Friday, April 14, 2000
Carlisle School enrollment to top 800-mark next year
"According to numbers known this month, the enrollment in September for the Carlisle Public School will be 807," Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson announced at the school committee meeting on April 4. This figure does not include the children whose families are presently building or will buy a house in town during the summer.
Statistics show that there were 787 students enrolled in the Carlisle Public School in October, 1999; 740 students were enrolled in 1998. (For comparison, there were 585 students in 1969 , 534 in 1979 there and 550 in 1990.) There are currently no empty classrooms. On campus, to address some special needs, there is a preschool class and a Concord Area Special Education (C.A.S.E.) class, a necessary component for providing a cost-effective comprehensive educational system in the region.
Chair of the Carlisle School Committee David Dockterman said that the school was "already out of common areas. The only thing to do next is to increase class size." Business manager Eileen Riley commented, "With this enrollment growth, it is prudent to plan. The budget for FY00-01 was based on an enrollment growth of 4.7 percent when, in fact, the actual enrollment growth will be 7.7 percent and probably will continue to grow over the summer."
School committee members plan to meet with the Carlisle Selectmen to answer questions about the $15,000 request for a feasibility study for school expansion which was placed on the May 2 Town Meeting Warrant.
Projected Enrollment for September 2000
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