It’s about – Fiscal Accountability, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, Inclusion = Moving Lowell Schools Forward!

There isn’t a lot of difference between the low and dirty attack tactics in the Council race

and the UTL LEADERSHIP’s performance in the School Committee race…( NOT THE RANK AND FILE)


Let’s make the 2019/2020 School Committee race about Fiscal Responsibility! Does the public support a School Committee willing to hold a Superintendent and administration responsible or do they support UNION SUPPORTED COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CANDIDATES allowing funds to be misused, over spent and budget deficits resulting in owing the State Food Service account $2,000,000? and a 2018/2019 budget that had schools trading Toilet Paper and Paper Towels and teachers having to wait months to retire because we couldn’t afford supplies or staff because of the fiscal mess! No fiscal oversight that in addition to the $2,000,000 owed to the revolving food service account allowed a $50,000 embezzlement of student funds under the former administration ?

I am PROUD that we have moved ahead and proud that I have played a role in accomplishing the following in the Lowell School System:

Fiscal Accountability – Removed an Administration who ran up a $2,000,000 Food Service Debt with the State, created fiscal turmoil with the underfunded 2018/2019 budget. This was the same administration that in 2016 according to Auditors Powers and Sullivan:

“The School Department transferred approximately $1.0 million from the Milk and Lunch revolving fund to account for indirect charges originally charged to the general fund budget. Normally any indirect charge transfers anticipated are incorporated as part of the formal budget process. This gives the City Council all necessary information to make an informed decision regarding the approval of appropriations. In this case, the $1.0 million transfer was not approved in the formal budget

and in 2018 noted

We have concluded that School management intentionally withheld food service and general fund invoices during 2018 with the intent to charge the expenditures to the 2019 budget.

Relationship with the Supt. of Schools – This School Committee hired by a 7-0 vote a young, dynamic leader to bring Lowell Schools Forward and who is working with every corner of this city to create a Strategic Plan for the School District

Diversity – For the first time in my 57 years we have a Central Office that has diversity and 6 of 8 district & school leaders appointed in LPS since 7/1 represent diverse populations!

Equity – Supported the creation of The Renaissance Network: Supporting Chronically Under Performing Schools along with On Site-Based Budgeting And Fair Student Funding Program.

Advocacy – I have voted to not only support the Promise Act but voted to request a revision of the City’s Net School Spending Agreement, voted to request City join MSBA Accelerated Repair Program and advocated successfully to get repairs done in the city schools and to look at a return to the neighborhood school concept.

Inclusion -Encouraged and welcome more Parental and community involvement supporting Project Learn, The Citywide Parent Council and working with The Lowell Education Justice Alliance (LEJA) I was able to get passed a district wide recess policy. We’ve also expanded hours at the Family Resource center.

Fiscal Accountability, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, Inclusion = Moving Lowell Schools Forward!

There is still much work to be done as we continue to Move Lowell Schools Forward!

Please consider me for 1 of your 6 votes for the Lowell School Committee on Tuesday November 5th.

Author: Gerry Nutter's - Looking at Lowell

I'm BACK...! I've followed the finances and issues with the City of Lowell and the Lowell School Dept. for the past 8 years while blogging and contributing to Saturday Morning Live! After serving 1 term on the School Committee I am back with my view on the events, people and politics of Lowell.

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