Boutin resigning from Greater Lowell Technical School Committee

His term ends in December 2020

Ray Boutin speaks Tuesday about stepping down from his seat on the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee.

LOWELL — Ray Boutin will resign from the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee, a decision he said stems from his desire to spend more time with family and the increasing demands of work as the owner of an appraisal company and as an associate broker.

Boutin, in a sit-down interview with The Sun on Tuesday, said that his last school committee meeting will be this Thursday.

Though the 53-year-old Lowell resident would have reached four years this December, Boutin’s current term actually ends in December 2020. After voters from the vocational school’s communities engaged in a one-man-one-vote system of election, Boutin said an additional year was added to his four-year term.

“There’s too much of me being pulled to also have a good family life,” Boutin said. “I have four children. I have a wife who still enjoys spending time with me and I enjoy spending time with her, so it’s been a lot of time thinking about it. My goal was to finish at least the four (years) and whether the year that they gave me… whether I’d do that or not and it’s not the right timing for me to continue.”

After wrestling with whether to finish out his four years, Boutin decided it’s better to step back now to allow the City Council to appoint his replacement. Boutin also had the future new superintendent search in mind. The current superintendent of Greater Lowell Tech, Joseph Mastrocola, is retiring Jan. 1, 2020.

Boutin said he would like for Greater Lowell Tech students, teachers and staff to have a new School Committee member see firsthand what the school’s needs are before the search for the next superintendent begins.

Boutin said one of the greatest highlights of serving on the Greater Lowell Tech School Committee was the school’s $65-million expansion and renovation of Greater Lowell Tech that came in under budget and ahead of schedule. He also brought up the renovation of an area into a cafe for the special-needs students.

Another highlight — this one personal — was when Boutin was able to speak at his son Karter’s graduation ceremony at Greater Lowell Technical High School and hand him his diploma in 2016.

As for the greatest challenge during his time on the committee, Boutin said it’s been working with seven other individuals.

“I didn’t do any of these items myself. We did them,” he said. “I’m very happy with the members that I’ve worked with. Agreed with them most of the time. I knew we had a vote to get a superintendent and the end result was a wonderful superintendent that we had for… Roger Bourgeois.”

Boutin’s volunteerism stretches back years in different capacities. Before serving on the Greater Lowell Tech School Committee, Boutin volunteered his time as a member of the school’s Community Service Advisory Board from 2008-2012.

Boutin is a RE/MAX associate broker and the owner of Lowell-based Boutin Appraisal, Inc.

Boutin said his family — at the root of his decision to step down — is most important to him.

“I feel lucky enough that my wife and kids still want to spend time with me,” he said.