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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:
March 21, 2018
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: Stoklosa SoarMA Program

4.

MINUTES

4.I.

Minutes

Approval of the Minutes of the regularly scheduled Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.I.

Permission To Enter: March 7, 2018

6.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.I.

Head of Lowell High School Update

7.

MEMORIALS

7.I.

Memorial - Bolianites

Bessie Bolianites, mother of Lowell High School teacher Charles Bolianites


7.II.

Memorial - Pen

Panha Pen, Lowell High School Student.



8.

MOTIONS

8.I.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee look into creating a mandatory citywide recess policy for all elementary and middle school students. 
8.II.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Administration Provide a report of how many students per Lowell schools enter into Lowell  High Lyceum and how many test for entry.
8.III.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Administration set up meeting with the Policy Subcommittee to establish a reasonable policy for responding to School Committee votes and motions. 
8.IV.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee consider the following additional items to be added to Agenda OLD Business and Announcements.
8.V.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent provide the committee with a report that breaks down the number of Special Education Students, ELL, and homeless students by school along with staffing ratios currently in place to meet those needs.


8.VI.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Lowell School Committee work with Asst Superintendent of Curriculum to explore creating remote learning programs or blizzard bags to be used after 5 snow days.
8.VII.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Lowell explore permanently changing Good Friday to an Early Release Day rather than a no school day.
8.VIII.

[by Connie Martin]:

Request that the Administration provide the Lowell School Committee with written recommendations at the April 4th, 2018 meeting, to engage an outside firm to conduct a Human Resources Compliance Audit with a deadline of June 30, 2018 for completion of said audit.


8.IX.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request Superintendent supply explanation why according to Outside Auditors Powers & Sullivan during the 2016/ 2017 school year, approximately $807,000 of grant proceeds were turned back unused. Report should include copies of each grant, what the total grant received was, what portion of the grant was spent and why the remainder wasn't  use along with total dollars of each grant returned.


9.

SUBCOMMITTEES

9.I.

Finance:

Finance Subcommittee Meeting:  Report of the Meeting of March 21, 2018 [Gerard Nutter, Chairperson]


10.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

10.II.

Mental Health Supports and Needs

10.III.

Revised MSBA Education Plan

10.IV.

Day School Update

Documents:
  1. Day School.pdf
10.VI.

Enrollment Figures

10.VII.

Response to Andy Descoteaux’s motion of 11/15/17 regarding a link on the LPS Website for all K – 12 events

10.VIII.

Response to Connie Martin’s Motion of 02/28/18 Regarding IDEA Camp

10.IX.

Knowledge Bowl 2018

10.X.

Response to Gerry Nutter’s motion of 02.28.18 regarding safety measures in place at all Lowell Schools

10.XI.

Breakfast and Lunch Participation

10.XII.

Home Education

11.

NEW BUSINESS

11.I.

2nd Reading and Vote on School Assignments Policy

12.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

12.I.

LHS - AFJROTC

The Lowell High School ROTC cadets, Lt. Col Eileen Ironfield and MSgt Kevin Casilli and MSgt Susan Antolini, to travel from Thursday, March 31st through Sunday, June 3, 2018, with approximately 80-100 cadet students to Fort Devens facility 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 three [3] substitutes will be needed for two days. The cost of the substitutes in the amount of $600 will be paid by LHS individual school budget.


Documents:
  1. LHS Fort Devens.pdf
12.II.

LHS - Trip to Hyannis

Rose Mendonca, Guidance Counselor at the Freshman Academy, to attend the Massachusetts School Counselors Association Conference in Hyannis, MA from Monday, April 30, 2018 through Tuesday, May 1, 2018. There will be no cost to the Lowell high School or the School Department. No substitute teacher is needed.


Documents:
  1. LHS Hyannis, MA.pdf
12.III.

Trip to Huntsville, Alabama

Kerien Driscoll, Stem Academy Math resource Teacher, to attend the Honeywell Space Educators Camp from Wednesday, June 13th through Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama.  There is no cost to the School Department budget. All expenses will be funded by the Honeywell Institute.  No substitute teacher is needed.


12.IV.

Trip to Rhode Island - Student Support Staff

Pre-approved:  Mary Payne and Rosa Segarra-Morales, District Support Specialists, Jane Mosher-Canty, Staff Counsel for Student Support Services, and Damary Montoya, Parent Liaison at LHS to attend the 2018 School Redesign Conference in Providence, Rhode Island from Monday, March 12, 2018 through Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The cost associated with lodging and registration will be funded by Project Learn. The cost for mileage and meals will be reimbursed through Title 1 and shall not exceed $800. No substitute teacher is needed.


12.V.

LHS- Trip to Dominican Republic

Head of School Marianne Busteed, request permission for up to 24 students and four chaperones, Wayne Taylor, Jill Taylor, JoAnne LaBranche and Alexis Martinez to travel to Dominican Republic from Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. The students will miss 1 day of school. All costs associated with this trip will be funded by each student and staff traveling. The only cost will be $210 for two substitute teachers for 1 day and will be paid by Lowell High School Individual School account.


Documents:
  1. LHS Dom. Rep..pdf
12.VI.

LHS- trip to Greece

Pre-Approved: Lowell High School staff Jill McNamara, Wayne Taylor and Danielle Lessard, along with chaperone Jo Ann LaBranche who is CORI and 24 students, to travel to Greece, Athens, and Islands during April 2018 school vacation. The total cost of $3,335 will be paid by each student traveling. The cost of $200 for two substitute teacher will be paid by the LHS Individual School Budget.

Change requested: Increase the number of travelers, students to 42 and chaperones to 7. The additional chaperones are LHS teachers: Michael Arwe, Ann Bienvenue, Kara Pigeon and Rachel Ruchsbaum, wife of Michael Arwe, who has been CORIED.  


12.VII.

LHS - Trip to Ireland

Pre-Approved: Head of School Brian Martin, requests permission for eighteen [18] to twenty four [24] students and four [4] chaperones, Thomas Thornton, and the other three to be named at a later date, to travel to Ireland during the April school vacation 2018. Students will miss one day of school, Friday, April 13, 2018 and three [3] substitutes will be needed for one day. The cost of two substitutes in the amount of $200 will be paid by LHS individual school budget and the third substitute will be paid by EF Tours. Each student traveling will incur the total cost of between of $2,948.00.
Change requested: There will be one chaperone, Thomas Thornton insteadOf 4 and he will be traveling with 8 LHS students instead of 24. Due to this change there will be no cost to the Lowell School Department or LHS.  


13.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

13.I.

UTL Donated Sick Days - Lannon

The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell hereby donate twenty three [23] sick leave days to Lauren Lannon, Morey School Paraprofessional.


14.

ADJOURNMENT



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