Friday, April 18, 2003
Carlisle School reviews construction plans
At the April 8 Carlisle School Committee meeting, committee member Paul Morrison presented a report on the potential site for the waste water treatment facility on the Carlisle School campus. The Carlisle Public School spends $900 per month to pump the current septic system, which failed a Title 5 inspection in 1996. The plant is still part of the 1990s school link construction project and therefore still eligible for a state reimbursement of 60%. However, the reimbursement will expire if construction is not begun this calendar year, Morrison warned. The site, a slope near the Congregational Church, will require an access road used by trucks once a week. "What do we do next?" asked committee chair Suzanne Whitney Smith. Morrison said he was hoping to request funds at the Fall Town Meeting. He will ask for construction bids during the summer and hopes construction will begin in the fall.
Expansion of Carlisle Campus
The School Building Committee completed its feasibility study on the expansion needs of the Carlisle School, Morrison reported. Two sites, the Banta-Davis Land and the existing school campus, were examined. Recognizing a strong desire to keep all students on one site, the committee offered two expansion options on the current Carlisle School Campus. Both options relate to the status of the Highland Building: whether it would be moved and incorporated into a new library/media center, or torn down. Both plans use the land under the Highland Building for parking. "The Highland is an emotional issue," warned Morrison, "but square footage is at a premium." The areas of most pressing space needs, according to Morrison, were more parking and creation of safe outdoor play spaces. "We have so much open space and green space in Carlisle, but there's not much accessible to our students," said committee member David Dockterman. "It looks like it's shrinking," he added, referring to the plan to remove the Carlisle Castle and place an early childhood center on the site. Morrison pointed out the new outdoor play spaces, including a large "ball court" by the Corey Building, to keep the flying footballs away from the younger kids during recess times. "Small areas of grass would be churned to mud," he explained. Morrison explained the "feasibility stage" of the work was completed and the next step would be to ask the town for design funds, possibly at the Fall Town Meeting.
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