Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts
|Lowell Public Schools|
|Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts|
|Number of schools:||25|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Patrick O. Murphy|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Lowell
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtMiddlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.
Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The current Superintendent of Lowell Public Schools is Jean Franco, who was appointed by the School Committee in April, 2011. Franco earned a Master's degree from Lesley College and held positions in the Chelsea and Fitchburg school districts before joining Lowell Public Schools in 1996. Prior to taking her current position, she served as a bilingual facilitator, assistant superintendent for student support services and deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Franco receives an annual salary of $170,000.
Lowell Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. Lowell's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board. School Committee members receive a $3,000 annual salary as compensation for their services.
|Lowell School Committee|
|Patrick O. Murphy||Mayor||N/A|
|David J. Conway||At-large||2015|
|James D. Leary||At-large||2015|
|Connie A. Martin||At-large||2015|
|Kimberly A. Scott||At-large||2015|
School board elections
- See also: Lowell Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Lowell School Committee are elected to two-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was be held on November 5, 2013. Six seats were up for election in 2013 and six seats will be up for election again in 2015.
Lowell Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Lowell Public Schools employed approximately 984 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. The current contract between the school district and the United Teachers of Lowell is not publicly available, but in the previous contract, teachers were placed into salary categories based on qualifications and experience. After the 91st day of the 2011-2012 school year, the minimum pay for teachers was $41,718, and the maximum pay was $84,636.
Teachers in Lowell, Massachusetts are represented by the United Teachers of Lowell, which is a part of the American Federation of Teachers.
Schools in Lowell
Lowell Public Schools serves 13,879 students in 25 schools. Lowell Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.
Lowell Public Schools operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Lowell Public Schools|
|Bailey Elementary School|
|Bartlett Community Partnership|
|Butler Middle School|
|Cardinal O'Connell Alternative School|
|Daley Middle School|
|Greenhalge Elementary School|
|Laura Lee Therapeutic Day School|
|LeBlanc Therapeutic Day School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Lowell High School|
|McAuliffe Elementary School|
|McAvinnue Elementary School|
|Molloy Alternative School|
|Moody Elementary School|
|Morey Elementary School|
|Murkland Elementary School|
|Pawtucketville Memorial Elementary School|
|Pyne Arts School|
|Robinson Middle School|
|Shaughnessy Elementary School|
|Stoklosa Middle School|
|Sullivan Middle School|
|Wang Middle School|
|Washington Elementary School|
|Grade and Subject||'||Proficient or Higher||'||Advanced||'||Proficient||'||Needs Improvement||'||Warning/ Failing||Students Included||CPI||SGP||Included in SGP|
|Grade and subject||District||State||District||State||District||State||District||State||District||State|
|Grade 03 - Reading||39||61||7||15||32||46||42||30||19||9||1,060||70.7||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 03 - Mathematics||47||61||17||27||30||34||32||25||21||14||1,059||72.0||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 04 - English language arts||38||57||5||13||33||44||38||30||24||14||1,042||68.0||47.0||924|
|Grade 04 - Mathematics||40||51||10||16||30||35||43||36||17||12||1,046||73.5||56.0||913|
|Grade 05 - English language arts||39||61||9||17||30||44||37||28||24||11||1,016||67.4||47.0||880|
|Grade 05 - Mathematics||37||57||14||25||23||32||31||26||33||17||1,015||64.2||37.0||882|
|Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng||23||52||6||22||17||30||40||34||36||14||1,015||56.7||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 06 - English language arts||42||66||7||18||35||48||35||22||23||11||1,115||70.3||48.0||1,004|
|Grade 06 - Mathematics||46||60||18||27||28||33||32||24||22||16||1,112||72.0||65.0||1,008|
|Grade 07 - English language arts||48||71||4||15||44||56||34||21||17||7||1,088||76.4||47.0||952|
|Grade 07 - Mathematics||37||51||11||20||26||31||35||30||28||18||1,093||65.4||61.0||967|
|Grade 08 - English language arts||64||81||6||18||58||63||25||14||10||6||1,071||84.4||55.0||935|
|Grade 08 - Mathematics||39||52||14||22||25||30||30||28||31||19||1,073||65.0||52.0||943|
|Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng||18||43||1||5||17||38||42||38||40||20||1,069||53.7||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 10 - English language arts||77||88||23||37||54||51||17||9||6||3||723||91.3||45.0||562|
|Grade 10 - Mathematics||68||78||43||50||25||28||19||15||13||7||727||84.1||52.0||563|
|Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng||49||69||14||24||35||45||39||25||12||6||666||76.7||N/A||N/A|
|All Grades - English language arts||48||69||8||19||40||50||33||22||18||9||7,115||74.8||48.0||5,257|
|All Grades - Mathematics||44||59||17||27||27||32||32||26||24||15||7,125||70.3||55.0||5,276|
|All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng||27||54||6||17||21||37||41||32||32||13||2,750||60.4||N/A||N/A|
Charter school opening
In 2012, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell D. Chester recommended that the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approve a new charter school in Lowell, which the board proceeded to do with a 6-3 vote. The approval of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School brought criticism from Paul Georges, President of the United Teachers of Lowell, who labeled the decision, "unfortunate." Following the decision, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Federation of Teachers published an article claiming that the charter school "threatens progress" in Lowell. A representative of SABIS Educational Systems, Inc., which will operate the charter school, defended the new school, stating, "We realized the district wasn’t offering the quality programs that parents want, as evident by testing data. We thought we could make a difference in the community by keeping families from moving, be a part of the solution to stabilize the community, and give it the competitive edge that it needs."
Last rated on November 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- Budget documents, including revenue information, are posted.
- Staff salary information is posted.
- School committee members are listed with contact information; email addresses are not posted.
- School committee meeting dates are posted. Minutes and agendas are also posted.
- Administrators and department contact information is provided.
- Testing information is provided as well as district academic performance data.
- Employment information and applications are provided.
- Some revenue information, such as where large sums of money originate, are included in the budget, but local tax information is not provided.
- Public records request information is not posted.
- Teacher and vendor contracts and vendor information are not posted.
- Audit documents are not posted.
- Background check requirements are not noted in the employment application forms.
- School board elections portal
- Lowell Public Schools elections (2013)
- Massachusetts school districts
- List of school districts in Massachusetts
- Middlesex County, Massachusetts ballot measures
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- Lowell Public Schools
- United Teachers of Lowell
- Lowell, Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "School Listing," accessed September 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Middlesex County, Massachusetts," accessed September 10, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Patricia Resende, Attleboro Patch, "Attleboro's Superintendent Not Going to Lowell," April 29, 2011
- Jennifer Myers, Lowell Sun, "Five finalists for Lowell superintendent of schools," April 1, 2011
- Lowell Public Schools, "An Employment Agreement Between City of Lowell School Depeartment and Jean Franco," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "Section B: Board Governance and Operations," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "FY2014 Budget," accessed December 9, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "Memorandum of Agreement Between the Lowell School Committee and the United Teachers of Lowell, July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2012, Collective Bargaining Agreement," accessed September 10, 2013
- United Teachers of Lowell, "Welcome," accessed September 10, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012," accessed September 10, 2013
- The Boston Globe, "Mass. education chief recommends 4 charter schools," February 16, 2012
- Katheleen Conti, The Boston Globe, "Charter firm moves ahead with school," March 8, 2012
- American Federation of Teachers - Massachusetts, "For-Profit Charter Threatens Progress in Lowell," February, 2012
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- Lowell Public Schools, "Employment Contracts," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "Lowell Public Schools Directory," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment," accessed September 10, 2013
- Lowell Public Schools, "Welcome to our Job Applicant Manager," accessed September 10, 2013