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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

October 2, 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 – Summer Reading Program

4.

MINUTES

4.I.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Regularly Scheduled Lowell School Committee Meeting Of Wednesday, September 18, 2019

5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.I.

Permission To Enter: October 2, 2019

6.

MOTIONS

6.I.

[by Connie Martin]:

Requesting that the Administration provides the Committee with a report on the implementation of the New Initiative relative to the Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) Act.  


6.II.

]by Connie Martin]:

Requesting that a meeting takes place relative to any new Curriculum Initiative throughout the District.


6.III.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request report on school incidents related to contraband items brought into schools and student restraint by staff in relation to (1) compliance with district policy and (2) maintaining the safety of students and staff.


6.IV.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request Administration to provide update on Television Mobile Studio Van, studio equipment and staffing.


6.V.

[by Gerard Nutter]:

Request Administration work with City, Lowell Police and Shelter to address homeless living on South Common especially South Street near pool area sidewalk. Several parents have reached out to express concerns with students who walk. Also request Administration to update Committee on Parking issues and classroom / restroom concerns at the Stem Academy including an update on debris found outside the school that may contain asbestos.


6.VI.

[by Jackie Doherty}:

Request the Superintendent collaborate with the Citywide Family Council to develop and implement a training/educational program for School Site Council members in preparation for school-based budgeting in Spring 2020.

7.

SUBCOMMITTEES

7.I.

Policy Subcommittee Meeting:

Report and Approval of the Meeting of Thursday, September 19, 2019 [Gerard Nutter, Chairperson]


8.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

8.I.

Superintendent's Entry and Transition: Day 66 Update to the Community

8.II.

Update on Site-Based Budgeting and Fair Student Funding

Documents:
  1. SBB Update.pdf
8.III.

Update on the Renaissance Network: Supporting Chronically Under Performing Schools

8.IV.

Report on Motions

8.V.

Home Education

9.

NEW BUSINESS

9.I.

Launch of Strategic Planning Process

9.II.

Permission to Post: Part Time Temporary Strategic Advisor

9.IV.

1st Reading and Vote on Educational Opportunities for Children in Foster Care Policy

9.V.

Team up Playworks Service Approval

9.VI.

Approval Of UMASS Lowell Research Proposal

10.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

10.I.

Pyne Arts Out of State And Overnight Travel Request:

Pyne Arts Magnet School social studies teacher Michael Neagle respectfully requests to attend the National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Conference to be held in Omaha, NE on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18. Mr. Neagle was recently selected as the first ever Massachusetts Civic Engagement Champion (CEC) by the NASBE, in partnership with MA DESE. As one of four recipients nationwide, Mr. Neagle will be honored at their annual conference and speak about the importance of civic education at the middle school level and his work in Lowell Public Schools. The funding source for the conference is the NASBE, and 2 days of substitute teachers will be paid from district professional development funds.


10.II.

LHS Out of State And Overnight Travel Request:

Permission for LT. Col Eileen Ironfield, MSgt Kevin Casilli, Grecia Aybar, Luis Morales, Christine Burke and the AFJROTC Drill Team to travel to the drill competition in Mexico, NY, on October 18, 2019 and will return Saturday, October 19, 2019 around midnight. This trip will be funded using a combination of AFJROTC funds, student fund-raising, and student contribution.  Total cost is approximately $6,000.00.  The cost of two substitutes in the amount of $220 will be paid by LHS individual school budget.


10.III.

Greenhalge School Out of State Travel Request:

Permission for Kayla Moschetti to attend the Get Your Teach On conference to be held in on Uncasville, Connecticut on October 15, 2019.  The cost of one substitute in the amount of $110 will be paid by Greenhalge individual school budget.


10.IV.

Robinson School Out Of State Travel Request:

Permission for seven and eight graders to travel to Jeffrey, N.H. to climb Mount Monadnock on October 7, 2019 and October 11, 2019. There is money budgeted within the school grant to cover the transportation cost. The cost of eight substitute teachers in the amount of $840.00 will be paid by the school individual budget.


11.

ADJOURNMENT



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