Friday, March 26, 2004
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, March 17
• Baseball and softball schedules. The Carlisle Middle School spring baseball and softball games will start on April 19 and end June 3. Each team will have a 12-game schedule and practices four days a week.
• Carlisle College spring semester. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson told the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) Wednesday evening that the number of participants in the courses at Carlisle College has increased. Six courses each lasting five weeks have been offered by Carlisle College, the in-house professional development program for Carlisle School teachers. Courses include Cooperative Learning taught by teacher Jim Trierweiler and Superintendent Fox-Melanson, Topics in Elementary School Science taught by systems mentor Alan Ticotsky, and Inspiring Strategies and Challenges for Math Classes of all Ages taught by Middle School math teachers Liz Perry, Rob Quaden, and Susie Brinner. Teachers Steve Bober, Susan Fitzgerald, Gene Stamell, Jen Putnam and Ann James will teach Mentoring in Carlisle, and Technology Integration Specialist Cyd McCann will teach two courses, Introduction to Microsoft Office and Running with OS-X.
• Superintendent's report. Parent conferences have been held and report cards were sent home. Grade 2 held its Iditerod and a visitor came from the Concord Museum. The School's 69-member senior band performed at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Conference. Intramural gymnastics have begun, and Grade 6 held its Olympics. Saturday evening the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) and The Carlisle School Association (CSA) held a dinner dance fundraiser. Fox-Melanson said, " I commend all those who with style and grace worked so hard for the event. It was a lot of effort for the CSA and CEF," said School Committee member Michael Fitzgerald. "They did an exceptional job."
• Leave of absence. Fox-Melanson said that the school has removed a request for an override place-holder to increase next year's school budget on the Town Warrant. The lower salary of the replacement for grade 5 teacher Jennifer Putnam, who will be on leave of absence, will free up $25,000 needed for activities and intramural sports and maintenance projects for one year. When Putnam returns to teach the following year, additional funds will be needed to cover these expenses.
• New superintendent contract is signed. The contract with Marie Doyle, to be the Superintendent of the Carlisle Public School beginning academic year 2004-2005, was formally signed Wednesday evening, March 17. "The contract is very straightforward. Her salary of $119,000 is not much more that she receives as principal of the Bigelow Middle School school in Newton. It is reflective of the shift from an urban to suburban school," said David Dockterman, chair of the Carlisle School Committee.
• Next CSC meeting. The next School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 7.
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