Friday, May 8, 1998
Carlisle Public Schools Residency Policy
It is the intent of the Carlisle School Committee that children who actually reside in Carlisle may attend the Carlisle Public Schools; others may not. Residency for students is defined as living and sleeping in Carlisle at least four nights a week.
For students whose residency is in transition, the following may apply, with prior written approval of the Superintendent of Schools:
• New students whose families are building a primary residence in Carlisle may enroll in the Carlisle Public Schools at the beginning of the school year if their home construction has completed the Town of Carlisle insulation inspection by August 1 of that year. For all other new students with new construction, a Town of Carlisle occupancy permit is required for enrollment.
• New students whose families are purchasing an existing primary residence in Carlisle may enroll in the Carlisle Public Schools at the beginning of the school year if they have a signed and accepted Purchase and Sale Agreement, a signed statement from bank officer that a mortgage has been approved, and a scheduled closing date no later than Oct. 1 of that year.
• New students whose families will be renting a primary residence in Carlisle may enroll in the Carlisle Public Schools at the beginning of the school year if they have a signed lease with evidence of financial commitment, and an occupancy date no later than October 1 of that year.
• Current Carlisle Public Schools students whose families are moving from one residence to another within Carlisle or who are renovating their current Carlisle residence, and who must briefly reside elsewhere during the transition period, may continue to attend the Carlisle Public Schools if they have a house under construction or renovation in Carlisle and if they can provide documentation that they will be moving back into Carlisle within three months.
• Current Carlisle Public Schools students whose families move out of town after April 1 may complete that school year in Carlisle.
• During all of these transition periods, transportation to and from another town is the physical and financial responsibility of the family.
Families must notify the Superintendent of Schools in writing in advance of any address changes.
Fox-Melanson reported that letters of resignation had been received from school psychologist Hedy Cyker and from second-grade teacher Elizabeth MacDonald. MacDonald, who taught here for five years, was on a career exploration leave this year. Now she is pregnant and has decided to stay home with the baby. Cyker has been school psychologist for the past two years.
During budget discussions, the uncertainty of changes in staff during the summer is sometimes given as a reason why cuts or additions cannot be precisely predicted. The resignation of the two staff members above is an example. In addition, the enrollment continues to change. The on-campus enrollment as of October 1, 1997 was 691. During the year a few students have moved out, but more have moved in. The enrollment as of May 4, 1998 was 699.
Legislators will fight against any funding for towns that do not meet the state requirement of ten-percent affordable housing.