Friday, June 11, 2004
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, June 2
• Teacher resignations. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson notified the School Committee that Karen Morse, a kindergarten teacher for five years, has submitted her resignation. First-grade teacher Amanda Clark has also submitted her resignation.
• Anderegg garden. The Carlisle Public School has received a check for $300 from the treasurer of the class of 2003 to refurbish the school garden planted in memory of Skip Anderegg, a town resident who died in 1989.
• Superintendent's report. The parents of pre-kindergarten have been offered the opportunity to meet with teachers and learn what can be done over the summer to prepare their child for school.
MCAS testing has been completed for the year. The expanded tests in math, language, science and social studies take about two weeks to finish. "It is a logistical adventure," said Fox-Melanson. "Most take about an hour, but untimed tests can take most of the day. Every bit of available space in the school is used especially if the child needs a single space or to be part of a smaller group."
• Wastewater treatment plant. "The new target date is July 1," said Steve Moore, School Business Manager. Moore is planning a final presentation on the wastewater treatment plant and discharge field to four town committees before the project goes out to bid. Issues to be addressed are slope erosion and water runoff on the roadway. CSC member Michael Fitzgerald commented, "Expediency is the order of the day. I can understand that the Board of Health requires oversight of the project but it needs to be done quickly." This project is officially behind schedule and is pushing the limit of funding agreements with the state, he said. For the past seven years the project, initiated in 1997, has been held up by litigation and a change to the wastewater treatment plant specifications. These changes have caused re-examinations of the order of conditions and plans and more town board hearings. "Who would have thought there would be so much bureaucracy?" exclaimed CSC member David Dockterman.
• School Committee meetings. Next year the Carlisle School Committee will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. The Spalding Conference Room, the current location of the meetings, will be used next year for other school uses, so the meetings will be held at a "to-be-determined" location.
• Non-contractual employees. The proposed reassignments of non-contractual employees for next year were announced. Four individuals provide administrative support as secretaries and assistants. The school has two permanent teacher substitutes. Eight individuals provide instructional, clerical and playground help. Except for the two substitutes, the salary range is from $13.22 to $19.20 per hour. The Special Education department has 19 non-contractual employees as aides and tutors. A second nurse has been hired on an hourly basis. One network manager has been rehired, as have the ten individuals for the custodial staff and six for the cafeteria.
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