The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 7, 2004


FinCom recommends change in CCHS assessment

Chair Lisa Jensen-Fellows and member Deb Belanger of the Finance Committee (FinCom) appeared before the Board of Selectmen on April 27 to discuss a question about the assessment ratio for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District.

In Carlisle and Concord children of nonresident teachers are allowed to attend local schools, as space permits. In recent years, nonresident Concord teachers have sent approximately four students to the high school for every one child of nonresident Carlisle teachers. However, when calculating the assessment ratio for the high school, all nonresident children of teachers are split equally between the two towns. This means that Carlisle shoulders a disproportionate share of the financial burden of these students.

Given the relative size of the two towns, it is likely that this imbalance will continue. The Carlisle FinCom would like the children of teachers in both towns to be assigned to the town where their parent teaches when calculating the assessment ratio. The Selectmen agreed and, without voting, told Jensen-Fellows to send a letter recommending the assessment change to Mike Fitzgerald, chair of the Regional School Committee.

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