certified Appointments/Non-Certified Appointments

- Rescissions on Non-Renewals/Terminations

2. Purchases/Transfers

3. Field Trip/Conference Requests

- NCSL Legislative Education Summit/Lombard, IL/Attendance Officer/No cost

4. Home Schooling Requests

END OF CONSENT AGENDA

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COMMUNICATIONS

None.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORTS

Technology Subcommittee - S. Seale

CONFERENCES/DISCUSSIONS

Technology Update

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Discussion/Approval on the WHS/WACTC Credit Requirements – P. McGee

NEW BUSINESS

1. Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Coleman Elementary School Principal - P. McGee

2. Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Woonsocket Middle School - Hamlet Principal - P.

McGee

3. Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Woonsocket Middle School - Villa Nova Assistant

Principal - P. McGee

4. Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Governor Pothier/Citizens’ Memorial Principal - P.

McGee

5 Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Governor Pothier/Citizens’ Memorial Assistant

Principal - P. McGee

6. Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Woonsocket High School Special Education

Chairperson - P. McGee

7. Discussion/Approval on the appointment of the Woonsocket Middle School Special Education

Chairperson - P. McGee

8. Discussion/Approval on two (2) non-budgeted Speech-Language Pathologist Positions and to

post for said position - P. McGee

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

● Chronic Student Absence Strategic Plan

SCHOOL COMMITTEE GOOD AND WELFARE

None.

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