The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 25, 1999


Congregational Church informs school of expansion

Members of the Carlisle Congregational Church are planning to build a new sanctuary and representatives attended the Carlisle School Committee meeting on June 14 to show the drawings and answer questions since the church property abuts the school property on School Street. Carlisle resident Peter Cole and Kirk Ware, chair of the building committee for the church, presented the plans.

The church boundary corresponds to the stone wall located between the school and the present church complex. The corner of the proposed sanctuary building, planned since 1970, will be 20 feet from the wall. Most of the trees between the sanctuary and the school will need to be removed. Cole said that they hope to break ground sometime in October and most of the construction will take place during the next academic year.

Cole, a former school commitee member, pointed out that the construction will be approximately 20 feet from the preschool playground next to the Grant Building. School committee member Paul Morrison said he hoped the construction site would have a good barrier so that children would not wander into an unsafe area. Ware said they would speak with the architects about a fence. There may be some blasting but the structure was designed to be above the ledge. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson asked if the school could have ample notification before the blasting.

The conversation was amicable and certain potential mutual benefits were discussed. Business manager Eileen Riley asked if classrooms might be available if school enrollment continued to increase and space was needed. Ware answered that church members would be happy to consider such a request The parking area behind the church will be increased and there was some discussion about possible use by the school during the week.

In closing, Ware assured the committee that there would be an on-site supervisor in charge of the project. Chair David Dockterman thanked them for the information.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito