Lowell (Mass.) board member drafting anti-nepotism measure

Friday, June 28, 2013

School Committee member Kim Scott is drafting an anti-nepotism regulation for the School Department after learning that a second close relative of Deputy Superintendent Jay Lang has been promoted to a higher-paying job.

Lang's younger sister, Jill Lang, has been hired as the new director of the Freshman Academy at the high school. Less than a year ago, Lang's wife, Lori, was selected as the new assistant principal at the Pyne Arts Magnet School.

Jill Lang's hiring proves regulation is needed, Scott said.

"There certainly is an appearance of a conflict," said Scott, who hopes to meet with City Solicitor Christine O'Connor and have a proposed regulation drafted in time for the July 17 School Committee meeting.

Scott said the regulation will prohibit the School Department from hiring family members; it may extend only to supervisors, particularly those in central administration, principals, vice principals and School Committee members.

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