Friday, March 31, 2000
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee
The donation of a new electronic scoreboard from Welch's Juice Company was gratefully accepted by the Carlisle School Committee on March 21. This donation was facilitated by Carlisle School parent Jeff Brown.
As of last week, 98 children have registered for kindergarten in the Carlisle Public School for fall of 2000, reported Superintendent Fox-Melanson. "This number is significantly larger than we thought and means there may be more sections in kindergarten."
Calendar and Choice
The Carlisle School Committee voted to adopt the Carlisle Public School calendar for the 2000-01 school year. Classes will begin on Tuesday, September 5. The CSC also voted not to participate in School Choice for the 2000-01 school year.
Seventh-grade student's health
"The seventh-grade student who collapsed at the Carlisle School on February 14 continues to be in the thoughts and prayers of those at the school," said Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. The student remains at Children's Hospital but is now out of intensive care.
Request from speech pathologist
Karen Condouris, speech pathologist in the Carlisle Public School, has asked to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a clinical and basic studies research program funded by the National Institutes of Health at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. It will require her participation one day a week on Thursdays for the remainder of the school year. She has agreed to arrange her schedule so she will maintain her current caseload but has asked for a reduction from full-time to .8 employee status.
The Carlisle School Committee voted to allow Condouris to take part in this project which will study the genetics, behavioral characteristics, developmental course, neural processing, and neuropathology of autism, particularly in relation to language and social understanding. " I support her and really commend her," said Fox-Melanson. "This is the kind of educator we have at our school."
Handling of school crises
Fox-Melanson informed those present at the school committee about the "traumatic experience" at school when a bomb threat was found written in the boys' bathroom. "We never anticipated that this would happen in Carlisle, but the staff and students have taken the message seriously." She went on to say that there was a very prompt response by the Carlisle Police. "The student responsible has been identified and indefinitely suspended from the school." Chair David Dockterman said, "The school has to take these things seriously so that the school is safe for everyone."
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