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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

January 15, 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.I.

Spotlight On Excellence: Pyne Arts Magnet School Musical

4.

MINUTES

4.I.

Approval of The Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, December 18, 2019

4.II.

Approval of the Minutes of the regularly scheduled Lowell School Committee Meeting of Wednesday, December 18, 2019

4.III.

Approval of the Minutes of the Inauguration Exercises of Monday, January 6, 2020

5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.I.
6.

MEMORIALS

6.I.

Donna St. Laurent, Greenhalge School Secretary

6.II.

Elai Vorn, Stoklosa School student

7.

MOTIONS

7.I.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent provide the committee with follow-up information to the report generated from my April 2018 motion regarding status of outdoor play spaces. The updated report should include information on newly added playgrounds as well as outline plans/timeline to ensure every elementary and middle school has access to safe, age-appropriate outdoor play areas, including collaborating with the City to target for extra oversight those city-managed parks that are the only outdoor play space for certain schools.


7.II.

[by Bob Hoey]:

Request the Superintendent provide the committee with a report on the District’s compliance with Chapter 71, Section 69.   Are flags provided and properly displayed in compliance with the law, and is each teacher in the District leading the class in a group recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag?” 


8.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

8.I.

Grant Award Notification: FC528 Increased Access to Quality Afterschool and Summer

8.II.

Grant Award Notification: FC 181 Gateway City Grants for High Quality, Intensive English Language Learning Programs

8.III.

Grant Award Notification: Portrait of a Graduate Grant

8.IV.

Strategic Planning Update

8.VI.

Report on Motions

8.VII.

List of Eligible Teachers

8.VIII.

Personnel Report

9.

NEW BUSINESS

9.I.

Revision of School Assignment Policy File: JCA

9.III.

Permission to Post: Bilingual Family Liaison - Lead

9.IV.

Permission to Post: Special Education Family Advocate

9.V.

Vote to Accept Donation of $2,500 from Smith Purdon Foundation.

9.VI.

Permission to Post: Assistant TV Production Staff (part-time)

9.VII.

Establishment Of Subcommittees

10.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

10.I.

In State Overnight Travel Request:

Permission for Melissa Newell, Coordinator of Language Arts & Literacy K-12, to attend the MRA (Massachusetts Reading Association’s) Annual Reading Conference in Quincy, MA on April 1st and 2nd 2020. The cost to attend the workshop of $380.00, the cost of the hotel of $350.00 for 2 nights, mileage and meals on the amount of $150 will be paid by Title 1 funding. No substitute is needed.


10.II.

Out of Country and Overnight Travel Request: LHS

Permission for up to thirty [30] students and five [5] chaperones, Wayne Taylor, Thomas Thornton, Michelle Callahan, Jill Taylor and John Mellonakas, all Lowell High staff to travel to Belize during the February school vacation 2020. Students will miss one day of school, Friday, February 12, 2020 and four [4] substitutes will be needed for one day. The cost of the substitutes in the amount of $440 will be paid by LHS individual school budget. Each student traveling will incur the total cost of between of $3,225 and $3,525.  
10.III.

Out of Country and Overnight Travel Request: LHS

Permission for Susan Brassard and two additional non-teacher adult chaperones Cassandra Johnson, Brianna Heughins and a group of eighteen [18] LHS students to travel on an international trip named Cuisine & Culture of Southern Italy during the February school vacation of 2021. Each student traveling will incur the total cost of $3,709. No Substitute teacher needed.   


11.

ADJOURNMENT



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