Friday, October 20, 2000
Missal resigns from CCHS post
Dr. Gerald Missal, director of financial services for the Concord and the Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools, will be leaving his post after a short transitional period. He has accepted an equivalent position with the Belmont Public Schools.
In a telephone interview, Missal said, "I have a special affinity for Carlisle and will miss working with the town." He enjoyed coming to Town Meeting here. Missal stated that he was always reminding people in Concord that "we are a two-district regional school" and that Carlisle may be smaller, but not less important.
When asked why he is making this move at this time, he responded that after 12 years a lot of things had changed in Concord and it seemed like a good time to move on.
The challenges that Missal's successor will face are the obvious increased demands on the budget relative to the available resources. Missal pointed out that both the Concord and regional budgets are likely to require overrides this spring and a large K-8 building proposal will require approval. Space utilization at the high school will be of increasing concern with the projected peak enrollment of 1,300 occurring in six or seven years, 300 more students than the current enrollment of 1,000.
Principal Elaine DiCicco's retirement at the end of the year will also affect everyone. Missal observed, "Elaine has been wonderful to work for and will be sorely missed."
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