The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 28, 2003


Public's input sought for Concord-Carlisle community education

Carlisle residents are invited to the Tuesday, March 11 meeting of the Community Education Advisory Committee, at 5:15 p.m. in the Spalding Conference Room. This open meeting will focus on Carlisle-Concord connections and community education, with a conversation about how the regional school district's Adult & Community Education program can best serve the two communities. Carlisle and Concord joined forces in 1957 to regionalize their high school. Three years earlier continuing education classes were re-established in the evenings for adults in local schools.

Today, Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education provides lifelong learning programs year-round, in some 20 locations in the two towns. Most activity takes place at CCHS on weeknights, with some 500 courses and education events available annually. The school district funds a portion of the cost for the director and a secretary, and 100% of the course activity is self-funded with modest course fees. Originally for adults, one-quarter of this year's course participants are children and teens, representing the continuing shift toward fee-based, extended-day programming for K-12 students.

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by director Court Booth. A community conversation will follow, with a special focus on Carlisle: how can community education fulfill its potential for residents of both communities? Where should partnerships be created, or strengthened? What needs might community education help Carlisle address? Ideas and opinions about these questions will inform the advisory committee, and in turn the school committee, and will be reflected in the planning for future community education activities.

These monthly meetings are always public, and opinion and advice is always valued. Advisory committee members include Haldeman and four other Concord residents: Nancy Beecher, Edie Lipinski, Dave Prifti and Lucy Saxenian. The two Carlisle representatives are Jean Ford-Webb and Jim Saltonstall. A third Carlisle seat is currently vacant. The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. and will conclude by 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Persons unable to attend are urged to share their opinions by mail or e-mail, or directly to any advisory committee member.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito