Friday, March 14, 2003
Shorts from the school committee
• Spring intramural fees raised. The fee for intramural sports will rise to $185 per sport for the spring season. "We are not covering the cost of the program with the current fee," committee chair Suzanne Whitney-Smith explained. "We can't authorize programs for the spring unless we have a plan in place for costs to be met." The current fee of $130 was low compared to other towns. Whitney-Smith said that for other area towns, "The range is $200-$300. We haven't raised our fee since 1993." There will be a $500 cap per family, and scholarship money will be available. Carlisle Principal Andy Goyer explained, "This is just for the spring sports." He said the task force will continue to study the situation and issue a report addressing the deficit. "Nobody likes this, we don't do it happily," said Fox-Melanson. The committee voted to accept the new fee.
• Eighth grade to NYC. Carlisle teacher Skip Avery requested permission to finalize plans for the eighth-grade trip. He reported the vast majority of parents surveyed preferred a trip to New York City over one to Portland, Maine, or an unspecified day trip. The preliminary itinerary includes visits to the American Museum of Natural History, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and seats for the Broadway performance of the Phantom of the Opera. Trip insurance was to be used, and a contingency plan is being created to switch the trip to
• Morgan Evans' design honored. Carlisle fourth-grader Morgan Evans' New Year's card design was chosen in a contest sponsored by state senator Susan Fargo. The senator was scheduled to make a presentation to Evans, who attended the March 4 meeting with her mother, Susan, teacher Deb O'Halloran, and art teacher Courtney Graham-Hadley. However, the senator did not show up. The next day Senator Fargo's representative, reached at the senator's office, explained that the senator has pneumonia, and was too ill to attend the meeting. The presentation was rescheduled for April 8th.
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