The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 14, 2003


School has "grave concern" about FY05 budget

The Carlisle Finance Committee hearing for the Carlisle Public School is on January 14, chair of the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) David Dockterman told the School Committee members at their regular meeting on November 5. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said, "The early reports of the actual numbers represents a grave concern. With the very early budget projections, many cuts will have to be made." Dockterman replied that even though the base level budget is lean, it is too early to discuss cuts now.

Steven Moore, Carlisle School Business Manager, presented a "zero growth" budget to the School Committee. The total budget would be $7,641,494, an increase of $178,536 or 2.39% over this year's (FY04) budget. This would mean having no substantial enrollment increase for fiscal year 2005, no increases in special education demands, the continuation of the fees for sports, extracurricular activities and the bus services, and that all contractual obligations have been satisfied.

Moore also presented a "level services" budget of a 3.08% increase which would include adding the reading specialist, a curriculum coordinator, intramural sport stipends and activity stipends.

The school has additional goals not included in the two budgets. These would cover a response to the demands of the "No Child Left Behind" legislation and a program for MCAS remediation, the restoration of the Grade 5 Foreign Language and the Elementary School Health Programs, and the restoration of funds for the replacement of instructional technology. Funds are also needed for school infrastructure maintenance and teacher professional development opportunities.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito