Friday, June 25, 1999
School committee wraps up loose ends
The final Carlisle School Committee meeting of the 1998-99 academic year was called to order by chair David Dockterman on Monday, June 14.
The students began vacation on June 22. However, there are constant reminders that the administration and faculty have a lot of work to do to prepare for the next academic year. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said the school continues to hold interviews for the positions of assistant principal, kindergarten teacher, and language teacher. The superintendent will make the recommendation that all noncontractual employees, such as the principal and other administrators, be reappointed.
Business manager Eileen Riley is in the process of completing the final payroll and the budget. She said that all expenses appear to be on target and the school will not have to request a reserve fund transfer.
Lunch program reviewed
The Carlisle Public School lunch program, which feeds approximately 750 individuals, has been examined by a representative of the Department of Education. The representative was pleased with the number of items offered, menus and ambience of the lunch room and commented that everything seemed to be in good shape. She agreed that additional staff would be needed to establish a second hot meal line to relieve the congestion and provide students with more time to eat. Some prices will increase to ensure the availability of the same variety of food and to keep up with salary demands. Carlisle does not have a subsidized lunch program.
Collection of the students' lunch money always seems to generate time-consuming lines and paperwork. The school hopes to encourage parents to pay in advance and the administration is exploring possible incentives. The department of education discourages students' charging lunches because collecting the money creates additional costs and problems.
The school committee received a preview of summer plans for one Carlisle teacher. This summer, sixth-grade teacher Carolyn Platt and her husband have been invited to present a program at an educational conference in Kunming, China. The conference is sponsored by the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont. Platt will be showing slides about the Carlisle School which will focus on "everything from curriculum and teaching methods to lockers and buses." She hopes to establish some e-mail links between students of the two countries.
The next scheduled school committee meeting will be August 3.
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