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From the Office of the Executive Secretary to the School Committee

February 5, 2019 | 06:00 pm

1. Public Comment (3 Minutes):

2. Student School Committee Report:

3. Presentation of the Records for Approval:
  • Regular Meeting, January 15, 2019

4. Reconsiderations:

5. Unfinished Business/Calendar:
#C19-018 Motion by
6. Awaiting Reports:

7. Superintendent’s Agenda:

7a. Superintendent's Update:
7b. Presentations:

7c. CPS District Plan:

7d. Consent Agenda:
#19-15 Recommendation: Approval of Proposal to Improve School Schedules To Advance Equity (First Reading)
#19-16 Recommendation: 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 Recommendation: Day & Residential Program Services not available from The Cambridge School Department
#19-18 Recommendation: Contract Award: Public Consulting Group: Medicaid Reimbursement Claiming Services
#19-19 Recommendation: Contract Award: CCS Presentation Systems: Interactive Display Hardware
#19-20 Recommendation: Contract Award: Lothrop Companies, Inc.: Mold Remediation & Pipe Insulation Services
#19-21 Recommendation: Contract Award: 24 Restore: Mold Remediation & Pipe Insulation Services
#19-22 Recommendation: Gifts/Miscellaneous Receipts
#19-23 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY19 Massachusetts Cultural Council- STARRS (SC19894)
#19-24 Recommendation: Grant Award: Emergency Impact Aid for Homeless Students (SC19-155)
#19-25 Recommendation: Grant Award: MIT (SC19154)

8. Non-Consent Agenda:

9. School Committee Agenda (Policy Matters/Notifications/Requests for Information):
#19-27 Motion by Member Fantini

That the School Committee authorize the Superintendent to mail to all eighth grade families the attached brochure that is used by our SOLVED partner, The Medford Vocational Technical High School, subject to any revisions the Superintendent deems necessary.

#19-28 Motion by Member 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 an outside entity 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 Motion by That the Report of the January 22, 2019 Budget Sub-Committee meeting be accepted as presented.
10. Resolutions:
#19-30 Motion by Member 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: None
Updated on 04/04/2022