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From the Office of the Executive Secretary to the School Committee

September 20, 2022 | 06:00 pm

1. Public Comment (3 Minutes):

2. Student School Committee Report:

3. Presentation of the Records for Approval:
  • August 23, 2022 Regular Meeting

4. Reconsiderations:

5. Unfinished Business/Calendar:

6. Awaiting Reports:
#22-202 Joint Motion by Vice Chair Rachel, Mayor Siddiqui, Member Fantini

WHEREAS: The Superintendent and School Committee have been working with the Department of Human Services Programs to expand access to afterschool programs; and

WHEREAS: Cambridge Public Schools have increased access to space for programs within school buildings, and have recruited district staff to apply for DHSP after-school positions; and

 WHEREAS: A waiting list of over two hundred families remains for city-run after-school programs this school year; and

 WHEREAS: Many students attend afterschool programs run by community partners; and

 WHEREAS: The Cambridge Public Schools transportation policy has made extended considerations for students in grades 6-8 beyond the state requirement; and

WHEREAS: The School Committee requested a plan for transporting students to after-school programs last year (21-311, Members Wilson and Fantini); and

WHEREAS: Cambridge Public Schools provided additional funding to community partners last year to address the transportation needs of their participants; and

WHEREAS: The administration has examined options for bus routes and policies, including those outlined in the Student Transportation Assessment; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED: That the Cambridge Public Schools will work with the contracted transportation company to address student transportation this year, including but not limited to allowing students to ride buses that have the capacity, and exploring adding stops along/near existing routes; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the administration will provide the School Committee with an update on related efforts no later than October 31, 2022.

7. Superintendent’s Agenda:

7a. Superintendent's Update:

After School Transportation

7b. Presentations:

District Plan: To Share Focused Initiatives for SY22/23 & to Share District Data to Set Outcome Targets on the District Plan
Dr. Victoria L. Greer, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Lyndsay Brown, Chief Strategy Officer

7c. CPS District Plan:

7d. Consent Agenda:
#22-220 Recommendation: Day & Residential Program Services not Available from the Cambridge School Department
#22-221 Recommendation: Contract Award: Norton Staffing & Recruiting: Temporary Medical Services
#22-222 Recommendation: Contract Award: Cambridge Public Health: Nursing Services
#22-223 Recommendation: Contract Award: Norton Staffing: Special Education Temporary Staffing Services
#22-224 Recommendation: Contract Award: Public Consulting Reimbursement Claiming Services
#22-225 Recommendation: Contract Award: Public Consulting Reimbursement Claiming Services
#22-226 Recommendation: Contract Award: Cambridge Public Health: Nursing Services
#22-227 Recommendation: Contract Award: Newsela: Educational Computer Software
#22-228 Recommendation: Contract Award: Interstate Food Equipment Service: Equipment Repair Service
#22-229 Recommendation: Contract Award: Nasiff Fruit Company: Fresh Produce
#22-230 Recommendation: Contract Award: Somerville Live Poultry dba Mayflower Poultry Company
#22-231 Recommendation: Contract Award: Teaching & Learning Alliance Inc.: Professional Development
#22-232 Recommendation: Gifts Miscellaneous/Receipts
#22-233 Recommendation: Grant Award: GY23 Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard (Sc23153)
#22-234 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY23 Donation from JBurdie Fitness (SC23175)
#22-235 Recommendation: FY23 Accelerating Math/Mind Research
#22-236 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY23 Title III: Support for English Learners (SC23737)
#22-237 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY23 McKinney Vento HOmeless Students (SC23707)
#22-238 Recommendation: Grant Award: FY23Special Education Early Childhood (SC23607)
#22-239 Recommendation: Grant Award: SY23 Title I Distribution (SC23604)

8. Non-Consent Agenda:

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

10. Resolutions:
#22-240 Motion by Member Fantini

WHEREAS: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education convenes a Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinet and;

WHEREAS: the cabinet each year recognizes excellent educators, elevates teacher and principal voices at the state level, and provides opportunities for leadership;

WHEREAS: This year, Cabinet members will serve as key advisors to the Commissioner for updates to the educator preparation program formal review process, teacher evaluation, and update process to center anti-racist practice and deepen instructional programming in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

WHEREAS: Bobby Travers, a Peabody School paraprofessional and CEA Treasurer has been selected by DESE to serve on the Advisory Cabinet for the 2022-2024 school years; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED: That School Committee congratulate Bobby on being selected and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Executive Secretary to the School Committee be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to Bobby Travers on behalf of the entire School Committee.

11. Announcements:

12. Late Orders:

13. Communications and Reports from City Officers:


After the Regular meeting, the School Committee will entertain a motion to enter into an executive session for the purposes of discussing strategy for collective bargaining (CEA Units A&B) as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee.

Updated on 09/15/2022