2 Hour Delays – Leaving Start Time at LHS and Other Items in this week’s SC Packet

Salah  Khelfaoui Sun Photo Bob Whitaker

Salah Khelfaoui
Sun Photo Bob Whitaker

The Lowell School Committee meets tonight and there are MANY important issues addressed and answered by the Supt.and his staff. I found all this information in the on-line School Committee Packet. Many of these will be of interest to many Parents!!

1) Delayed Openings – [by Kimberly Scott]: Request the Superintendent develop a plan to implement a delayed start in lieu of a school cancellation when appropriate.

Effective this year, the Lowell Public Schools will use a school-wide two-hour delayed opening, weather permitting, instead of cancelling school for the entire school day. The main concern to be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to delay the opening of schools will be the safety of all students and staff members. All staff, with the exception of building custodians, will report to work two hours later than their normal starting time. Likewise, all students should be at school two hours later than usual. All buses have been scheduled to arrive at all bus stops two hours later than the usual time.

Mr. John Descoteaux met with the administration at the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) to discuss the possibility of a two-hour delayed school opening.

The LRTA will be able to accommodate the transportation needs of the Lowell High School students. The trips that the LRTA will be providing during a late start will be the same trips and routes normally providing service during a regular morning school start.

2) Start Time at LHS – Brian Martin in response to the Supt. based on a motion from Dave Conway

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3) Two Motions dealing with who attends Lowell Schools

[by Connie Martin]: Requesting that the Administration provide a report on the number of Lowell Public Schools Teachers who live outside the district but have enrolled their children in the Lowell Public Schools.

[by Kristin Ross-Sitcawich & Kimberly Scott]: Request the Superintendent furnish the committee a report on the number of out of district students placed in Lowell Public Schools, namely those whose parents work in district and are non-residents and if found out of compliance with the policies of the district, facilitate a plan for compliance.

4) Lowell Public Schools Website [by Kristin Ross-Sitcawich]: Request the Superintendent work with MIS personnel to integrate Lowell Public Schools website with the City of Lowell’s website.

Lowell Public Schools debuted new district websites for the central administration and each school in 2012. Prior to that the district had no true web presence except some free blogs and a small space on the city website. Right now the district integrates with the city to the extent that we are cross linked in multiple locations, so pertinent information is easy to access. For instance the LPSD website links directly to the city homepage, and there are links from within the city site that bring visitors to the LPSD content they are looking for. The Director of ICTS will also work with city MIS to add additional links to the contact area of the city website, and the main department listing dropdown menu.

GN: On that note I hope they update all the schools web pages with email contact information. MANY schools don’t show a way to email the Principal or staff just a phone contact.

5) LHS Maintenance Issues [by Steve Gendron]: Request that the Superintendent work with city officials to develop a short term plan for mitigating issues at high school relative to the leaking roof and faulty heating systems.

The city Department of Public Works, Lands and Buildings Department has been working on coating the Lowell High School Field House roof to ensure that it is waterproof. With the rain of 11/13/15, it appears that the short-term repairs are successful. The DPW has funded the replacement of all rooftop boiler units that are currently not operating on the Lowell High School 1980 building. This work has been contracted to Honeywell and they are scheduled to begin the work on Monday, November 16, 2015.

6) Open Work Orders [by Kimberly Scott]: Request the Superintendent provide a report of open work orders and their age.

On October 13, 2015, Mr. Curley gave Mr. Antonelli a printout of all of the open work orders. Subsequently, Mr. Antonelli asked the school principals to review the work orders for accuracy and to update them (see the attached memo to the school
principals). Based on the principals’ input, the status of some of the work orders has changed. At this point, a meeting will be scheduled with key personnel of the Department of Public Works for the purpose of reviewing the work orders and to
discuss a plan for completing the outstanding work orders. A complete report will be forwarded to the School Committee following the meeting with the appropriate officials at the DPW.

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