“Jackie” Doherty had served on the Lowell School Committee for eight years, she served as Vice Chair of the Committee from 2008-2010, and she chaired the Special Education/Student Services and Lowell High School subcommittees.
She also served on the Board’s Finance, Curriculum and Instruction, and Facilities subcommittees, as well as serving on the City Manager’s Youth Development Board and the Immigration Commission. In addition, she has served on the University of Massachusetts Lowell Community-University Advisory Board and the Lowell Telecommunications Board.
Jackie also led the Lowell Citywide Parent Council, serving on its executive board for more than 10 years, as its chair in 2003-2004, and served as the school committee liaison. She earned Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Emerson College with majors in mass communication and writing.
Jackie is not only qualified but there is Precedent to appoint Jackie.
The last time a vacancy opened almost 14 years ago George O’Hare who had previously served on the Lowell School Committee but lost 2 attempts at re-election (1987, 1995) was appointed to fill out the term and then ran and was elected himself.
Why not make use of someone who is exceptionally qualified and who would bring a complete new voice to the school.Jackie offers plenty of experience and would be I belive the 1st woman to serve on the Technical School Board from Lowell since its inception. It is time for a women to serve on the board and provide a different viewpoint who has a strong background in serving on a school board.
There is no doubt Jackie has a passion for students and public service and aside from a mistake in judgement that caused her to break the confidentiality of contract talks Jackie has been a great public servant and would provide the Greater Lowell Technical School with some much needed new blood and a different perspective.
I hope the combined members of the School Committe and Council strongly consider appointing Jackie to this position.