My take on the Lowell School Committee elections is that those who voted were not happy with the ways things are going in the School System. The real question, now, is what message did they mean to send. Three new members, and two of them taking the top two slots and the third new-bee beating Incumbent Connie Martin says dissatisfaction.
I would like to suggest that the voters think that the talent pool in Lowell is good. People did NOT end up in Lowell, or their parents or grandparents, through sloth or ignorance. Getting to Lowell meant hard work, perseverance and a certain amount of intelligence. Therefore, with our excellent gene pool, our students should be standouts. That they are not suggests we have a problem. Problems invite solutions. I will echo City Councilor Joe Mendonca in saying that it is not just a question of money. I will go further and say it is not just a question of salaries. We need to look further afield for knew approaches.
And my hearty congratulations to all the winners.
Regards — Cliff