Lowell School’s Look to Greater Lowell Tech to Find Interim CFO
LOWELL -- The city’s school district is looking to Greater Lowell Technical Regional High School for an interim chief financial officer.
On Tuesday, the Lowell School Committee will hold a special meeting to vote on whether to appoint Billie Jo Turner, the technical school’s business administrator, to the interim spot, according to the board’s meeting agenda. The committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.
In the proposed contract, Turner would fill the position for 10 months starting Sept. 3 and ending June 30, 2019. It lists her annual salary as $145,000.
The district’s top financial position has remained vacant since its chief financial officer, Gary Frisch, left on July 8 for a similar job in Gloucester Public Schools. With School Committee approval, he departed two weeks after giving notice, though his contract called for 60 days notice.
In late-2015, the School Committee approved a three-year contract for Frisch, which started with a $145,000 annual salary. The most recent budget listed his salary as $154,500.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the School Committee will also discuss and vote on several other vacant administrative positions.
“These are positions that we needed before,” Mayor William Samaras said. “We most certainly need them now.”
The committee will vote whether to appoint Susan Mulligan, the acting director of human resources, as an interim director of human resources. The proposed 11-month contract starts Aug. 6 and includes an annual salary of $125,792 with a 2 percent raise on Jan. 7, 2019.
The agenda also includes a request to appoint Mary Payne, a Lowell district support specialist, as the Acting Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services.
This would fill the position left vacant by Deputy Superintendent of Schools Jeannine Durkin, who was appointed as the acting superintendent of schools when the School Committee voted to place Superintendent Salah Khelfaoui on paid administrative leave on July 18. The committee also voted to start the process of terminating his contract.
School Committee is also expected to discuss district transportation at its Tuesday meeting. Lowell Public Schools is now without a full-time transportation manager since coordinator John Descoteaux left the position in June of last year.
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