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It has been a busy week in Lowell politics and the happenings at the Greater Lowell Technical High School have not yet reached the level of public discussion it deserves.
Evan Lips, Lowell Sun reporter, has the story in today’s edition of the paper.
To recap, newly-elected GLTHS Committeeman Eric Gitschier had asked the Superintendent Mary Jo Santoro about funds either missing or mismanaged at the School. When she did not provide an answer, he submitted a motion.
At Thursday night’s meeting, committee member Erik Gitschier’s motions launched public discussion of the allegations. An attorney representing the school stressed there was no money currently missing from any of the district’s accounts.
The motion to order Santoro to produce a report about the incident carried by a 6-2 vote, with Chairman Michael Lenzi and Secretary George O’Hare casting the two votes against.
According to the Sun, the individual who is at the center of this controversy is related to the Superintendent.
I am shocked that two School Committeemen, both representing Lowell, would oppose bringing a report forward. I cannot believe they would vote against a public report. Imagine if this was the Lowell School Committee? How about if it was the City Council and the City Manager?
If this kind of situation had occurred at City Hall during his tenure on the Lowell City Council, would GLTHS Committee Chair Lenzi have said “I don’t want to know about it and I don’t think the committee needs to know about it.” Really?
In the past, the GLTHS Committee has had issues with transparency and accountability. The 6 - 2 vote affirms that the majority wants that perception and reality changed. Now we need to have the other two understand that.
Although the GLTHS Committee broadcast its meeting live via webcam, the recording of this meeting has not yet available through local access television. As soon as that occurs, I post the on-demand link.
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