Friday, April 14, 2000
Shorts from the CSC
The Carlisle School Committee voted to adopt the amended FY01 budget. The budget will be $6,237,704, an increase of 8.08 percent. The group also voted to ask for the override request in the amount of $80,000. Thus, the total budget for the schools to be voted on at Town Meeting will be $6,317,704. The fees necessary in order to fund the "level service" budget will be discussed at the next school committee meeting on April 25.
Kindergarten fees legal
According to general counsel Rhoda E. Schneider the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) has given the opinion that fees for a proposed full-day schedule of kindergarten in the town of Groton is lawful. They do recommend that the Groton School Committee consider implementing a sliding scale of fees based on family income. Schneider noted that the town of Groton has met its legal obligation by providing free half-day kindergarten to all children for the number of hours and days mandated by state regulation.
Teacher performance seminar
A collaborative effort among the three groups charged with the responsibility of educating Carlisle youngsters attended a seminar at the University of Wisconsin in Madison to discuss teacher career advancement. Six members from the Carlisle School Committee, the school administration and the Carlisle faculty participated in this program based on Charlotte Danielson's "Frameworks for Teaching," which provides standards to enhance the quality of teacher performance. Thanks to funding from a grant proposal, Carlisle, one of 11 school systems at the seminar, has been participating in the seminars since 1994. This year, participants explored different ways to compensate teachers according to student achievement.
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