Monthly Archives: February 2016

UTL Contract – 2016/2017 Budget Calendar – Graduation and Last Day of School

image 2012:2014

**These are the latest steps shown on the Contract page in the Lowell School Dept Website and are from the 2011-2012 school year and do not reflect the increase they received in 2012/2014 contract which is shown under the step chart. For some reason the School Dept. does not update contracts rather just keeps adding on addendum after addendum**

It isn’t just the UTL Contract that will be voted on at the School Committee meeting this Wednesday Night.The Agenda item reads:

Contract Ratification: Consideration of and vote on of Memoranda of Agreements for Teachers (UTL), Paraprofessionals (UTL), Building Services Employees (UTL), Cafeteria Workers (UTL), and Administrators (LSAA)

Here’s a simple breakdown by contract:

United Teachers of Lowell – This new contract gives the Teachers a total of 3.75% covering the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 time periods. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year. It covers all “steps and lanes’. In addition it also gives what amounts to longevity bonuses once you have reached certain milestones. Those are as follows:

Completion of 15 Years (Step 8 B) $250
Completion of 20 Years (Step 9 ) $500
Completion of 25 Years (Step 9 B) $750
Completion of 30 Years (Step 10) $1000
Completion of 35 Years (Step 10 B) $1250

The Union agreed to go to bi-weekly pay beginning at the end of this contract but have the option to delay that for 6 months if they notify the city by June 30th (meaning if they don’t like the budget or cuts, they can stall and block some savings).

The Union also agreed to a “business casual” dress code and agreed to drop any open grievance related to dress codes.

The contract also calls for all middle schools to have 260 minutes of “teaching time”. So in a school day of 6 hours and 40 minutes (Daley School Early Bell: 7:20 Dismissal Bell: 2:10) teachers have 4 hours 10 minutes of teaching time.

Paraprofessionals – a total of 3.75% covering the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 time periods. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year. It covers all “steps and lanes’. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year.

The Union agreed to go to bi-weekly pay beginning at the end of this contract but have the option to delay that for 6 months if they notify the city by June 30th. The contract allows Para’s to be out 5 days before a DR.’s note is required

Building Service Employees‘- a total of 3.75% covering the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 time periods. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year. It covers all “steps and lanes’. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year.

They also agreed to go to bi-weekly pay beginning at the end of this contract but have the option to delay that for 6 months if they notify the city by June 30th.

They also get longevity increases: Completion of 10 Years $156
Completion of 15 Years $352
Completion of 20 Years $528

Cafeteria Workers – a total of 3.75% covering the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 time periods. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year. It covers all “steps and lanes’. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year.

The Union agreed to go to bi-weekly pay beginning at the end of this contract but have the option to delay that for 6 months if they notify the city by June 30th. The contract allows Para’s to be out 5 days before a DR.’s note is required

They also get longevity increases: Completion of 10 Years $156
Completion of 15 Years $352
Completion of 20 Years $528

Lowell School Administrators Association – a total of 3.75% covering the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 time periods. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year. It covers all “steps and lanes’. 1% of that doesn’t go into effect until the last day of this school year.

The Union agreed to go to bi-weekly pay beginning at the end of this contract but have the option to delay that for 6 months if they notify the city by June 30th.

They agreed to a 190 day work for SPED Social workers, ETC’s, BCBA’s, Autism Specialist and School Psychologist who report to the Spec. Ed Director which includes 4 flex days. (and agreed to drop an open arbitration)

The Union also agreed to a “business casual” dress code.

This graph from the DESE website shows the ages of staff during the 2014/2015 School year so if we use the age of 25 has a starting age, most of the existing staff will qualify for some dollar amount of the offered longevity bonuses.
Staff Age

BUDGET TIME!

Both Bob Gignac and Steve Gendron have motions addressing the upcoming budget:

[by Robert Gignac]: Request the Superintendent provide a timeline for the FY17 budget deliberations & presentations.

[by Steve Gendron]: Request the Superintendent to initiate the budget process for FY17, deliver a draft to the committee by April 1, and work with the Finance Subcommittee to schedule public information sessions in April and May.

The Superintendent and new CFO respond to these request with the following memo

To: Dr. Salah E. Khelfaoui, Superintendent of Schools
From: Gary N. Frisch, School Business Administrator
Date: February 26, 2015
Subject: FY2017 Budget Calendar

The following is the proposed schedule of the FY17 Budget.

Present Budget Calendar Thursday March 24, 2016
Superintendent’s Recommended Budget Thursday April 28, 2016
Budget Hearing Monday May 2, 2016
Budget Adoption Monday May 9, 2016

Graduation and Last Day of School
Lowell High School Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:00 PM UMass Lowell Tsongas Center Mayor Edward J. Kennedy – School Committee Representative – Commencement Speaker Luis Pedroso [1980 Graduate of LHS]

Barring an unexpected emergency that causes schools to be closed the last day of school is:Thursday, June 23, 2016