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Lowell Public School Committee
Regular Meeting Agenda 


Date:         

February 16, 2022

Time:

6:30PM

Location:

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

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 Submit It Before 2:00 PM On The Day Of Meeting. 


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 2, 2022

3.2.

Approval Of The Minutes Of The Regularly Scheduled School Committee Meeting Of Wednesday, February 2. 2022

4.

MOTIONS

4.1.

[by Eileen DelRossi]:

Request superintendent to report on status of Stem Academy growth including how many grade levels it now serves, how many sections in each grade, as well as the operation of essential products such as copiers, computers, whiteboards, digital whiteboards needed to effectively teach the vast grade level curriculums.  

4.2.

[by Eileen DelRossi]:

Request superintendent to report on the implementation of separating students with a 48 month difference in age and bathroom procedure at the Stem Academy, Pyne Arts, and Bartlett Schools.

4.3.

[by Eileen DelRossi]:

Request the superintendent to report on the immediate facilities repairs that are necessary for our students to be safe and effectively learn.  Including but not limited to gaps in door openings, holes in classrooms.

4.4.

[by Eileen DelRossi]:

Request superintendent to report on delay of recent staff payroll.

4.5.

[by Stacey Thompson]:

Motion to request the district create and host designated focus groups for student input on the spending of ARPA funds for the district. In these focus groups, space will be made for students to hear about the ARPA funds, and then share ideas of how they may envision the use of money for the betterment of their schools and overall educational experience.

4.6.

[by Stacey Thompson]:

Motion to request professional development support surrounding mental health signs, symptoms, triggers and basics of support for classroom teachers, paras and support staff. This professional development would be designed to provide overall knowledge, general context, classroom management assistance; while supporting both school professionals and the students.

5.

REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

5.1.

COVID-19 Update

5.2.

Digital Learning and Technology Integration Plan Update

5.3.

Key Performance Indicators: 2nd Quarter Review

5.6.

Supplemental Response on Motion by Andy Descoteaux- Feasibility of Neighborhood Schools

5.7.

Response to Motion 2. CFO Of 01/05/22 by Jackie Doherty regarding end of year Financial Report

5.8.

Response To Motion 4. COO Of 01/19/22 By Stacey Thompson regarding the frequency of HVAC unit filter changes

5.9.

Response to motion 19. COO Of 01/19/22 by Jackie Doherty to seek advice from MASC and MASS regarding staff shortages.

5.10.

Response To Motion 3. COO Of 01/19/22 By Eileen DelRossi regarding maintenance and repairs expenditures

5.11.

Response To Motion 13. COO Of 02/02/22 By Eileen DelRossi Regarding ESSER Positions

6.

NEW BUSINESS

6.2.

Consideration of City of Lowell Health Officials' Recommended Update to School Mask Protocol

6.4.

Authorization to Procure Modular Units for Instructional Athletic Space at Cawley Stadium

6.5.

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

7.

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE REQUESTS

7.1.

Permission for Jessica Daviso, Fine Arts Department Chair & K-12 Arts Curriculum, to attend the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in New York City to accept an award on March 3, 2022 through March 5, 2022. The cost of the convention (including registration conference fees, meals and lodging) will be no cost to the Lowell Public School Department. No substitute teacher is needed

7.2.

Request permission for LHS Varsity Baseball team along with Lowell High School Coaches, Dan Graham, Mark Rurak, Sean Riley and Nick Rand to attend a conference games in Cooperstown, New York on Saturday, April 30, 2022 and Sunday, May 1, 2022. The LHS Baseball Parent Boosters will pay all travel expenses. There is no other cost to Lowell High School or the School Department.

7.3.

Request permission for 8th grade Wang School students, along with teacher/chaperones Kathy Clark, Matthew Palmer, Alison Kuzara to travel to Boston from Tuesday, May 31. 2022 through Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Students will miss two days of school. Fundraising activities will be held throughout the school year to defray the cost of the trip [$584/per student] for all participating students. No substitute teachers are needed.

7.4.

Pre-Approved: International Travel Request

Lowell High School staff member, Susan Brassard and two additional chaperones (Cassandra Johnson and Brianna Heughins), along with approximately eighteen [18] LHS students, are requesting to travel to Rome and Sorrento, Italy during the school vacation the week of February 20, 2023 to February 24, 2023.  The total cost of $3,220 will be paid by each student traveling. The need of adding the cost for substitute teachers may arise depending on total students enrolled by February 17, 2023. Contingent on COVID-19 restrictions. 

Change requested: Travel will be from Friday, February 17th returning on Monday, February 27, 2022

8.

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

9.

ADJOURNMENT



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