Approval of the Minutes of the regularly scheduled Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Maureen (Finn) Conlon, retired Shaughnessy School teacher, sister-in-law of Denise Finn Shaughnessy School teacher and mother-in-law of Lori Conlon Greenhalge School teacher
Request the Administration to provide current school committee copies of the end of year fiscal closing process and request a meeting of the Finance Subcommittee to review or develop written policy by May 15th 2018.
Superintendent verbally advise School Committee if we are on schedule to meet all required Budget presentation and meetings dates adopted by the School Committee. Also inform if all unions / staff have been notified of potential layoffs / reductions per contract requirements.
Request School Committee Attorney provide legal opinion if per Roberts Rules and the School Committee Policy Manual a Subcommittee Chair can call for a meeting without first presenting it as a motion on the Meeting Floor per Mayor's proposed preference.
School Committee work with Administration and School / City Attorney's reviewing / developing a Policy regarding marijuana screening in employment requirements based on changes to State Law.
School Committee work with Administration and School / City Attorney's developing a policy in regard to "Service Animals" for disabled versus "Comfort Animals " in Lowell Public Schools.
Request the Superintendent to investigate strategies to increase parent engagement in all schools including our PTO, Citywide Parent Council and School Site Council.
Request the Superintendent explore the feasibility of offering MTEL (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure) Workshops in order to increase qualified diverse teacher candidates.
Request the Superintendent provide the committee with a report that describes each elementary and middle school’s outdoor play space, including whether they have play structures (none, one, or two) available for student use during recess.
Request the City Auditor provide the School Committee with a report on all School Department Budget and Financial issues. Report shall include, but not be limited to, the entering of the FY2018 School Budget into the City’s financial system and the school budget’s compliance with all City financial regulations and the City Budget.
Ask the Superintendent to request an evaluation of all current useful and/or new equipment that is currently in the High School. That equipment should be salvaged by us and not the demolition company.
Ask the Superintendent to look into how ALL the musical equipment found in all our schools should be evaluated and shared by all schools.
All Subcommittee meetings shall be scheduled by the explicit vote of School Committee as whole. All Matters or topics discussed in Subcommittee shall be referred to the said Subcommittee by vote of the full Committee at a regularly scheduled meeting.
Ask the Superintendent to ask the City Auditor what the percentage of Lowell’s budget went to the School Department before Ed Reform.
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 21, 2018 [Gerard Nutter, Chairperson]
Permission for Lowell Day School teachers Karen Tyros and Stephanie Crowell to attend the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) training held on April 10, 2018 in Nashua, N.H. All expenses are being covered by the school Professional Development account not to exceed $198. No substitute teacher is needed.
40 LHS International Language Club members and 4 staff members [Tricia Gabor, Thomas Thorton, Michael Arwe and Marry Ann Dyson], along with a CORIED chaperone, to travel to Quebec City, Canada from Friday, February 8 through Monday, February 11, 20119. The cost of the substitutes in the amount of $315 will be paid by LHS individual school budget. Each student traveling will incur the total cost of $600.00. The travel company includes allowance for chaperones at no cost.
Permission for Lowell High School Latin Lyceum teacher Krista Earley to attend the AP Reader conference held from Friday, June 1, 2018 through Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. There will be no cost to the district. All expenses are being covered by the College Board. No substitute teacher is needed.
Request permission for fourth grade McAvinnue students, along with Principal Michael Ducharme, Assistant Principal Michael Domina, Teachers; Tom Pelletier, Cindy Fosse, Julie Gillis, Kate Burgess-MacIntosh, Noreen Crowley and Mike Cotta to participate in an overnight field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston on Friday, June 1th through Saturday, June 2, 2018. The trip will be paid by students and staff. The McAvinnue School Student Activity Account will pay the $ 760 transportation cost. There are no costs to the School Department budget. No substitute teacher is needed.
Permission for Melissa Newell, Coordinator of Language Arts & Literacy K-12, to attend the MRA (Massachusetts Reading Association’s) Annual Reading Conference in Quincy, MA on April 8th and 9th 2018. The cost to attend the workshop of $230.00 (Presenter) will be paid by the District Professional Development Account. The total cost for the hotel of $300.00 for 2 nights at the conference location will be paid by Title 1. No meals would need to be provided for this conference. No substitute is needed.
The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell hereby donate twenty  sick leave days to Kristen Colon, Lowell High School Teacher.