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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda 


Date:         

March 16, 2022

Time:

6:30PM

Location:

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


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1.

SALUTE TO FLAG



2.

ROLL CALL



3.

MINUTES

3.1.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Special Meeting Of The Lowell School Committee Of Wednesday, February 23, 2022

3.2.

Approval of The Minutes of The Special Meeting of The Lowell School Committee of Wednesday, March 2, 2022

3.3.

Approval of The Minutes of The Regularly Scheduled School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, March 2. 2022

4.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

4.1.

Permission To Enter: March 16, 2022

4.2.

Permission to Enter: NRT Bus, Inc. (January 12, 2022 or February 14, 2022 proposal)

5.

MOTIONS

5.1.

[by Dominik Hok Lay]:

Request the Superintendent provide a status update on translation services for FY22 and an analysis of the level of services required within the FY23 budget to ensure equitable language access for all LPS families.

5.2.

[by Andy Descoteaux and Dominik Lay]:

Request the superintendent explore a funding mechanism to allocate up to $300 in additional flexible spending for each LPS teacher to purchase classroom supplies prior to the start of the school year to be included as part of the FY23 budget.

5.3.

[by Andy Descoteaux]:

Request a meeting of the Arts and Athletics subcommittee to discuss the citywide mural project being coordinated by Project Learn and opportunities for involvement of LPS schools.

5.4.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent provide information on the Family Resource Center re the vendor, scope, timeline, and process for the third party FRC Audit. Also, per the School Assignment Update report of Feb. 10, please provide details on the timeline re the 96 K-12 students in the FRC category, including date registration initiated, date attending school, and reasons not enrolled and/or attending.

5.5.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent explore and report back to the committee the possibility of instituting Paraprofessional Behavior Specialist roles with certification and additional training/compensation through the Lowell Academy.

5.6.

[by Stacey Thompson]:

Motion for the Superintendent to supply the School Committee with a typical timeframe from the opening of a discrimination, racism, bullying or intimidation complaint until the investigation is opened. This will be to include what it means to have an investigation open, additionally who gets involved at both a school and administration level.

5.7.

[by Stacey Thompson]:

Motion to have an appropriate representative (UTL or HR) give a presentation to the School Committee around their processes for equitable and diverse hiring processes in the district, to include what has already been done and is enacted, successes and timelines moving forward. Additionally, the size of the team working toward this specific initiative would be identified for the Committee.

5.8.

[by Stacey Thompson]:

Motion to have a compilation of enrichment programs currently staffed and operational, as well as a listing of scholarship opportunities, supplied to the School Committee as they serve to bridge the socioeconomic, racial and ethnic diversity gaps. These opportunities should be clearly identifiable for students at all three district/schooling levels.

5.9.

[by Stacey Thompson]:

Motion to open dialogue with City Council in their effort to design and install signage at school playgrounds and city parks to provide for equitable experiences for neuro-diverse and nonverbal youth.

5.10.

[by Connie Martin]:

Request the Administration provide an update on the implementation of the Aramark reporting  portal and a sample of  what the committee can expect to receive in terms of feedback on complaint resolution.

6.

SUBCOMMITTEES

6.1.

Finance Subcommittee:

Report Of The Meeting Of Wednesday, February 23, 2022 [Dominik H. Lay, Chairperson] 

7.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

7.1.

COVID-19 Update

7.2.
7.3.

Family Leadership Institute

8.

NEW BUSINESS

8.1.

2022-2023 School Calendar

8.2.

Consideration of MOA for Recruitment Stipends

8.3.
8.4.

Permission to Post: Mental Health/Behavior/SEL District Support Specialist District-wide

8.5.

Budget Transfer

Documents:
  1. Budget Transfer.pdf
8.6.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The John J. Shaughnessy Elementary School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.7.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.8.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Bartlett Community Partnership School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.9.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Benjamin F. Butler Middle School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.10.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Cardinal O'Connell Early Learning Center Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.11.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Henry J. Robinson Middle School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.12.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Fredrick T. Greenhalge Elementary School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.13.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Joseph A. McAvinnue Elementary School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.14.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The James S. Daley Middle School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.15.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The Charlotte M. Murkland Elementary School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

8.16.

Vote-Authorize MSBA Statement Of Interest For The STEM Academy At Rogers School Under The Accelerated Repair Program

9.

COMMUNICATIONS

9.1.

Communication From The Office Of Teaching & Learning Regarding LHS Graduation

9.2.

Communication from the Office of Educational Equity and Community Empowerment Regarding External Analysis of the Family Resource Center Operations

9.3.

Communication from the Office of Educational Equity and Community Empowerment Regarding Student Placement

10.

ADJOURNMENT



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