The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 10, 2003


Carlisle School enrollment down slightly

Carlisle Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson told the Carlisle School Committee that as of October 1, the date enrollments are officially recorded, there are 830 students at the school.

Last October 1 the school's enrollment was 847. The school continues to feel crowded, she explained, because the demand for the number of classrooms necessary for the distribution of the grades and curriculum offerings remains the same or has increased.

CSC Chair David Dockterman looking over the numbers said the distribution of the students at each grade level is "all over the place." For example, last year 66 students entered kindergarten and this year there are 76. In 2002, Grade 4 had 85 students and this year there are 109. Grade 7 had 102 students last year and this year there are 74. Also space continues to be needed for special education classes, the library, the languages, art classes and music programs.

Fox-Melanson continued that there is one CASE classroom on campus and the school is supervising two home- schooled children. She told the School Committee that it is difficult to calculate the numbers because one new neighborhood or one additional family in town can make a huge difference."We anticipate the number will grow," she said.

CCHS School Committee member Michael Fitzgerald added that the population at the high school remains flat.

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