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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:
January 18, 2017
Time: 6:30PM
Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852


1.
SALUTE TO FLAG


2.
ROLL CALL


3.
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
3.I.
Spotlight on Excellence: STEM Academy @ Rogers
4.
MINUTES
4.I.
Approval of the Minutes of the Regularly Scheduled School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, January 4, 2017


5.
PERMISSION TO ENTER
5.I.
Permission to Enter: January 18, 2017

Documents:
  1. PTE 1-18-17.pdf
 
6.
MEMORIALS
6.I.
Memorial - Peter F. Gill

Peter F. Gill, father of Mary Geoffroy, Lowell High School Clerk, and grandfather of LHS Freshman Academy Social Worker Gina Martel. 

6.II.
Memorial- Jeffrey Lembo

Jeffrey Lembo, son of Kevin Parrington, Sr., retired Lowell Public School custodian, brother of Colleen Parrington, Sullivan School teacher.

7.
MOTIONS
7.I.
[by Connie Martin]:

Requesting that the Administration, including all members who are cited as School Committee Representatives, provide the Lowell School Committee with a complete report on the history and current status of the charge filed by the LSAA regarding parking for Central Administration LSAA union members.  This report should include:

  • the legal language differentiating a “charge” vs a “grievance” and notification protocols required by each,
  • a timeline of past meetings with Union leadership and
  • all associated documents and minutes from those meetings 
7.II.
[by Robert Hoey]:

Request the Superintendent refer the Homework Policy to the Policy Subcommittee to review and revise if necessary.

7.III.
[by Robert Gignac]:
Request the Superintendent provide a report on all extracurricular activities at each school throughout the district.
7.IV.
[By Jacqueline Doherty]:
Request the Superintendent provide the committee with a report on the time allocated for students to have recess, lunch, physical education, and health at each of our elementary and middle schools. Please include in the report any government mandates or recommendations regarding time allotted for these activities as well as if students are allowed to talk during lunch.

7.V.
[By Jacqueline Doherty]:
In view of the upcoming implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) this fall, request the Superintendent develop local measures of assessment focused on the whole child such as school culture, social and emotional learning, and the arts. 


 
8.
REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
8.I.
Participation Opportunities in Food & Nutrition Program
8.II.
Science and Engineering Fair Update
8.III.
Sick Time Report
8.V.
Lowell High School Education Program and Space Use Plan
8.VI.
Facilities Maintenance Report
8.VII.
 
9.
CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS
9.I.
LHS Drill Team Competition Field Trip- Dayton, Ohio
Headmaster Brian Martin, request permission for AFJROTC staff members Lt col Eileen Ironfield, MSgt Kevin Casilli and TSgt David Smith to travel to Dayton, Ohio with approximately 45 students for the Air Force Drill Competition.   The team will depart Lowell High School on Friday, March 17, 2017 and will return on Monday, March 20, 2017.  The students will miss two days of school. The estimated cost of the competition will not exceed a total of $23,000.  including transportation, lodging and food.  The only cost will be for two substitute teachers for two days at the cost of $400 to be charged against LHS Professional Development. This trip will be funded using a combination of AFJROTC funds, student fundraising, and student contribution.
9.II.
LHS Trip to Colts Neck, New Jersey for the Air Force Drill Competition
Headmaster Brian Martin, request permission for AFJROTC staff members Lt col Eileen Ironfield, MSgt Kevin Casilli and TSgt David Smith to travel to Colts Neck, New Jersey with approximately 45 students for the Air Force Drill Competition.   The team will depart Lowell High School on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will return on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  The students will miss two days of school. The estimated cost of the competition will not exceed a total of $10,000.  including transportation, lodging and food.  The only cost will be for two substitute teachers for one day at the cost of $200 to be charged against LHS Professional Development. This trip will be funded using a combination of AFJROTC funds, student fundraising, and student contribution.
10.
PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL
10.I.
The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell hereby donate eighteen [18] sick leave days to Ely Rivera, McAvinnue School Paraprofessional.

11.
ADJOURNMENT


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