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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

February 6, 2019

Time:

6:30PM

Location:

City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852





1.

SALUTE TO FLAG



2.

ROLL CALL



3.

MINUTES

3.I.

Minutes:

Approval of the Minutes of the Regular School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, January 16, 2019


4.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

4.I.

Permission To Enter: February 6, 2019

5.

MEMORIALS

5.I.

Memorial - Milinazzo

Mary Jane (Bakey) Milinazzo, mother of James Milinazzo, Lowell City Council and Beth Moffett, School Nurse Coordinator.





5.II.

Memorial - Byrne

Ann Marie (Daley) Byrne retired Morey School Teacher.




5.III.

Memorial- Cote

Gloria B. Cote, sister-law of Executive Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction, Nancy Cote.


5.IV.

Memorial - Wais

Heiner (Hank) Wais, a retired Stoklosa School Teacher.


5.V.

Memorial - Duda

Patricia A. “Tricia” Duda, mother of Family Resource Center Coordinator, Rebecca Duda.


6.

MOTIONS

6.I.

[by Gerard Nutter and Connie Martin]:

Requesting that the Committee enter into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing the Committee’s contracts with both the Acting Superintendent of Schools and the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations.




6.II.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee direct Superintendent to add 3 plumbers plus 2 HVAC Tech for the District in the 2019/2020 budget. 


6.III.

[By Robert Hoey]:

Motion to post the Superintendent’s Position immediately.


6.IV.

[By Robert Hoey]:

Request the Superintendent works with Lowell High School administration to develop a report regarding the usage of cell phones at LHS.  


6.V.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request the Mayor have the City Solicitor schedule an Executive Session to update the School Committee on Election Lawsuit Status. Four Individual members are named, so is the entire body called School Committee yet the City Lawyer and City Council has excluded these named people and the entire School Committee from the entire legal process. 


6.VI.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee request 2019/2020 budget include some form of rotating Library Aides in our Elementary/Middle Schools and restore a Producer role for Television Studio and direct program to include training on new Van.


6.VII.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee request Superintendent to bring forward a budget presentation and meeting schedule for the 2019/2020 school year. 


6.VIII.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee vote to keep and fully fund General / Labor Counsel Position in 2019/2020 budget and schedule an Executive Session on a quarterly basis for regular updates on all legal matters. 


6.IX.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee vote to  direct Superintendent to NOT fund Adult Education as part of the School Budget for the 2019/2020 School Year. In addition to the estimated 630,000 in salaries not credited toward NET School Spending and not required by law, the district is charged another $27K for Parking against NET School Spending. 

6.X.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee vote to change the district to a 3 Zone Transportation / Placement system effective for the 2019/2020 and begin notifying all stakeholders.


7.

SUBCOMMITTEES

7.I.

Personnel Subcommittee Meeting:

Report and Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of  Monday, January 28, 2019 [Connie Martin, Chairperson]


7.II.

Personnel Subcommittee Meeting:

Report and Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of  Wednesday, January 30, 2019 [Connie Martin, Chairperson]
8.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

8.I.

Response to Robert Hoey’s motion of 01.16.19 regarding how many 51As have been filed.

8.III.

STEM Academy Expansion Plan

8.IV.

Business Office Update

8.V.

Response to Gerard Nutter’s Motion of 04.04.19 regarding Marijuana screening.

Documents:
  1. marijuana memo.pdf
8.VI.

Response To Gerard Nutter’s Motion Of 09/19/18 regarding the feasibility of Eliminating February/April Vacation.

8.VII.

Enrollment Figures

8.VIII.

Report on Motions

8.IX.

FY19/20 Recommended Budget Calendar

8.X.

2019-2020 School Committee Meeting Dates

8.XI.

2019-2020 School Calendar

9.

NEW BUSINESS

9.I.

Vote to accept Grant Award of $ 42,000 to Henry J. Robinson School from Summer Star Foundation for Nature, Art and Humanity, Inc.

9.II.
9.III.

Donation Acceptance for Lowell STEM Clubs

10.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

10.I.

Trip- Hyannis, LHS

Permission for Athletic Director David Lezenski to attend the Annual MSSADA conference to be held on March 26, 2019 through March 29, 2019 in Hyannis, MA. There is no charge for the conference and Mr. Lezenski will cover all other associated expenses.


11.

COMMUNICATIONS

11.I.

Letter Of Appreciation To Jeffrey Bilby for his 40 Years of Service To The LPS

12.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

12.I.

UTL-Donated Sick Days

The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell Hereby Donate seven [7] Sick Leave Days to Sandra Levesque, Morey School Paraprofessional.


13.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

13.I.

Agenda Items:

  1. Non-Union Personnel:
  1. Update and consideration in regard to negotiations related to principal contracts;
  2. Update and consideration relative to a claim for reimbursement;
  3. Update and discussion relative to Interim Assistant Superintendent Turner’s contract provisions and expiration of her current contract;
  4. Update and discussion relative to Acting Superintendent Jeannine Durkin’s contract provisions and expiration of her current contract.

14.

ADJOURNMENT



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