The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 23, 2001


A parade will be held in Concord center Sunday at noon to honor the Concord-Carlisle High School girls basketball team which won the Division 2 State Championship last Saturday at the Worcester Centrum. A ceremony will be held at the Middlesex Savings Bank on Main Street Square in Concord at 12:30 p.m. to commend the girls and their coaches, and to thank the many people of Concord and Carlisle who have come together this winter to support the team throughout its championship season...more

"Why would we approve this?" Planning board chairman Michael Epstein tossed the verbal gauntlet to Joe March of Stamski and McNary at the beginning of a discussion of potentially linking Log Hill Road to a proposed subdivision in Acton. March made a brief presentation to the planning board on a plan for the 233 acres that adjoin the Carlisle neighborhood of Log Hill and Woodland Roads..more

The Selectmen turned down a recommendation by town counsel Paul DeRensis to remove the amount of the tax surcharge, currently 2% of assessed property value, from the Warrant Article for the Community Preservation Act (CPA), to be presented at a Special Town Meeting April 10. As it stands, town moderator Sarah Brophy will be unable to entertain a motion from the floor to raise the amount of the surcharge above 2 %. The CPA allows the town to levy a tax surcharge to build a fund for conservation, housing and preservation. The town also becomes eligible for state matching funds...more

The Board of Health is faced with a number of "people itching for us to make a decision" said chairman Steve Opolski. These are residents who wish to expand their houses without updating their perfectly working septic systems. Each house presents a different situation and the board has struggled to come up with some universal rules...more

Last Tuesday the selectmen reviewed the proposed FY02 school budgets, which will determine the size of the inevitable "override" of Proposition 2-1/2, which limits annual budget increases. The numbers are particularly staggering this year as both schools have asked for double digit percent increases over their FY01 budgets. As proposed, the combined budgets would require a $478,000 override, with $150,000 for the Carlisle Public School (CPS) and $328,000 for Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). It was the massive 21.0% increase that CCHS is asking from Carlisle that drew heavy fire...more

After discussions with the finance committee and selectmen, the Carlisle School Committee has prepared a revised fiscal year 2002 budget of $7,044,687 which is $668,180, or 10.48% above the FY01 budget. At its March 12 meeting the school committee voted unaimously to recommend that an override option be placed before Town Meeting and on the Town Election Ballot in the amount of $150,000 for the purpose of delivering level services to Carlisle's school children...more

If the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) expected to see a significantly reduced FY02 budget proposal from Concord-Carlisle High School at their meeting on March 14, it didn't happen. If the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District (CCRSD) delegation had expected another intense and angry meeting with the FinCom, similar to their first joint session in January, it didn't happen. Instead, Superintendent Ed Mavragis, director of financial services Deirdre Farrell and RSD school committee member Harry Crowther presented their FY02 budget, which was largely unchanged from the numbers presented in January, and the FinCom listened politely...more

· Last day of school. The last day of school will be June 25, 2001 with no more snow days...more

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