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Friday, January 26, 2001

At its January 17 meeting, the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) heard FY 02 budget proposals from the Gleason Library and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). Both groups presented budgets with greater than 20 percent increases over last year and significantly over current FinCom guidelines. ...more

Ellen Rauch of the Gleason Library presented a budget for Fiscal Year 2002 of $418,000, representing an increase of 27 percent over last year's budget of $329,600. Given that all town boards and agencies were given a guideline of a 3 percent increase for the FY02 budget, FinCom members were surprised by the size of the increase, and inclined to examine the library's numbers in detail. Three issues were of particular concern to the members: skyrocketing utility costs, the library's automation costs, and whether or not the proposed budget truly provided "level service" compared to the current budget. ...more

The budget for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee was presented by Superintendent Ed Mavragis and RSC chair Lauren Walters. They presented a total budget of 14.9 million dollars, an increase of 12.6% over FY01. However, because Carlisle's share of high school enrollment is continuing to go up, Carlisle's contribution to the RSC budget will go from $2.7 million to $3.3 million, an increase of 21.4%. ...more

CCHS dances suspended Concern over drinking, provocative dancing and inappropriate clothes

Dances at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School are suspended over concerns about appropriate behavior at the dances. Principal Elaine DiCicco says the decision was made in response to students drinking before dances, and dancing and clothing styles that have become more provocative over the years. She said the administration along with faculty and class advisors decided, "We needed to stop and take a look at what is appropriate at the dances." The principal, who is retiring this June after 24 years in her job at CCHS, believes the time has come to recognize and address these teen issues. ...more
U.S. Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Carlisle $75,000 in crime fighting funds that will allow the police department to hire an additional community police officer. ...more

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito