Lowell Schools Under Review
LOWELL -- Keep an eye out for state employees at Lowell Public Schools this week.
The Office of District Review, part of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is conducting a “comprehensive” review of the district, according to DESE spokeswoman Jacqueline Reis.
Over four days, reviewers will speak to students, teachers, principals, district leaders, families and school and municipal officials.
“The process will culminate in a detailed report that is intended to help the district improve systems and practices that impact teaching and learning,” she wrote in an email.
The office reviews about 20 of the state’s nearly 300 districts each year. About three-quarters of the districts selected for review are district’s “where students achieve at low levels,” Reis said.
This is the office’s first comprehensive review of Lowell Public Schools.
-- ELIZABETH DOBBINS
CTI gets childcare grant
LOWELL -- Congresswoman Lori Trahan announced on Thursday that Community Teamwork, Inc. will receive a Head Start Child Care Partnership grant for $1.6 million from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant is meant to support Lowell’s early education system and to expand Early Head Start services to center-based programs offering service to toddlers and infants of low-income families. With the funding, programs can have access to transportation, nutritional service, mental health consultation and family development.
“There is a growing need and long wait list for access to infant/toddler education and care in Lowell,” Meghan Siembor, director of the division of Child and Family Services, said in the release. “With this funding, we can begin to meet some of this need, support more families through a two-generational approach and create a unified birth-to-school-entry continuum of care and education.” -- JON WINKLER
Local businesswomen get grants
LOWELL -- Four local women received $5,000 from the Lowell-Lawrence division of the Entrepreneurship for All program to support their businesses and organizations.
The women were awarded the money during EforAll’s 2019 Winter Accelerator on March 21 at the Everett Mills. Their businesses were four of 15 startups selected by the program to participate in the accelerator.
Sitha Chau received $2,000 for her Divine Lash Bar, a beauty boutique in Chelmsford that specializes in eyelash extensions. Addie Ferrick, founder of the thrift and accessory shop Stranger Style in Lowell got $1,500. Kayla Dorsey-Twumasi will use the $1,000 she was awarded to launch her nonprofit We Are Global, which prepares 10 to 12 high school students of color for a three-week summer trip to Africa. Meanwhile the $500 Christina Hamilton Award went to Luzdelcarmen Paulino, co-founder of the nonprofit home for transgender youth Casa ASLI in Merrimack Valley.
-- SUN STAFF
Donoghue to speak at reception
LOWELL -- City Manager Eileen Donoghue will be the guest speaker at the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership’s 33rd Annual Reception next month.
The event will be held Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. at the Whistler House Museum of Art, located at 243 Worthen St., with a buffet by Two Chefs Catering.
Those interested in attending can RSVP to Jim@mvhp.org or 978-459-8490.
-- ALANA MELANSON