Lynn Public Schools

Lynn Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Lynn, Massachusetts. As of 2014 it is the fifth largest school district in Massachusetts.[6]

Lynn Public Schools
Location
100 Bennett Street,
Lynn, MA 01905

United States
District information
TypePublic
GradesK-12
SuperintendentPatrick A. Tutwiler, PhD.[1]
Asst. Superintendent(s)Kim Powers
Debra Ruggiero
Schools26
Budget$233,282,178 total
$13,666 per pupil
(2016)[2]
Students and staff
Students17,069[3]
Teachers985[4]
Student-teacher ratio14.6 to 1[4]
Other information
Average
SAT scores
496 verbal
494 math
990 total (2017-2018)[5]
WebsiteLynn Public Schools

History

In 2003 the district began a partnership with Gordon College of Wenham; college students volunteered at the district's schools. The college stated opposition to a U.S. federal government protection on the hiring of gays and lesbians; in 2014, citing that opposition, Lynn Public Schools ended the partnership.[7]

In or about 2011, Lynn was where the United Nations High Commission for Refugees relocated people from all over the world. With these relocations, the Lynn school district faced a growing number of refugee students who had little or no education and who may speak languages for which there is no translator. [8]

In 2017 Lynn voters rejected a proposal to build two new middle schools in the growing school district. [9]

In 2017 two long-standing School Committee members announced they would not run for re-election. The 2017 election for Lynn School Committee was active with multiple debates and about a dozen candidates. Big issues included the need for new schools and charter school expansion in the city. Brian K. Castellano and Michael A. Satterwhite won seats on the Committee in the 2017 election and all other incumbents were re-elected. [10]

In 2018 the district hired the first black Superintendent of Schools for the City of Lynn. Patrick Tutwiler was the Deputy Superintendent before being selected from a large pool of candidates to become Superintendent. [11]

In 2018 the district offered free breakfast and lunch to all students [12] and incorporated its first Operating Protocols. [13]

In 2019 the district closed the Early Childhood Center to transition Lynn Vocational Technical Institute into a Senior/Junior High School. The Discovery Academy was created at LVTI and for the 19/20 school year, 305 7th grade students were accepted into the 8th-grade program. [14]

Schools

Secondary schools

7-12 schools:

  • Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School

Cobbet Junior High School

High schools (9-12):

2018 Graduation

8-12 schools:


Middle schools (6-8):

  • Breed Middle School
  • Marshall Middle School
  • Pickering Middle School

Primary and early childhood schools

Elementary schools (PK-5):

  • Callahan Elementary School
  • William P. Connery Elementary School
  • Drewicz Elementary School
  • Harrington Elementary School

Elementary schools (K-5):

  • Aborn Elementary School
  • Brickett Elementary School
  • Cobbet Elementary School
  • Edward A. Sisson Elementary School
  • Lynn Woods Elementary School
  • Sewell-Anderson Elementary School
  • Shoemaker Elementary School
  • Lincoln-Thompson Elementary School
  • Hood Elementary School
  • Fallon Elementary School
  • Ingalls Elementary School
  • Washington STEM School

Elementary schools (1-5):

  • Ford Elementary School
  • Tracy Elementary School

Early childhood centers:

  • Lynn Early Childhood Center (Closed in June 2019) [16]

Controversy

In August of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education said Lynn Public Schools violated the civil rights of a student with disabilities due to its school policing practices, finding that the district inappropriately involved a school police officer in a routine discipline problem that extended beyond the cop’s role in maintaining public safety. [17]

In August of 2018, a coach was caught on Snap Chat saying "White Power" and putting up her fist. Superintendent Tutwiler wrote, “The Lynn Public Schools is a wonderfully diverse school community with a longstanding tradition of inclusivity and deep respect for the differences among the students and families we serve,’’ he wrote. “Any comments or behaviors that depart from this tradition are in fact an assault on our core values. We are taking this matter seriously.”[18]

In June of 2019, the coach that was caught on Snap Chat saying "White Power" and putting up her fist was rehired as the cheerleading coach of Lynn English. School Committee member Michael Satterwhite said the committee has policies on personnel and it’s up to the superintendent to enforce them. He said Tutwiler resolved the issue in the fashion he thought best and informed committee members of his decision on Monday. “We have a diverse body of educators and students, and our focus should never be on the actions or inactions of a trusted adult,” said Satterwhite. “One second of the appearance of inappropriate behavior or gestures can alter your life. Almost immediately after the situation, Mrs. Cuevas took appropriate actions to understand the situation and to grow from it. Dr. Tutwiler, with other school officials, after meeting with Mrs. Cuevas and hearing from the community, thought it would be appropriate to rehire Mrs. Cuevas. I support Dr. Tutwiler and this decision.” [19]

Notable Graduates

Harry Agganis, Major League Baseball first baseman

Edward Farnsworth, All-American college football player

Ken Hill, Major League Baseball pitcher

Glenn Ordway, sports commentator

Lou Tsioropoulos, professional basketball player

Gasper Urban, football player

References

  1. ^ http://www.lynnschools.org/district_superintendent.shtml
  2. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/ppx.aspx
  3. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=01630000&orgtypecode=5&
  4. ^ a b http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/teacher.aspx?orgcode=01630000&orgtypecode=5&
  5. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  6. ^ Troast, Andrew. "Massachusetts mayor says her city feeling effects of immigrant surge she now wants all Hispanics and black to go to another district " (Archive). PBS Newshour. August 27, 2014. Retrieved on September 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Lynn public schools sever relationship with Gordon College." Boston Globe. August 29, 2014. Retrieved on September 20, 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.wbur.org/news/2011/08/15/lynn-schools
  9. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2018/02/08/lynn-school-committee-discusses-pickering-replacement/
  10. ^ http://lynnhappens.com/2017/11/07/2017-official-lynn-city-election-results/
  11. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2018/07/16/dr-patrick-tutwiler-signs-dotted-line-become-lynns-new-superintendent/
  12. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2018/07/24/lynn-schools-thing-free-lunch/
  13. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2018/11/09/lynn-school-committee-sets-new-protocol-guidelines/
  14. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2019/03/05/early-childhood-center-closing-to-help-alleviate-overcrowding-in-lynns-middle-schools/
  15. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2019/03/05/early-childhood-center-closing-to-help-alleviate-overcrowding-in-lynns-middle-schools/
  16. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2019/03/05/early-childhood-center-closing-to-help-alleviate-overcrowding-in-lynns-middle-schools/
  17. ^ https://www.bostonherald.com/2018/08/15/feds-arrest-at-lynn-schools-violated-students-rights/
  18. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/08/14/lynn-school-officials-investigate-after-coach-says-white-power-online-video/6ByB1EcPXzNjZ55vNhsrVI/story.html
  19. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2019/06/25/fired-lynn-english-cheering-coach-has-been-rehired-for-new-school-year/

Further reading

External links

Brian Maes

Brian Maes (born August 8, 1956 in Lynn, Massachusetts) is an American musician. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1974 and from Berklee College of Music in 1979. Brian can be seen performing at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem Massachusetts on Thursday nights.

G. Joseph Tauro

G. Joseph Tauro (January 10, 1906 – October 6, 1994) was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1970 to 1976.

Gordon College (Massachusetts)

Gordon College is a private Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts. The college offers 27 majors, 42 concentrations, and 11 interdisciplinary and pre-professional minors as well as graduate programs in education and music education. Gordon has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,600 students representing more than 50 Christian denominations.

Harriet Russell Hart

Harriet Russell Hart was an American politician who served on the Lynn, Massachusetts School Committee and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She was the third woman elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Harry A. Dame

Harry Austin Dame (October 27, 1878 – September 7, 1933) was an American football coach.

John R. Baldwin

John Richard Baldwin (May 10, 1854 – May 1, 1897) was a Massachusetts politician who served in the Massachusetts State Senate and as the 20th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Lynn, Massachusetts

Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) north of the Boston city line at Suffolk Downs, Lynn is part of Greater Boston's urban inner core. Settled by Europeans in 1629, Lynn is the 5th oldest colonial settlement in the Commonwealth. An early industrial center, Lynn was long colloquially referred to as the "City of Sin", owing to its historical reputation for crime and vice. Today, however, the city is known for its contemporary public art, international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. Lynn also is home to Lynn Heritage State Park, the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, and the seaside, National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.

Lynn Classical High School

Lynn Classical High School is a high school in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. It is a part of Lynn Public Schools.

The school was once located off of the Lynn Commons, in a building which is now the Fecteau-Leary school. The high school was moved to O'Callaghan Way after the controversial construction of a new facility. The new facility has undergone massive reconstruction after it was discovered the building was literally sinking into the ground. It was a well-known fact that the new Classical was built on a former landfill, yet construction broke ground anyway.Despite being situated in a decidedly urban environment, Classical has maintained a fairly strong track record, in terms of graduation rates and test scores. The school has been lauded in the past by publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

The school also has a strong athletic tradition, and is the school from which Harry Agganis graduated before becoming a world class athlete. In the school's main foyer, a mural of Agganis greets visitors.

Lynn English High School

Lynn English High School (LEHS) is a public high school located at 50 Goodridge Street in the eastern section of Lynn, Massachusetts. It is a part of Lynn Public Schools.

Its student population is approximately 2,000 and its faculty consists of 1 principal, 3 vice principals, 8 department heads, 6 guidance counselors, 93 teachers, 1 librarian, and 3 paraprofessionals. Lynn English High School’s Mission Statement is to provide all students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills within a safe and supportive environment and to promote respectful, responsible behavior.

Lynn School District (Arkansas)

Lynn School District was a school district headquartered in Lynn, Arkansas. The district operated Lynn Preschool, Lynn Elementary School, and Lynn High School. The mascot was the lion.

On July 1, 2004, it merged with the River Valley School District to form the Hillcrest School District.

Lynn Vocational and Technical Institute

The Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (a.k.a. LVTI, Lynn Tech), is a vocational and technical high school located in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is part of the Lynn Public Schools district. LVTI offers a wide variety of trades, referred to as shops, and academic classes. Currently, Carissa Karakaedos holds the position of the school's principal; Emily Spinucci and Fred Gallo share the vice principal position.

Thomas M. McGee

Thomas M. McGee (born December 15, 1955) is mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts. Previously, he served as a Massachusetts state senator for the Third Essex district. He is a Democrat who has served since 2002. McGee was chairman of the Senate Labor and Workforce Development Committee, the Joint Public Service Committee, and the Joint Children's Caucus. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an attorney who served as a state representative from 1995 to 2002. He is the son of Thomas W. McGee, former speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1975–1984). McGee was elected Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party on October 17, 2013. In 2017 he was elected mayor of Lynn defeating incumbent mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy in a landslide. The Mayor also serves as the Chairperson for the Lynn School Committee for Lynn Public Schools.

Tricia Psarreas

Tricia Psarreas (born July 25, 1983, Lynn, Massachusetts) is an author and owner of a freelance writing company. Her first book, Freedom's Rein, was published in 2008.

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