The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 14, 2000


The Carlisle Conservation Commission's January 6 meeting produced a decided ratcheting up of the town's reaction to the Chelmsford Water District's proposal to pump up to 250,000 gallons of water per day from the Cranberry Bog's water sources. The commissioners and board of selectmen chair Doug Stevenson listened intently to recommendations for action from farmer Mark Duffy, who regards his Cranberry Bog operation as seriously threatened. Others also feared long-term depletion of Carlisle's potential water resources. ...more

Anger and frustration predominated during the citizen comment period at the school committee meeting on January 4, amidst an audience of about 25 people. Angry comments were directed at Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson and she walked out of the meeting. Meanwhile, school administrators, teachers, school committee members and community members were frustrated as to how to resolve an issue between a student and a teacher. ...more

On Sunday afternoon Middlesex School hosted a panel discussion on diversity in the high schools with students from Concord-Carlisle High School, Concord Academy and Middlesex giving their candid opinions on some of the issues students face. The event "Continuing the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr." was sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council and included three students from each school. ...more

Theodore Mark of Concord Street gained approval of a second-round Notice of Intent for home construction on a lot off Bingham Road at the January 6 meeting of the conservation commission. The structure will be located directly behind the existing house, barn and swimming pool, and will be sold to a family member. The Marks were represented by engineer John Boardman of David Ross Associates who displayed the specifications for a "very tight lot." The plans showed a building footprint totally within the 100-foot buffer zone of the surrounding wetlands, but at least 35 feet from the delineated edge of the resource area at its closest point. The septic system, which had received an affirmative nod from the board of health, is totally outside the buffer. ...more

After a briefing by Cranberry Bog operator Mark Duffy and the Carlisle Conservation Commission, on January 12 the board of selectmen decided to take two actions on the Chelmsford Water District's proposal to build a well field which could draw 250,000 gallons of water daily from the source of water used to irrigate the bog. ...more

The Carlisle Board of Health wants to start the new year with some resolutions. Chair Steve Opolski asked members Laura Semrad and Lisa Davis Lewis to pick a pet project for the year 2000 and run with it. Some suggestions at the January 4 meeting were to revise the water regulations, create a web page for the BOH, and promote more recycling at the transfer station. Semrad even toyed with the idea of a weekly health column in the Mosquito called "Laura's Corner." ...more

The first Carlisle School Committee meeting of the millennium, January 4, 2000, covered an update on a proposed mentor teacher program, the fiscal year 2001 budget proposal for the Carlisle Finance Committee, and various announcements about activities at the school and of committee members. The long-term capital improvements plan as discussed at the December 21 school committee meeting was accepted unanimously ...more

The Carlisle School Committee took time at their regular meeting on January 4 to hold a public hearing on school expansion options. "We need to look at what to do in the future," said Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. "The kindergarteners will be joining the school for lunch next week and the seating will be tight." She went on to say that during the last five years there has been an increase in the school population but numbers are hard to predict. She noted that the campus is now at 745 students and 800 is about the maximum. "Classes are now in five sections. If we build, what do we build? Do we build a second K-8 school?" ...more

One of the panelists in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, held at Middlesex School on Sunday, was CCHS senior Megan Miller of Fiske Street. In November, Miller was one of four students from throughout the country to be recognized for her work against bigotry and prejudice. She was honored at the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) fundraiser, "In Concert Against Hate," held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on November 15. The four young people, ages 16-21, were singled out as representatives of the next generation of leaders to fight against bigotry and prejudice. ...more

A sexual harassment policy and complaint procedure for students was adopted by the Carlisle School Committee on September 21, 1999. This policy is an update of a four-page, 1993 policy. It is referred to in the Carlisle School Handbook and is sent home to every parent in the summer packet. However, this school year, it was sent out in a separate mailing in October. ...more

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