In 2017 when running for office, besides the location of LHS my biggest concern centered on the fiscal state of the Lowell School dept.
It turned out that I was more correct than I ever wanted it to be. We owe the revolving Food service Account over $2,000,000, we had an unprecedented 2018/2019 budget shortfall due to receiving false information from the former administration and the City’s Independent Auditors found in their fiscal review “that School management intentionally withheld food service and general fund invoices during 2018 with the intent to charge the expenditures to the 2019 budget.”
We have straightened out the fiscal chaos, put policies and controls in place and hired a new dynamic Superintendent, despite current members and current candidates who continue to blindly support the former administration and their policies.
I have brought forward motions for a District wide Recess Policy, the use of Blizzard bags and advocated for fair funding and pushed to keep looking at the neighborhood school concept to bring students closer to home.
The work isn’t over, the State just concluded a District Wide Review that will highlight areas that need improvement, we have to update and revise the entire policy manual, especially regarding Student Activity Accounts and put more controls in place to protect these funds.
I want to continue my service to the Lowell School Department and continue to monitor and question finances and spending. I want to continue to bring in ideas and motions to treat all students fairly and equitably and want to continue to support a dynamic leader who for the first time in my life has brought diversity to the Central Office and Principal-ships and wants to bring diversity along with fiscal and education equality to all schools to keep moving Lowell Schools-forward!
I respectfully ask you to please consider me for 1 of your 6 votes for the Lowell School Committee on Tuesday Nov. 5th