Friday, October 27, 2000
Shorts from the school committee
· Gifts. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson announced that the Carlisle Education Foundation has given the school a grant of $21,000 from the proceeds of the 1999 Pig 'n Pepper. The money will be used to complete the computer networking project so that classroom computers will have Internet and e-mail access. The school committee also accepted donations of a student trombone from Kevin Pedersen and a toy workbench from Yona Carmichael.
In a related matter the school committee voted to revise the gift and loan policy so that gifts of less than $50 in value can be accepted at the discretion of the superintendent, without consideration by the school committee.
· Internet access. A new and more comprehensive Acceptable Use Policy for the Technology Network has been developed to replace the older Internet use policy. The school committee adopted the new policy after a brief discussion of Internet filters. Currently, Internet access is available only at the school library, where a filter is in use to screen out material that might be objectionable. Member Harry Crowther reported that the Concord-Carlisle High School faculty is opposed to filtering because they found that the filters denied access to sites that they felt should be available for student research. Member David Dockterman noted that most elementary and middle schools he is familiar with use filtering, while many high schools do not.
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