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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

March 20, 2019

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- LHS Student Book: We Are America

3.II.

Public Hearing Inter-District School Choice Program

4.

MINUTES

4.I.

Minutes:

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Lowell School Committee of Wednesday, March 6, 2019.


5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.I.

Permission To Enter: March 20, 2019

6.

MEMORIALS

6.I.

Larry Hickey, Constable for Lowell Public Schools

7.

MOTIONS

7.I.

[by Jacqueline Doherty}:

Request the Superintendent provide the committee with a report that examines salary trends in the Lowell Public Schools over the last five years and how we compare with similar and nearby school districts in MA.


7.II.

[by Jacqueline Doherty}:

Request the Superintendent provide the committee with an update report on the Dual Enrollment Program including number of students involved with UML and MCC, courses offered at LHS and at the colleges, and other pertinent information about the program.


8.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

8.I.

Project Learn Update

8.II.

Response to Dominik Lay’s Motion of April 4, 2018 regarding the feasibility of offering MTEL Workshops

8.IV.

Business Office Update

8.V.

2019 Graduation Dates and LHS Commencement Speaker

8.VI.

Enrollment Figures

8.VII.

Report on Motions

9.

NEW BUSINESS

9.I.

Vote Of Inter-District School Choice

Documents:
  1. School Choice.pdf
9.II.

Food Service Management Contract

9.IV.

Vote to Accept Grant Award of $5,000 for Lincoln School from MACOM

Documents:
  1. MACOM Letter.pdf
9.V.

Vote to Accept Grant Award of $15,000 for Lowell High School Athletic Department from Lowell Police Department.

Documents:
  1. LHS Donation.pdf
10.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

10.I.

LHS-Trip to Spain

20 LHS International Language Club members and 3 staff members Mary Ann Dyson, Stephen Gervais and Eric Smith, to travel to Madrid, Cordoba and Sevilla, Spain from Sunday, April 19, 2020 through Sunday, April 26, 2020. There will be no cost to the district as all expenses are being covered by each student traveling. No substitute teacher is needed.


10.II.

LHS Business Professional of America

Head of School Marianne Busteed, request permission for Lowell High School Business Professional Advisor, Jill Taylor along with 8 members of the Lowell Chapter of the Business Professionals of America to attend the Annual National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA from Tuesday, April 30, 2019 through Monday, May 5, 2019.  Students will miss 3 days of school.   

The cost of the conference for student members is: Registration $145, Room Rate per student varies by the number of student housed in each room for four nights but averages to $1,330.00.  Students will be required to cover the cost of their flight as well as the cost for food and any additional tours of their choice.

Additional funds raised through the chapter will help defray the cost of registration and housing.  

  • Substitute coverage for one teachers will be necessary for three school days for a cost of $315.00 provided by the Lowell High School Individual School account. This is the only cost to the School.
  • Transportation to/from Lowell – Boston for flights to California will be covered through the LHS Student Activities budget: students will be required to cover the cost of their flight; advisor flight will be paid through fundraising and BPA Chapter funds.
  • The cost for advisor registration of $145.00 will be paid through BPA Chapter funds along with the Advisor’s flight.
  • The advisor hotel for 4 nights of $1,330.00 will be paid through the BPA Chapter funds.



Documents:
  1. LHS Anaheim CA.pdf
10.III.

LHS- AFJROTC

The Lowell High School ROTC cadets, Lt. Col Eileen Ironfield and MSgt Kevin Casilli, TSgt David Smith and MSgt Bruce Kimball, to travel to Fort Devens on Thursday, June 6, 2019 through Sunday, June 9, 2019, with approximately 80-100 cadet students to attend the MA-771’s annual Cadet Leadership Course. All costs will be paid by AFJROTC funds, student fundraising and student contributions. The total cost is approximately $7,000 and two [2] substitutes will be needed for two days. The cost of the substitutes in the amount of $440 will be paid by LHS individual school budget
11.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

11.I.

UTL - Keene Donated Sick Days

The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell Hereby Donate twenty one [21] Sick Leave Days to Maureen Keene STEM Academy @ Rogers School Paraprofessional.


11.II.

UTL - Teague - Donated Sick Days

The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell Hereby Donate twenty [20] Sick Leave Days to Patricia Teague Daley School Paraprofessional.


12.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

12.I.

Items:

  • Update and consideration in regard to negotiations and contract language related to Principals’ contracts.

  • Update and consideration in regard to negotiations of MOA with SEIU.


13.

ADJOURNMENT



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