What if the School Dept. could get thousands of dollars worth of tutoring and extra help for at risk students, or college prep courses or music / art classes from UMass Lowell?
How about getting some ICE Time at the Tsongas or the Tsongas FREE for Graduation?
Currently, UMass Lowell pays $4,500 a month to lease 125 parking spots on Fr. Morissette Blvd. In addition to Fr. Morissette Blvd Parking lease above, UMASS Lowell makes payments of between $146,169 and $210,969 to lease a large portion of the George Ayotte Parking Facility next to the Tsongas Center in Post Office Square. UMass Lowell will lease 450 of the 1,250 spaces in the garage, from September through May, and has an option to expand the lease to 600 spaces. The parking will be used by freshmen commuters until 5 p.m. on weekdays.
(Sources: UMass Lowell Administrative and Office Services, City of Lowell Parking Department.)
The University will pay the city $10,000 per year for three years to use the parking lot at Sheehy Park, along the Merrimack River near South Campus, from Sept. 1 to May 31. UMass Lowell will reserve some spaces for the public during the academic year and be responsible for maintenance and snow removal.
(Source: UMass Lowell Administrative and Office Services.)
Imagine if the Lowell School Dept. had the $210,000 a year in free college courses available to Lowell High Students or could get extra support for at risk students or 2nd language support classes? Why can’t they? Why not barter with the UMass Lowell and why doesn’t the city seek some free college classes or tutoring in exchange for these leases?
If I’m a Lowell School Committee member or potential School Committee challenger, I’m asking the Mayor to ask the City Manager if they can amend the current deals and instead through bartering get free courses and tutoring for the students and free use of the Tsongas for graduation.
The City is setting itself up to barter and trade,so why not benefit the students of the city and get some college credits while at the High School or get some tutoring for at risk students and get free use of the Tsongas for graduation.
If the city can barter with a private business, why not with UMass Lowell to help the students of the city? This Manager, Mayor and many councilors have stated EDUCATION is a priority, why not show that by bartering with UMASS Lowell for services in lieu of cash?