The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 26, 1999


CSC ponders expansion to seven members

The heavy work load for the two Carlisle School Committee (CSC) members who also serve on the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) prompted a discussion of possible remedies at the March 16 CSC meeting. Presently, all five school committee members meet in Carlisle twice a month and share the work on subcommittees. The two members who are also RSC members attend two additional meetings in Concord each month and also serve on regional subcommittees. Cindy Nock, who serves on both committees, said that the work load is just too much. The four meetings are not the problem as much as the subcommittees, she added.

One proposal under discussion would add two additional members to the CSC who would serve on the RSC and its subcommittees. They would also attend CSC meetings so they could keep both committees informed, but they would not serve on CSC subcommittees. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson wondered whether it would be possible to get enough people to run for school committee to fill seven seats. Member Suzanne Whitney-Smith replied that this might be a good way to keep parents of high school students involved. The town would need to vote on the change, as was done when the number of selectmen was increased, Fox-Melanson said, so this would not solve the problem in the short term.

The discussion turned to more immediate ways to relieve the burden on the Carlisle RSC members. Fox-Melanson suggested that the school administration could take on some of the tasks currently handled by subcommittees. Chair David Dockterman suggested that next year they could try having the two Carlisle RSC members work only on RSC subcommittees while the remaining three members handle the CSC subcommittees. In the meantime, Dockterman said, they would determine what would be necessary to expand the school committee and would continue the discussion at the next meeting.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito