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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:
February 14, 2018
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 regularly scheduled Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, January 17, 2018

4.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

4.I.
4.II.

Ratification of Memorandum of Agreement – S.E.I.U Library Aids

4.III.

Ratification of Memorandum of Agreement – L.S.A.A

5.

MEMORIALS

5.I.

Memorial - Moore

Betsy Moore, retired Robinson School music teacher.

5.II.

Memorial - Durand

Katherine Y. "Katie" Durand, daughter of Michelle Durand, Lowell High School Clerk.


6.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.I.

Subcommittee Assignments: Appointed by Mayor William Samaras

7.

MOTIONS

7.I.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request the Superintendent to update the Committee on the status of New Maintenance of Effort Agreement with City and set March 1st to finalize and present to the Committee for approval at the March 7th meeting or Per Chap 603 CMR 10.00  we contact the Education Commissioner's Office and request designee to conduct hearing.


7.II.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request the Superintendent to update/explain the delay in purchasing equipment for many other schools similar to what was done for the Pyne Arts School using our Comcast revolving account.

7.III.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Per Open Meeting Law, any combined subcommittee meeting which results in more than 3 members in attendance be posted as a meeting of the Committee of the Whole. 

7.IV.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent provide the committee with additional options to address site issues for the Day School and the middle-school bubble that do not require students from the Cardinal O’Connell being returned to their sending schools. The options to be presented and discussed at a meeting of the whole prior to the regularly scheduled March 7 school committee meeting.

7.V.

[By Jacqueline Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent direct each school to develop a list of “Top Ten Most Pressing Facility Needs” to share with the Facility Subcommittee as a way to get an immediate handle on issues of primary concern in our buildings.

7.VI.

[by Jacqueline Doherty ]:

Request the Superintendent direct staff to remove surplus materials cluttering halls and storage areas at the Robinson School either by donating or finding some other acceptable means of disposal. In addition, provide the committee with a report on surplus materials cluttering other schools with a plan/timeline for removal at those locations.

7.VII.

[by Andy Descoteaux]:

Request that the Superintendent establish a link on the Lowell Public Schools Website that indicates all K - 12 events in the Lowell Public Schools.

8.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

8.I.
8.II.

Monthly Financial Report

8.III.

Personnel Report

8.IV.

Lowell High Head of School Update

8.V.

State Aid Update

8.VI.

Final Budget Calendar

8.VII.

2018-2019 School Calendar

8.VIII.

Transportation Update

9.

NEW BUSINESS

9.I.

Salary Adjustment for Non-Affiliated Staff

9.III.

Approval of an Educational Research Request

10.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

10.I.

LHS - Gear-up

Head of School Marianne Busteed, requests permission for Middlesex Community College/Lowell High School Gear-up personnel; Dianne Luz, Jeanette Racine,Sarah Sorenson and Genesis Torti along with a group of 32 Upward Bound students participating in the MCC TRIO Talent Search, Upward Bound and GEAR-UP program to attend the annual conference  scheduled on February 22 through February 23, 2018 in Cromwell, CT.  There are no costs to the Lowell High School or the School Department Budget
Documents:
  1. LHS Cromwell CT.pdf
10.II.

Robinson- Trip Yellowstone

Robinson School Principal Kevin McLaughlin, requests permission for [20] twenty 7th grade students and five chaperones, Dan Sargent, Jen Frasier, Caroline Burrows, Tadd Allen and Tyler Bedford to attend an educational  field trip to Yellowstone National Park.   The field trip is scheduled for April 15 through April 21, 2018. No school will be missed.  All expenses will be paid through the Summer Star Foundation Grant. There are no costs to the School Department Budget.

10.III.

Trip to Boston- Martha Cohn

Assistant Superintendent  Desmond, requesting permission for Martha Cohn, Coordinator of Science & Social Studies to attend the STEM Leadership Conference in Boston, MA on April 18-20, 2018.  The cost of the conference (including conference fees, meals and lodging) will be no cost to the Lowell Public School Department, as DALI STEM Leadership will pay for all these expenses. No substitute is needed.

11.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

11.I.

UTL Donated Sick Days - Levassuer

The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell hereby donate twenty one [21] sick leave days to Lynn Levassuer, Lincoln School Teacher.

Documents:
  1. UTL Sick Leave.pdf
12.

ADJOURNMENT



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