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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

October 21, 2020

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

3.1.

Communication Remote Participation:

Members Of The Public May View The Meeting Via LTC And Those Wishing To Speak Regarding A Specific Agenda Item Shall Register To Speak In Advance Of The Meeting By Sending Email To The Superintendent Indicating The Agenda Item And A Phone Number To Call So That You May Be Tele-Conferenced in to the meeting. Email Address Is mpalazzo@Lowell.k12.Ma.us If No
Access To Email You May Contact at 978-674-4324.
3.2.

FY21 Budget Public Hearing

4.

MINUTES

4.1.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Special Meeting Of The Lowell School Committee Of Wednesday, October 7, 2020

4.2.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Regularly Scheduled School Committee Meeting Of Wednesday, October 7, 2020

5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.1.

Permission To Enter: October 21, 2020

6.

MEMORIALS

6.1.

Richetta Woods, aunt of Shonica Davis, Shaughnessy School paraprofessional.

6.2.

Marge Driscoll, Daley School paraprofessional.

6.3.

Anne C. (Flood) White, retired Adult Education Teacher.

7.

MOTIONS

7.1.

[by Michael Dillon Jr.]:

Request the Board of Health update the School Committee on what recommendations, other than closing schools, are being suggested for Lowell related to the current dashboard classification of being in the “Red”. 


7.2.

[by Michael Dillon Jr.]:

Request that the Facilities Department notify the Superintendent and School Committee of any plans to use Lowell School buildings for any purpose other than in-person schooling for LPS students.


7.3.

[by Michael Dillon Jr.]:

Request that the Administration consult with Physical Education staff to examine implementation of effective Physical Education across the district in a remote learning environment. 


7.4.

[by Michael Dillon Jr.]:

Recommend that the Superintendent continue to support LPS students, coaches, and advisors to maintain in-person extracurricular activities offered within the school district.


7.5.

[by Michael Dillon Jr.]:

Request that the Committee make the appropriate accommodations to host in person speakers from the general public beginning with the next regularly scheduled meeting.


7.6.

[by Michael Dillon Jr.]:

Request the Superintendent provide a report on how the administration plans to use and administer exit interviews district-wide moving forward. 


7.7.

[by Andy Descoteaux]:

Ask the Superintendent to form an ad hoc committee with representation of a cross section of educators from LPS, including UTL, and higher education with the principal aim of identifying the deficits and methods to address any missing skills and knowledge resulting from the changes to the instructional day and learning environment since March 2020 and continuing into the 2020-2021 academic year. The goal should be; how can we minimize any learning loss that has occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and what can be done to narrow or eliminate those academic gaps for students.


8.

SUBCOMMITTEES

8.1.

College & Career Readiness Subcommittee:

Report and Approval of the Meeting of Thursday, July 9, 2020 [Andy Descoteaux, Chairperson]
8.2.

Curriculum & Instruction Subcommittee Meeting:

Report and Approval of the Meeting of Wednesday, October 14, 2020 [Connie Martin, Chairperson]
9.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

9.1.

COVID-19 Data Monitoring and In-Person Learning

9.2.

Report on Motions

9.2.1.

Response to Motion 1.CAO Of 10/16/19 By Dominik Lay:

Ask the Superintendent to develop a partnership with the Greater Lowell Technical School to afford students to learn a trade while attending Lowell High School.


9.2.2.

Response to Motion 1.CSO Of 09/23/20 By Andy Descoteaux:

Have the Superintendent to provide the School Committee sample copies of elementary, middle school, and high school schedule.

9.2.3.

Response to Motion 15. CEEO of 09/02/20 by Jackie Doherty

Request the Superintendent prepare a report for the committee that provides information on the timeline, structure and activities re family orientation for the upcoming school year. The report should include specifics re remote learning flexibility and accountability measures to support student learning.








10.

NEW BUSINESS

10.1.

Temporary Amendment of Policy FIle KF



10.2.

FY21 Budget Session

Documents:
  1. FY21 Budget.pdf
10.3.

FY21 Budget Adoption

10.4.

Approval of Contract Amendment for Pridestar, Inc.

10.6.

Selection of Delegate to Attend the MASC Annual Business Meeting on behalf of the Lowell School Committee.

11.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

11.1.

The Members of the United Teachers of Lowell Hereby Donate thirty three [33] Sick Leave Days to Kristen (Colon) Coburn LHS School teacher.

12.

ADJOURNMENT



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