The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 12, 2001


Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee

· Notes from Davida. Carlisle Schools Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson gave her report to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on October 2, noting that this year's spaghetti supper appeared to be the best-attended ever. Her first Dialogue with Davida was also well-attended, with participants asking interesting questions. Due to recent events, all school field trips to large cities have been cancelled. Regarding professional days, Fox-Melanson noted that although Katie Wood Ray, a respected reading specialist, is unavailable for a professional day in February, teachers Donna Clapp (second grade) and Susan Helenius-LaPorte (reading specialist) will use the course they took this summer to run an exciting seminar.

· Carlisle School Building Committee. School business manager Eileen Riley reported the school building committee needs new members.

· Regional school committee. CSC member and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) chair Cindy Nock said the RSC is looking for two new Carlisle members, one possibly having an architectural background, to review space utilization for the high school in anticipation of a major rebuilding project.

· Carlisle Web Page Task Force. CSC member David Dockterman reported the Carlisle Web Page Task Force is off to a good start. At a recent meeting the group discussed how teachers can use the web site, what technical issues have to be resolved, and how to manage the site.

· School crunch committee. Dockterman discussed the new "School Interim (Crunch) Committee," created to deal with the overcapacity of the Carlisle School, until a new facility is available. He proposed that the crunch committee members should consist of superintendent Fox-Melanson, school principal Andy Goyer, representatives from the CSA, school council members, and three teachers. His proposal was accepted. The first meeting is October 24 at 6:30 p.m..

· School enrollment. Fox-Melanson reported the Carlisle School student enrollment as of October 1 was 849. She recalled last year's figure was approximately 820.

· Professional development plan. Goyer discussed the Carlisle Public School professional development plan and presented the professional development booklet to the committee. The booklet lists teacher recertification regulations and [the] professional development options, including courses offered through Carlisle College and by the EDCO Collaborative, the Education Collaborative for Greater Boston, Inc., a voluntary collaborative of 21 urban and suburban school districts. Carlisle College courses are taught by the Carlisle teaching staff and Goyer noted there are excellent offerings for teachers, staff and administration. Fox-Melanson said all staff members are encouraged to take advantage of the courses. The booklet also contains an impressive list of the curriculum work done by the Carlisle teachers during the summer of 2001.

· Summer reading program. Goyer said the summer reading program was a huge success, with 96 percent participation. The committee gave credit to parents, teachers and the excellent working relationship with the Gleason Library.

· New school building. CSC member Paul Morrison reported on the recent meeting of the school building committee with the board of selectmen to discuss plans to build a new school facility. CSC members were dismayed to learn the meeting contained a discussion of building on a site that had been deemed inadequate by the department of education. The CSC has laid out its recommendations for a pre-K to grade two facility on the Banta-Davis Land and a renovation of the current campus for grades 3 to 8, and hoped to move to the planning stage. Nock suggested some actions to deal with the committee's concerns:

· Obtain letter from department of education detailing the limit to the current campus to 900 students.

· Explain the rationale behind the recommendation for the Banta-Davis Land pre-K to 2 building proposal.

· Explain the problem with other proposed building sites, such as the hillside by the Spalding Building (slope, traffic congestion, elevated building).

· Explain facility advantages for having Grades 3-8 on a separate campus.

· Provide an analysis of traffic congestion at the current campus.

· Show how the current campus would be used once the pre-K-2 grades are moved to the new facility.

The next meeting will be October 16.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito