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Thursday, February 7, 2019

School Mx (Mx for Maintenance)

For John, BLUFSomething is going n here, but I am not sure what.  I hope we don't outfox ourselves.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The [Lowell] Sun, by Reporter Aaron Curtis (, 6 February 2019.

Here is the lede plus seven:

LOWELL -- A mouse scurrying across the floor of this Lowell High School classroom has become so common, the teacher named the rodent, according to Faith Salbasfregeau.

Salbasfregeau -- told this by her grandson who sits in that classroom -- shared the story with the Board of Health on Wednesday night.

"This might be a joke, but I take it very seriously," the Lowell resident told the board.

Salbasfregeau was one of the roughly 25 concerned family members in attendance for the meeting. Complaints of rodent droppings and frigid classroom temperatures across the district, and how they are being addressed, were the focal point.

The concern expressed during the meeting was spelled out in almost six pages of complaints compiled by Paul Georges, president of the United Teachers of Lowell union.

The list is part of George's push to place pressure on the city and the district to find short-term solutions to the ongoing problems in school buildings. In December he called the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, prompting a state probe, Georges said.

The Board of Health went through each complaint regarding the 27 district schools Wednesday night, and the maintenance and repairs to address each of those complaints.

City Manager Eileen Donoghue said the city and district are working aggressively to address issues and apply both short and long-term solutions. The district has repaired "virtually" all the problems listed, according to Donoghue.

The article goes on from there.

It isn't like we are the only industrial government entity with a Mx problem.  The whole German Military has a Mx problem with its equipment.  Which is why President Trump complains about their [lack of] financial contribution to our common defense.

This is one of City Manager Eileen Donoghue's big problems, and she seems to be getting a handle on it.

Regards  —  Cliff

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