AGENDA

WOONSOCKET SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

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

● District Kindergarten Registration

● Donation from Susan Lauzon

● Novan’s O’Hagan joins 1,000-point club

● Villa Novans Wrestling Squad

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: January 10, 2018 Closed/Open Minutes; January 24, 2018 Closed/Open Minutes

CONSENT AGENDA

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1. Personnel Actions

- Certified Appointments/Non-Certified Appointments

2. Purchases/Transfers

3. Field Trip/Conference Requests

- New England Pre K-2 Conference/Manchester, NH/Mt. St. Charles Teacher/Title II Funded

- Annual International Literacy Association Conference/San Diego, CA/McFee Admin/Title I Funded

- SMILE Challenge Weekend/South Kingstown, RI/SMILE Program Teachers and Students/SMILE Grant Funded

- Athens and the Islands Educational Tour/Athens, Greece/Hospitality Travel and Tourism Program Teachers and Students/Students and planned fundraising events

- 2018 Next Generation Personal Finance Summit/San Francisco/CA/WHS-WACTC Teacher/Conference is supplying a full scholarship for her to attend (no cost to the district)

4. Homeschooling Requests

END OF CONSENT AGENDA

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COMMUNICATIONS

● None.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORTS

● None.

CONFERENCES/DISCUSSIONS

● Technology Update

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. None.

NEW BUSINESS

1. None

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

● None.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE GOOD AND WELFARE

● S. Seale

● P. Bourget

● V. Gonzalez

● S. Lima

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For additional information or to request interpreter services, or other special services for the hearing impaired (ie, 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 9, 2018.

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