Is Dracut School Dept. Boycotting Greater Lowell Tech?

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We know that Lowell City Councilor Ed Kennedy wants the City to challenge the make-up of the Greater Lowell Tech Board and that several of the Towns are unhappy about that.

We also know the Dracut School Committee is always looking for more money and with a brand new High School Addition complete wants to keep as many students attending Dracut High as they can.

However is it legal and proper for the Dracut School System to not allow 8th grade students to attend an information day at the TECH just as Lowell students do? In years past it has been a regular practice by Dracut and Lowell to bring 8th graders to the GLRTHS during the school day and hear about the many opportunities the school offers.

Lowell still does and my daughter attended the session yesterday and was very impressed with the school.

It seems Dracut has changed their policy and former GLRTHS Member Victor Olson asked current Tech Supt Roger Bourgeois if he knew why and what was going on.

Here is Victor’s Post from the Facebook Page Friends of GLTHS with the Tech Supt’s response.

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I’m am not sure if this is an appropriate place to post this however, for informational purposes this is the response I received to inquiry as to why students from Dracut were not attending Career Awareness Session at Greater Lowell as was done in past years.

“Hi Victor,

Thank you for the note and inquiry.

On Sunday October 5th our guidance department received an email from Principal Maria McGuinness informing us that “We are opting not to send students during the school day as was done in past years.”

She also indicated that we should contact the District Business Office if we are interested in reserving their auditorium to host an event for students and parents in the evening.

In response, the guidance department has asked her to provide mailing labels of 7th and 8th grade students so that we could mail information about the educational opportunities offered at GLT as well as invite parents/guardians and students to attend our Open House on November 13th. Her response was that they would give students any materials that we supply to them.

Please see the Commissioner’s Update with regard to Access to Vocational Technical Education at http://www.doe.mass.edu/commissioner/2011/cm111411.html

I am confused as to the reason or rationale for this change with regard to serving the best interest of Dracut students. It is also troubling that the first notification to us of the change was not made until October 5th.

As always, your support and assistance is greatly appreciated.
Best regards,
Roger
Roger Bourgeois
Superintendent-Director
Greater Lowell Technical High School”

Current GLTHS member Joe Espinola is being very cautious and trying to work with everyone to get this resolved and to make sure all facts are reported and offered this Post:

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In regards to the situation regarding the Guidance Department at Greater Lowell Tech not being able to address the Dracut Eighth Grade Students at Greater Lowell.

The Representatives on the Greater Lowell School Committee are working very hard to develop a compromise with Mr. Stone, members of the Dracut School Committee and RMS to resolve this situation that is of concern to the Dracut – Greater Lowell Representatives, Dracut Junior HS parents and others.
I am confident that there will be an information session soon in some format for DJS students. Please spread the info about the open house at Greater Lowell On Nov 13th 2014. In the meantime, you may call Greater Lowell Guidance Dept. for all the info you need in regards to attending the school as well as the open house at 978-454-5411.

Be cautious of believing all what you are hearing and seeing regarding this situation. Not all the info I have been informed about and what I have read has been entirely true.
Regards
Joe Espinola
Greater Lowell School Committee, Dracut Rep

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3 thoughts on “Is Dracut School Dept. Boycotting Greater Lowell Tech?

  1. Averell

    I think you are correct with your first thought . Here they are with a new High School and they don’t want to “share” irregardless of whether it is the best interests of the students or not. Perhaps the Voke should hold a Saturday open house and find a way to contact all Dracut students. All 3 of my kids graduated from the Voke, went on to college , hold great jobs with good pay. The youngest went on to get a Masters Degree from UMASSLOWELL and now makes a ton of money. ( those are his words, not mine). No student should be denied the opportunity to explore Vocational fields.

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  2. Michael Hayden

    Why doesn’t the Greater Lowell School board tell Mr. Stone to sick it where the sun does not shine. The town of Dracut was a big pain in the butt the entire time I was on that board ( 16 years) all they ever did was ask for things to be done and complain. The school can fill those slots with no problem they don’t need Dracut
    Mike Hayden Former Member of Greater Lowell School Board

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  3. Victor Olson

    Attention 8th Grade Dracut, Lowell Tyngsboro and Dunstable Students and Families!

    Please join the Greater Lowell Technical High School Community for our Open House on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 250 Pawtucket Boulevard, Tyngsborough, MA 01879
    •Visit our 23 Technical Programs
    •Learn about our Academic Classes and Curriculum
    •Learn about our Clubs, Activities, and Athletics
    •Learn about our Admissions Process

    For more information contact the Greater Lowell Guidance Department at 978-441-4955.

    Dracut High School Parents Open House
    Open House will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 11:00am – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
    Early dismissal (10:30am) for high school students.

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