The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 27, 2000

News

In a recent round of water testing at the Carlisle School, lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) action level were found in three of the 20 taps that were tested. Supervisor of buildings and grounds David Flannery told the school committee at their October 17 meeting that the problem is with the plumbing as the well water at the source has no detectable lead. He said that it would take some time to track down the cause of the contamination, but he was confident he could solve the problem. ...more

"Philosophy" trumped finance at the October 18 finance committee meeting, as selectmen, the superintendent of the Carlisle Schools, and the school committee chair hotly debated the wisdom and necessity of perpetuating school bus fees by establishing a revolving fund for their collection. The finance committee insisted upon the importance of departments operating within their budgets, while the school defended its right to collect additional fees. This was the most controversial of the Warrant articles considered for recommendation by the FinCom in preparation for the November 14 Special Town Meeting. ...more

The board of selectmen met on October 17 to review the submitted Warrant articles and close the Warrant for the November 14 Special Town Meeting. While most articles are financial and planning housekeeping matters, the mosquito control project is likely to draw voters. The following is a brief summary of the articles: (See entire Warrant on page 15.) ...more

Emerson Hospital and many of its physicians, along with other hospitals and physicians in the Partners Community Healthcare System, are terminating their contract with Tufts Health Plan as of April 1, 2001. ...more

Gwyn Jones, representing the bike and pedestrian safety advisory committee, presented a draft of their footpath plan to the finance committee on October 18. He explained that the proposed footpaths would "provide a way for pedestrians to get around at least the center of town without walking on the road and [facing] unsafe volume of traffic and high traffic speeds." He added that it was particularly hazardous "if you have a stroller, are elderly or are on a bicycle. That's the basic need we are trying to deal with." ...more

As of October 1, there were 807 students enrolled on the campus of the Carlisle Public School, including 17 in the pre-school. In addition, there were 12 Carlisle students in out-of-district special education placements. The five students in a C.A.S.E. classroom on the campus were not counted in the total. In October 1999 there were 775 students on campus, so the net increase was 32 students. ...more

· 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. ...more


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