RECAP of May 14 Lawrence School Committee

Quick RECAP of the Lawrence School Committee of May 14

Report on Principal Consolidation: The School Committee last year decided to consolidate the principals of the different schools that are part of the Lawrence High School Campus.  The LHS Campus went from 6 Principals to 3 Principals.  Superintendent requested that a School Committee member propose a motion to increase the number of Principals back to 6.

I requested that more time be given before a decision was made to give enough time for the School Committee members to think through this decision – we will be discussing this again at our next meeting.  I also requested that a written report be emailed to the School Committee members.

-Last year Bill Gates Foundation came out with a report that was damaging to the Small Schools idea.  LHS is built around the concept of small schools and Bill Gates was one of the funders of the school.


I asked that the Report be given to all of the School Committee members and that the Lawrence School Department prepare a report addressing it.



Contract Extension for Superintendent:
School Committee Unanimously voted on a motion to renew the contract for the Superintendent until December 31st or a Superintendent is appointed.

Parent Involvement Plan
I presented the following motion to the School Committee:

Motion to Establish a Parent Involvement SubCommittee for the purpose of creating a district wide parent involvement plant that:


Reviews the strength & weaknesses of the Lawrence Public Schools;
Will make recommendations on parent involvement to the School Committee; and
Will, upon approval of the School Committee, set reachable goals for the school and district.



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About pavelpayano

Pavel Payano graduated with a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. After graduation he became the Outreach Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He served in this role until 2007 when he joined the staff of Congresswoman Tsongas becoming her Special Assistant and Immigration Specialist. In June 2011 he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Masters of Science in Public Affairs. Mr. Payano is an active member of the Lawrence community; in 2010 he co-founded the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, an organization that hopes to bridge the gap between local government, business leaders and young professionals who care about the development and well being of the greater Lawrence communities. He is also serving his second term as a Lawrence School Committee member.

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