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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda




Date:        

February 3, 2021

Time:

6:30PM

Location:

City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852 
(In the Mayor’s discretion, the meeting may be move to the following Zoom room, if conditions require such a change).
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1.

SALUTE TO FLAG



2.

ROLL CALL



3.

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

3.1.

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, a phone number and email address so we can provide a zoom link to access the meeting. Email address is mpalazzo@Lowell.k12.Ma.us if no access to email you may contact us at 978-674-4324. All Requests must be submitted before 3:00 PM on The Day of Meeting.

4.

MINUTES

4.1.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Regularly Scheduled School Committee Meeting Of Wednesday, January 20, 2021

4.2.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Special Meeting Of The Lowell School Committee Of Wednesday, January 25, 2021

4.3.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Joint Special Meeting Of The Lowell School Committee Of Wednesday, January 25, 2021

5.

PERMISSION TO ENTER

5.1.

Permission To Enter: February 3, 2021

6.

MEMORIALS

6.1.

A. Patricia Caron, retired Molloy School Secretary and mother of Ann Murphy, retired Assistant Superintendent and Patricia Myers, retired STEM District Specialist.

6.2.

Barbara (Rooney) Sergi, retired Robinson School reading teacher.

6.3.

Kathleen E. Hunt, Retired Bartlett School Teacher.

7.

MOTIONS

7.1.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent work with school leadership and student advisory teams at LHS to organize a virtual listening session with students and the school committee to discuss remote learning concerns, options and plans going forward.


7.2.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Direct the Superintendent to send a letter to Governor Baker on behalf of the Lowell School Committee requesting that teachers in urban and low-income districts be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination distribution as a critical component to safely returning children to in-person learning. Copy the letter to the Lowell Statehouse Delegation, the City Council, City Manager, and Board of Health.


7.3.

[by Jackie Doherty]:

Request the Superintendent work with the City Manager to determine if and how staff immunizations can be expedited or prioritized for school-based staff who are serving our most vulnerable students.




7.4.

[by Hilary Clark]:

Request the superintendent explore the cost and benefits of a data visualization tool, where data from various source systems can be pulled into developed dashboards to provide useful information that can be rolled up, sliced, and filtered based on user access and need.  


7.5.

[by Hilary Clark]:

Require school committee members participate in an annual retreat for professional development purposes in collaboration with the superintendent. Topics may include: 

  • basic roles and responsibilities  
  • protocols and norms 
  • key public policy issues  
  • parliamentary procedure  
  • anti-racism, unconscious attitudes and implicit bias training (mandated by motion approved on July 15, 2020) 

7.5.1.

[by Connie Martin]:

For the Lowell School Committee to establish a 48 hour minimum for all meeting agendas and materials to be publicly posted for all School Committee, Subcommittee and Special Meetings, in accordance with Massachusetts Open Meeting Law and and reflective of our commitment to transparency in government. 
8.

SUBCOMMITTEES

8.1.

Equity & Access Subcommittee:

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of Wednesday, January 13, 20201 [Jackie Doherty, Chairperson]
9.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

9.1.

COVID-19 Data Monitoring

9.2.

Budget Update

9.3.

Digital Learning Update

10.

NEW BUSINESS

10.2.

Budget Transfer

10.3.

Vote to Accept a Donation of $10.000 from the Billi Marcus Foundation

10.4.

Vote to accept donation from Grandpa’s Family Desks

11.

COMMUNICATIONS

11.1.

Thank you note from the family of Glenda Ouellette for the moment of silence

11.2.

Letter to Governor Baker from the Merrimack Valley Superintendents Association

12.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

12.1.

LSAA-Donated Sick Days

The members of the Lowell School Administrator Association (LSAA) hereby request to donate fifty-three [53] sick days to Jennifer Kinsella, Special Education Social Worker.



13.

ADJOURNMENT



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