Friday, May 17, 2002
Shorts from the CSC
• CSC votes "no" to school choice. At the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting Tuesday, May 7 the vote was unanimously against participation in the "School Choice" program for the 2002-2003 school year. Participating school systems agree to accept students from other towns in exchange for a tuition payment by the student's home town. A public hearing on the subject was held on April 2.
• School facility use changes. Two proposed revisions of the Carlisle Public Schools' facility-use policy are as follows: "Keys will not be given to any individual or group using school facilities. All facilities must be secured by school personnel." The other change refers to cancellations. "An organization may cancel a facility use any time prior to 3 p.m. on the scheduled date of use. A cancellation charge will be made for any scheduled custodial special detail that has been cancelled without 72 hours prior notice."
• Faculty retirement and resignation. Marie T. Padenski will retire at the end of this school year after 37 years of service in the dining room at the Carlisle Public School. Superintendent Fox-Melanson said that her long service to the school has been "extraordinary." Christopher Hardiman has informed the CPS of his resignation from the position of middle school guidance counselor. This position has been held by Kimberly Reid who has been on maternity leave since December 2001. Fox-Melanson said that Hardiman has done an excellent job and will be leaving to hold a position in another town.
• Teacher Appreciation week. The CSC expressed its appreciation of the high level of professionalism among the teaching staff to David Mayall, president of the Carlisle Teachers' Association.
• School news. Fox-Melanson reported that the MCAS makeup test for grades 4 and 7 was accomplished. The sixth grade had a successful outdoor education experience and the displays for Carlisle Arts Week "went very well and showed the high caliber of work being done at the school." The sixth grade had their Olympic presentations and the popular faculty/student basketball game has been played. On June 4, adventurer Rob Taylor will present a program to grades 6, 7 and 8 about his two expeditions to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Taylor's presentation is sponsored by the Carlisle School Association (CSA) Cultural Enrichment committee.
• Out-of-date textbooks. Approximately 100 out-of-date French textbooks, no longer part of the curriculum here or in Concord, have been donated to a middle school language program in a city school.
• Buildings and grounds. Supervisor of the buildings and grounds David Flannery provided an update on the school's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the testing of water and indoor air quality. On all fronts the school is slowly reaching compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Due to careful monitoring and testing of air and water quality, and the addition of aeration equipment in the water system, there is no area at the school which will compromise the health of the students.
• Graduation. Eighth-grade graduation will be held on June 18. The school committee meeting will be held at 6:30 on June 17.
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