Friday, September 17, 1999
Most CSC members take dim view of regionalization
The possibility of regionalizing the Concord and Carlisle Middle Schools had been discussed at some length last year at a joint meeting of the Carlisle and Concord school committees. At that time the Concord committee was not interested in pursuing the matter further. Now, however, the new Superintendent of the Concord Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Ed Mavragis, wants to talk with Carlisle about the idea, member Cindy Nock announced at the September 7 Carlisle School Committee meeting.
Nock went on to say that she would not want a large middle school and prefers the small middle school Carlisle now has as part of a K-8 system. Nock said that the most important value of the small school in Carlisle is that everyone knows everyone else.
Member Paul Morrison agreed and added the concern that Carlisle would lose control if the schools merged because Concord is so much bigger. Chair David Dockterman suggested that Carlisle Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson begin a conversation with Mavragis to find out what he is envisioning. When Carlisle brought up regionalization last year, the idea was to find a creative solution for handling increasing school enrollment. A smaller joint school or a charter school were mentioned as possibilities.
Dockterman said that the committee likes the K-8 system that Carlisle has. Fox-Melanson concurred, saying that she is committed to the K-8 configuration as well. She would like to look at the possibility of a separate building next to the current campus that would house the kindergarten through second grades.
Member Harry Crowther, who is also a representative on the regional school committee, said that he thought regionalization of the middle school should be considered if it would save money and the school could be made to feel small. Other members noted that the last time it was studied, regionalization was found to cost Carlisle more, not less.
Nock noted that regionalization would not solve Concord's immediate overcrowding problem. "Concord is going to need portable classrooms," she said, "even if they started building today, and they haven't started building." Dockterman concluded that the CSC will need to consider all the options for Carlisle before talking about Concord.
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