Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Lowell Public Schools
Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts
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District Profile
Superintendent:Jean Franco
Enrollment:13,879 students
Graduation rate:77.5%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $117.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Patrick O. Murphy
Board members:7
Term length:2
Lowell Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of Lowell. It is the sixth-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 13,879 students in 25 schools.[1][2]

About the district

Lowell Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Lowell Public Schools is located in Middlesex 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.[3]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Lowell Public Schools is Jean Franco, who was appointed by the School Committee in April, 2011.[6] 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.[7] 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.[7] Franco receives an annual salary of $170,000.[8]

School board

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.[9] School Committee members receive a $3,000 annual salary as compensation for their services.[9]

Lowell School Committee[10]
Member District Term Ends
Patrick O. Murphy Mayor N/A
David J. Conway At-large 2015
Steven Gendron At-large 2015
James D. Leary At-large 2015
Connie A. Martin At-large 2015
Kristin Ross-Sitcawich 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.

Budget

Lowell Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[11]

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
2013-2014 $119,573,080 82.8% $15,166,658 10.5% $9,220,543 6.4% $0 0% $400,000 0.3% $144,360,281
Averages: $119,573,080 83% $15,166,658 11% $9,220,543 6% $0 0% $400,000 0% $144,360,281

Teacher salaries

Lowell Public Schools employed approximately 984 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[12] 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.[13]

Unions

Teachers in Lowell, Massachusetts are represented by the United Teachers of Lowell, which is a part of the American Federation of Teachers.[14]

Schools in Lowell

Enrollment

Lowell Public Schools serves 13,879 students in 25 schools. Lowell Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[1]

District schools

Lowell Public Schools operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[2]

Lowell Public Schools
School Name
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
Reilly Elementary
Robinson Middle School
Rogers Kindergarten
Shaughnessy Elementary School
Stoklosa Middle School
Sullivan Middle School
Wang Middle School
Washington Elementary School

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Lowell Public Schools, Spring 2012[15]
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

Issues

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.[16][17] 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."[17] Following the decision, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Federation of Teachers published an article claiming that the charter school "threatens progress" in Lowell.[18] 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."[17]

Contact information

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School Committee
Henry J. Mroz Central Administration Offices
43 Highland Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: 978-674-4320

Website evaluation

Last rated on November 12, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget documents, including revenue information, are posted.[19]
  • Staff salary information is posted.[20]
  • School committee members are listed with contact information; email addresses are not posted.[10]
  • School committee meeting dates are posted. Minutes and agendas are also posted.[10]
  • Administrators and department contact information is provided.[21]
  • Testing information is provided as well as district academic performance data.[22]
  • Employment information and applications are provided.[23]

The bad

  • Some revenue information, such as where large sums of money originate, are included in the budget, but local tax information is not provided.[19]
  • 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.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lowell Public Schools, "School Listing," accessed September 10, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Middlesex County, Massachusetts," accessed September 10, 2013
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 10, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Patricia Resende, Attleboro Patch, "Attleboro's Superintendent Not Going to Lowell," April 29, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jennifer Myers, Lowell Sun, "Five finalists for Lowell superintendent of schools," April 1, 2011
  8. Lowell Public Schools, "An Employment Agreement Between City of Lowell School Depeartment and Jean Franco," accessed September 10, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lowell Public Schools, "Section B: Board Governance and Operations," accessed September 10, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Lowell Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed September 10, 2013
  11. Lowell Public Schools, "FY2014 Budget," accessed December 9, 2013
  12. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 10, 2013
  13. 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
  14. United Teachers of Lowell, "Welcome," accessed September 10, 2013
  15. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012," accessed September 10, 2013
  16. The Boston Globe, "Mass. education chief recommends 4 charter schools," February 16, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Katheleen Conti, The Boston Globe, "Charter firm moves ahead with school," March 8, 2012
  18. American Federation of Teachers - Massachusetts, "For-Profit Charter Threatens Progress in Lowell," February, 2012
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Budget
  20. Lowell Public Schools, "Employment Contracts," accessed September 10, 2013
  21. Lowell Public Schools, "Lowell Public Schools Directory," accessed September 10, 2013
  22. Lowell Public Schools, "Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment," accessed September 10, 2013
  23. Lowell Public Schools, "Welcome to our Job Applicant Manager," accessed September 10, 2013