The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 11, 2000


The name of the game was "override management" when the selectmen met with finance committee chair Tony Allison on February 1 to discuss progress on the FY01 budget. ...more

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School will receive an estimated $30,000 reduction in the amount of funds it will receive for next year from the state for the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunites (METCO) program. State Commissioner of Education David Driscoll recently sent a memo to the school districts that participate in the program listing cuts in funding for METCO. ...more

The boards that manage the town's land use and development patterns cannot operate next year within the 1.4 percent budget increase allowed by the finance committee's FY01 guideline, these boards announced at the February 2 budget hearing. ...more

Representatives from Middlesex School and a group of citizens opposed to the school's plans to extend its campus into the Estabrook Woods have been summoned to a "mandated settlement conference" by administrative law Judge Steinman of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The parties will meet February 17, along with their attorneys, to attempt to reach common ground in a dispute with a long history. ...more

On Wednesday, February 2, the students of the Carlisle Middle School had the opportunity to hear Symphonic Band of the Middle School of Beijing University play in the Corey Auditorium. The band was playing at Carlisle due to their connection with the Concord-Carlisle High School and was looking for performance opportunities while in America. After a brief introduction from Carlisle's own band director, Tom O'Halloran, the band began their first selection. With a swift down-beat motion from the conductor, all the silence and whispering was driven from the room by the first burst of sound. In the first and second selections a Chinese style of music BEIJING continued from page 1 ...more

At the request of the Carlisle Finance Committee, the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) will review the high school budget for next year to see if any reductions can be made. Although Carlisle's 19 percent increase for its share of the CCHS budget is mainly due to the 9.1 percent rise in the town's student enrollment, the budget also contains increases for support personnel and other expenses. It is these increases that the school committee will examine for any potential cuts. ...more

A somewhat disorganized atmosphere prevailed at the February 3 meeting of the Carlisle Conservation Commission as the board's organizational chart underwent some abrupt changes. Jo Rita Jordan, chair for the past year, had already stepped down from that demanding post as scheduled on January 31. However, the unanticipated resignation of vice-chair Tricia Smith from the commission, effective on the same date, left Jordan's successor undetermined. During Jordan's one-night absence from last week's meeting, veteran commissioner John Lee conducted the session. ...more

Both the finance committee and the board of selectmen expressed concern about the impact of any new town spending on taxes, given this year's 14 percent leap in the tax rate. At their February 2 meeting, the finance committee calculated more precisely what the actual tax increases would be under the guideline budget, with no override. ...more

Stating that the board of health might be "committing to a bunch of nonsense," chair Steve Opolski set the tone for the board to deny participation in a tobacco study being conducted by the town of Westford. Tobacco use among teens would be the subject of the study and some education would be included. Westford would provide a "circuit rider" person to come into the town, set up the study and organize the results. Funding would be provided by a four-year grant, and Westford wanted to include Carlisle to increase its database. ...more

The Carlisle School's music department is pleased to announce that 12 instrumentalists and, for the first time, three vocalists, have been accepted into this year's Massachusetts Northeast District Junior Festival. These orchestra, chorus, and band ensembles are comprised of selected students in grades 7-9 from over 80 middle schools and junior high schools throughout northeastern Massachusetts. Carlisle musicians performed a rigorous audition at North Reading High School on January 22, and those accepted will rehearse during the week of March 20 and perform a concert in Lowell on Saturday, March 25. ...more

On January 31, four students from Concord-Carlisle High School were arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on charges of allegedly videotaping sex with a female student. ...more

Delighted audience members were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime performance on Saturday, February 5, as musicians from Concord-Carlisle High School's jazz band, concert choir and concert band shared the stage with the Symphonic Band of the Middle School of Beijing University (MSBU) for a standing-room-only concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. ...more

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