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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:
August 15, 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.

Introduction of New Administrators

4.

MINUTES

4.I.

Minutes:

Approval of the Minutes of the regularly scheduled Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, July 18, 2018
4.II.

Minutes of the Special Meeting:

Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

4.III.

Minutes of the Special Meeting

Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Lowell School Committee Meeting of Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
4.IV.

Minutes of the Special Meeting

Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.I.

Permission To Enter: August 15, 2018

6.

MEMORIALS

6.I.

Carol Ann Reidy, mother-in-law of Jeff Gwiazda, Coordinator of Mathematics for Lowell Public Schools.


7.

MOTIONS

7.I.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Mayor convene "Special Meeting" between School And City Council Finance subcommittee with the Supt. and  CITY MANGER the week of Sept. 10th to finalize the Maintenance of Effort Agreement for the 2018/2019 School Year and to discuss the need for the City of Lowell to properly fully fund transportation per MA. State Law and cease decreasing the city's total Cash contribution it provides the schools.


7.II.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request a Joint meeting of the Finance and Facility subcommittee's to review existing job descriptions for "custodians" and consider the need to privatize school building maintenance (painting, minor plumbing, ceiling tile replacements etc.) and look at potential cost versus adequately maintaining these buildings for our students. 


7.III.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request Superintendent and Mayor ask the City Manager to fully staff each fire station located near city schools to insure our students safety until proper repairs have been made especially in light of Collins Center Report  to the City which states  “Given nationwide concerns about school safety at the present time, it is unacceptable to have doors that do not lock property and/or emergency exit doors that do not open or are otherwise nonfunctional.”


7.IV.

[by Andy Descoteaux and Gerry Nutter]:

Request that the Facilities, School Buildings and Transportation Subcommittee meet to come up with a priority list of school repairs and improvements that are currently needed in our schools. Richard Underwood should be in attendance for this meeting.


7.V.

[by Andy Descoteaux and Gerry Nutter]:

Request that the Superintendent arrange a joint meeting of the Facilities Subcommittees of the City Council and School Committees to discuss these priorities and to set in motion, the paperwork that will seek assistance for these repairs and improvements from the MSBA.


8.

SUBCOMMITTEES

8.I.

Personnel Subcommittee:

Report and Approval of the Meeting of Wednesday, August 8, 2018 [Connie Martin, Chairperson]
9.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

9.I.

Budget Update

9.III.

Lowell High School Schedule Update

9.IV.

Director of Human Resources Position Update

9.VI.

Enrollment Figures

9.VII.

List of Eligible Teachers

Documents:
  1. 2018 15 August.pdf
9.VIII.

Personnel Report

9.IX.
10.

NEW BUSINESS

10.I.

Consideration of Employees from Priority List

10.II.

STEM Academy @ Rogers Time Change

10.III.

Vote To Accept a Donation to Day School and the FRC From Daly Group totaling 32,000.

11.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

11.I.

Trip- New York

Permission for Morey School Literacy Specialist, Patricia Shepherd, Anne Conant and Kerri Ann Unger, First Grade Teachers to attend the Units of Study in Phonics Institute at Teachers College in New York, NY from Monday,  August 20, 2018 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The total cost of the Institute is $2,500 and will be paid by the Morey School Professional Development account.  No substitute teacher needed.


Documents:
  1. LHS Yonkers, NY.pdf
11.II.

LHS- Hanover, NH

Permission for 30 Student Athletes, along with their coaches: Mary Beth Finn, Nate Kraft, Tim Patterson and Scott Ouellet, to attend the MIAA sanctioned Dartmouth College Relays at Leverone Field House in Hanover, NH from Friday, January 4, 2019 through Saturday, January 5, 2019.  The cost of $500 entry fees and $315 for 3 substitute teachers will be paid by the LHS Athletic Department.


Documents:
  1. LHS Hanover, NH.pdf
11.III.

LHS-Cross Country

The LHS Boys' and Girls' Cross Country teams [28], along with their coaches: Mary Beth Finn, Nate Kraft, Tim Patterson and Scott Ouellet, to travel to the Manhattan College Invitation in Yonkers, NY from Friday, October 12 through Saturday, October 13, 2018.  The cost of $225 for entry fees in addition to $210 for two substitute teachers will be paid by the LHS Athletic Department.


Documents:
  1. LHS Yonkers, NY.pdf
11.IV.

LHS- MIAA


Permission for 28 Lowell High School Students, along with their coaches: Mary Beth Finn, Nate Kraft, Tim Patterson and Scott Ouellet, to attend the MIAA All-State Cross Country Championship in Northfield, MA from Friday, November 16th through Saturday, November 17, 2018. There is no cost for attending this conference. The total cost of $1,500 for hotel accommodations and the $210 for two substitute teachers will be paid by the LHS Athletic Department.





12.

COMMUNICATIONS

12.I.

Invitation to Lowell Day School Grand Opening

13.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

13.I.

Executive Session:


Discussion regarding review of communications from Superintendent Khelfaoui’s attorney, and the proposed Notice of Contract Termination which involve (i) strategy regarding contract negotiations with nonunion personnel, and (ii) litigation strategy, public discussion of which may detrimentally affect the School Committee’s position.





14.

ADJOURNMENT



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