The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 14, 2000


New directors have been appointed to a not-for-profit corporation that can develop and operate affordable housing less expensively than the Carlisle Housing Authority. The authority, as an agency of the town, is subject to the regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for public projects. ...more

In another piece of bad news in a long saga, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Superior Court ruled against the Carlisle School's proposed plan to place the new septic system and leach field on the Banta-Davis Land. ...more

After interviewing four more candidates, the selectmen hired Madonna McKenzie of Westford as Carlisle's interim town administrator. The subcommittee of selectmen John Ballantine and Vivian Chaput agreed that McKenzie has skills and experience that match well with the town's needs. "We perceived that she has all the people skills necessary for working with multiple town departments and she also understands the committee side of town government," according to Ballantine. McKenzie assumed her duties in the Carlisle Town Hall on April 11. ...more

The Carlisle School expansion subcommittee should find a qualified demographer to do a careful and professional study of enrollment trends before doing an engineering feasibility study of the Banta-Davis Land, selectman John Ballantine urged at their March 9 meeting. Several weeks after the meeting, the school committee formally requested that the selectmen add to the Warrant an article authorizing $15,000 for the feasibility study alone. ...more

"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. ...more

The old industrial arts building at Concord-Carlisle High School will be renovated in the next three years to make room for the expected increase in student enrollments. The regional school committee heard from HMFH Architects of Cambridge on the status of their evaluation of the existing school facilities and plans to address departmental and space needs. ...more

Last Sunday's hike on the Conant Land gave members of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, the trails committee and several Rockland Road neighbors a chance to voice their concerns about the proposed affordable housing development to be sited there. The walk was organized by a group of Carlisle citizens concerned with the following questions: Is the impact on the Conant Land too great? What about the impact on neighbors and the town center? And finally, is this the right way to bring affordable housing to Carlisle? Absent from the walk were members of the Carlisle Housing Authority. ...more

The Carlisle School Committee received a summary of remarks presented at the January Legislative Forum by Education Collaborative for Greater Boston Executive Director Dr. Thomas Scott, the former Concord superintendent. The remarks note that according to recent figures, the Massachusetts state budget supports approximately 26 percent of special education services, less than half of the national state average. Regular education services and programs for all students are being impacted by the increased costs of special education services. Deinstitutionalization in the 70s provided savings to the states but transferred costs to local school districts. He suggested increased medical insurance should be sought. ...more

FY01 budget

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. ...more

Based on the old adage that you have to break a few eggs to bake a cake, Carlisle's Destination Imagination (DI) teams should be opening a bakery in town. Both town squads that qualified for DI state competition on Saturday, April 8 in Hopkinton won awards with their solution to the "Eggs Over Easy" problem. The teams had to develop a system to move five eggs through an obstacle course with five barriers. DI, a non-profit international group, split off from the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) organization last year. ...more

Carlisle School preschool teachers have set their sights on having the brand new program accredited by the National Association of Educating Young Children (NAEYC). The two preschool teachers, Shelly Hardimon and Hilary Claiborne, have been working hard to achieve this goal. Hardimon told the Carlisle School Committee on April 4 that they have received results from a questionnaire sent to families. The teachers are creating a portfolio which will contain preschool procedures, student goals, a description of the program, policies, job descriptions for aides and a parent handbook. ...more

On March 28, the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee voted unanimously not to participate in the School Choice program for the school year 2000-01. School districts are required by state law to vote on the program annually. By not participating, both Concord and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District agree not to accept students from other school districts. However, Concord students can choose to attend a school in a district which participates in the program. The sending school district must pay a per- pupil cost of $5,600, an amount set by state law. The current per-pupil cost to educate a CCHS student is over $9,000. ...more

At the regular Carlisle School Committee meeting on April 4, chair David Dockterman spoke for the group on the annual evaluation of Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. He said, "To summarize the feelings of the committee, we're happy." The full school committee, the school administration and 25 to 30 parents and teachers in the audience heard that the evaluation is confidential and is placed in the personnel file. ...more

In reviewing proposed septic system plans, the Carlisle Board of Health pays attention to multiple details. One of the most important is the percolation rate of the soil. ...more

Carlisle emergency personnel were running from one hot spot to another on April 8 and 9 as gusts of wind swept permit fires out of control and toppled limbs on the roadway. By the end of the weekend, most of Carlisle's on-duty personnel had gotten into the action in one way or another. ...more

This year's Carlisle Education Forum is honored to welcome child psychologist Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Thompson will speak about how to raise responsible children with a special emphasis on civility, a topic of wide concern these days among families and schools. ...more

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