The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 27, 2003


Carlisle Public School will end fiscal year on budget

School Business Manager Steve Moore told the Carlisle School Committee that the school expects to finish the fiscal year on budget, despite significant fiscal challenges. Since January, he reported, the school's conservative approach to spending, preparing for worst-case situations, seems to have been successful. "The final expenditure of $7,216,014 remains as budgeted for FY03 because obligations could be met within departments," said Moore.

There was a benefit from SPED placements, savings from the transition of business managers (Eileen Riley left the school in September; Moore started in January.), savings from unexpended substitute salaries, and the hirings of faculty at salaries lower than the budget amount. Text purchases, the guidance department, food service, student activities and maintenance required additional expenditures but were able to be covered because of surpluses in other areas of the budget. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said, "My approach to requests was to say, 'No!' " committee member Michael Fitzgerald commented, "The ability to maneuver within accounts to stay within the budget is a very difficult job. It was handled well."

New funds from

No Child Left Behind Act

The Carlisle Public School is entitled to Title I money. "Carlisle is entitled to receive $47,701 as part of the No Child Left Behind Act,"said Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. She went on to say that the decision to receive the money "ties us into a lot of paperwork but also gives us money to supplement the budget. There will have to be an annual report and ways of showing adequate yearly progress to the state. Each subgroup in the school community must show yearly progress or the school is declared a failure."

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito