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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

April 10, 2019

Time:

6:30PM

Location:

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



1.

ROLL CALL



2.

SALUTE TO FLAG



3.

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

3.I.

Spotlight On Excellence- Robinson School Stranger Sagas Young Writers’ Competition

3.II.

Blue Ribbon Screening Committee Update

3.III.

Appointment Of Jeannine M. Durkin As Superintendent Of Schools

4.

MINUTES

4.I.

Minutes:

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Lowell School Committee of Wednesday, April 4, 2019.


5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.I.

Permission To Enter: April 10, 2019

5.II.

Approval Of Contract For Jeannine M. Durkin As Superintendent

6.

MEMORIALS

6.I.

Memorial - Welcome

Doris A. Welcome, mother of retired Bartlett and Stoklosa School Principal Jackie Travers.


6.II.

Memorial - Tep

Darius Tep, Lowell Public School student.


6.III.

Memorial - Do Santos

Jordan Do Santos, Lowell Public School student.


7.

MOTIONS

7.I.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Based on the City budget the last 2 years supplied by the City Manager in anticipating the City will provide at most approx. $650,000 of their required $2,000,000 increase in Net School Spending in the form of an additional cash contribution. School Committee direct Superintendent to provide report showing savings if we eliminate All Pre-School Programs, Adult Education ,  All Varsity/ JV / Intramural Athletics programs and rezoning School District for 2019/2020 School year.


7.II.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee vote to direct our Lawyer to draft a letter to the magistrate in the Huot v. City of Lowell case opposing any settlement involving changing the way School Committee is elected/appointed due to lack of School Committee being allowed representation in the case.
7.III.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee vote to request DESE conduct a fiscal compliance Audit regarding the City’s Net School Spending charges.

7.IV.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

School Committee vote per 603 CMR 10.00: School Finance Education Laws and Regulations Request Commissioner of Education appoint a designee to conduct an informal hearing to encourage the parties to reach an agreement and make a final determination on the issues in dispute to establish to a new maintenance of effort agreement that takes effect for the 2019/2020 School Year. 
7.V.

[by Dominik Hok Lay]:

Ask that the Superintendent to create a line item for translations in the FY20 Budget for the amount of $30,000.





7.VI.

[by Dominik Hok Lay]:

Ask that the Superintendent to explore the feasibility of reinstating full time Parent Liaisons.
8.

SUBCOMMITTEES

8.I.

Policy Subcommittee:

Report and Approval of the Meeting of Wednesday, April 3, 2019 [Gerard Nutter, Chairperson]


9.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

9.I.

Communications and Literacy MTEL Workshop

9.II.

Response to Connie Martin’s Motion of March 6, 2019 Regarding Pre-School And Kindergarten Admission Policies.

9.III.

Business Office Update

9.IV.

Behavioral and Mental Health Services Grant Update

9.V.

Response to Gerard Nutter’s motions of February 14, 2018 and February 19, 2018 regarding the New Maintenance of Effort Agreement.

9.VI.

Response to Jacqueline Doherty’s motion of March 20, 2019 regarding salary trends

9.VII.

Response to Robert Hoey’s motion of January 16, 2019 regarding pay to all unaffiliated staff.

9.VIII.

Response to Connie Martin’s motion of July 25, 2018 regarding existing law suit

9.IX.

Pledge of Allegiance

9.X.

Report on Motions

9.XI.

Enrollment Figures

10.

NEW BUSINESS

10.I.

Election Of Jeannine M. Durkin As Secretary To The Lowell School Committee

10.IV.

Health Care General Staffing Agreement

11.

ADJOURNMENT



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