Mayor convene "Special Meeting" between School And City Council Finance subcommittee with the Supt. and CITY MANGER the week of Sept. 10th to finalize the Maintenance of Effort Agreement for the 2018/2019 School Year and to discuss the need for the City of Lowell to properly fully fund transportation per MA. State Law and cease decreasing the city's total Cash contribution it provides the schools.
Request a Joint meeting of the Finance and Facility subcommittee's to review existing job descriptions for "custodians" and consider the need to privatize school building maintenance (painting, minor plumbing, ceiling tile replacements etc.) and look at potential cost versus adequately maintaining these buildings for our students.
Request Superintendent and Mayor ask the City Manager to fully staff each fire station located near city schools to insure our students safety until proper repairs have been made especially in light of Collins Center Report to the City which states “Given nationwide concerns about school safety at the present time, it is unacceptable to have doors that do not lock property and/or emergency exit doors that do not open or are otherwise nonfunctional.”
Request that the Facilities, School Buildings and Transportation Subcommittee meet to come up with a priority list of school repairs and improvements that are currently needed in our schools. Richard Underwood should be in attendance for this meeting.
Request that the Superintendent arrange a joint meeting of the Facilities Subcommittees of the City Council and School Committees to discuss these priorities and to set in motion, the paperwork that will seek assistance for these repairs and improvements from the MSBA.
Permission for Morey School Literacy Specialist, Patricia Shepherd, Anne Conant and Kerri Ann Unger, First Grade Teachers to attend the Units of Study in Phonics Institute at Teachers College in New York, NY from Monday, August 20, 2018 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The total cost of the Institute is $2,500 and will be paid by the Morey School Professional Development account. No substitute teacher needed.
Permission for 30 Student Athletes, along with their coaches: Mary Beth Finn, Nate Kraft, Tim Patterson and Scott Ouellet, to attend the MIAA sanctioned Dartmouth College Relays at Leverone Field House in Hanover, NH from Friday, January 4, 2019 through Saturday, January 5, 2019. The cost of $500 entry fees and $315 for 3 substitute teachers will be paid by the LHS Athletic Department.
The LHS Boys' and Girls' Cross Country teams , along with their coaches: Mary Beth Finn, Nate Kraft, Tim Patterson and Scott Ouellet, to travel to the Manhattan College Invitation in Yonkers, NY from Friday, October 12 through Saturday, October 13, 2018. The cost of $225 for entry fees in addition to $210 for two substitute teachers will be paid by the LHS Athletic Department.
Permission for 28 Lowell High School Students, along with their coaches: Mary Beth Finn, Nate Kraft, Tim Patterson and Scott Ouellet, to attend the MIAA All-State Cross Country Championship in Northfield, MA from Friday, November 16th through Saturday, November 17, 2018. There is no cost for attending this conference. The total cost of $1,500 for hotel accommodations and the $210 for two substitute teachers will be paid by the LHS Athletic Department.
Discussion regarding review of communications from Superintendent Khelfaoui’s attorney, and the proposed Notice of Contract Termination which involve (i) strategy regarding contract negotiations with nonunion personnel, and (ii) litigation strategy, public discussion of which may detrimentally affect the School Committee’s position.