Friday, February 15, 2002
Shorts from the school committee
· Leave of absence. At their February 5 meeting, the Carlisle School Committee granted pre-school teacher Jennifer Fenton-Jones a second year leave of absence. Her letter asks for one more year at home with her preschool children before she returns to teaching. Her position is currently filled.
· Emergency notification. The administration team has decided to use an outside company, Notify Quick Corporation, to notify parents in case of an emergency. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson told the committee that school telephone lines are not equipped to handle the volume of both incoming and outgoing calls during emergencies. "The last time this [snow-related] happened we were swamped."
The school will be receiving this service on a trial basis for free the remainder of the year. Fees next year would be $1.25 per telephone number per family. Parents have the option of providing the necessary telephone numbers and the company has assured the school the list of names will not be given to other companies.
· School needs early issues of Husky Handbook. The Carlisle School continues to hunt for the early issues of the Husky Handbook dating 1977,1978,1979 and 1980. This completes the full compliment of copies for the celebration of 25 years in use.
· Field trips. Carlisle school field trips to Boston have been resumed.
· New social studies coordinator. Fox-Melanson told committee members that teacher Michael Miller will be the middle school social studies coordinator, replacing Jane Herrmann.
· School web page. Technology integration specialist David Mayall announced that the official school web page is up, at www.carlisle.mec.edu. It has a welcoming page, a directory of staff and links to teacher pages as well as the library. Three teachers have posted information so far. CSC member Paul Morrison said he hoped eventually the web page would include the school committee agendas.
· Eighth grade trip to Maine. Assistant principal Steven Goodwin said that the eighth grade trip this year would be going to Maine. Plans include a trip to the Portland Art Museum, a viewing of the Perry MacMillan artic expedition and a performance of the King and I at Bowdoin College, a nature hike, and enjoying a boat trip on Casco Bay. Mayall said they hoped to meet soon with interested parents who will assist in making final arrangements. Parent Amy Mestancik has already offered to help with arrangements. The trip will take place overnight June 13 and 14.
·Grievance policies. The school administration has established written procedures for three of its grievance policies: Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits discrimination against persons with a handicap; Chapter 76 of Massachusetts General Laws which states that "every person shall have a right to attend the public school of the town where he actually resides;" and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits "exclusion from, participation in, denial of benefits of, and discrimination under federally assisted programs on ground of race, color or national origin." The school's responsibility is listed as well as names of individuals to contact. This information will be included in the handbook sent to students and parents at the beginning of the school year.
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