Friday, May 14, 2004
New Carlisle School year begins Sept. 7
On May 3, the Carlisle School Committee voted to approve the 2004-2005 school calendar. The new school year, which assumes five snow days, will begin on the day after Labor day, September 7, 2004, and end on June 28, 2005.
This vote, however, was not without discussion. Several members of the faculty wanted to begin the year a week earlier, on September 1, so that school could end earlier in June. CSC Member Paul Morrison picked up on this wish and said, "It was important to send a message to the school that the teachers matter a lot. They have expressed a concern and their concerns are valid."
After listening, School Committee members regretted they could not accommodate those teachers' wishes. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson mentioned that in determining the calendar the school had honored the process of following a 185-day school year. The present calendar also matches that of Concord-Carlisle High School. CSC Member Suzanne Whitney Smith thought that it might be odd to have one day of school, the first of September, then four days off for Labor Day.
All agreed it will be important to begin the process of arranging the schedule earlier in the year.
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