The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 10, 2004

CCHS Principal thanks volunteers

To the Editor:

On behalf of all the teachers and staff at CCHS, I am sending a short note to say thank you to the many, many people who arranged and supported the luncheon/supper yesterday during the conference day. The food was delicious; the gift bags and teacher "survival kits" were very generous and greatly appreciated, and the opportunity to have a wonderful social event in the midst of the conference time was entirely positive.

I have said it many times because it is so true — the parents in this community are incredible in their support of the school. I hope you know your support of our efforts is truly appreciated. Your support is one of the key ingredients in the success of this school.

Arthur Dulong
Principal, Concord-Carlisle Regional High School

COA Flu Clinic much appreciated

To the Editor:

I was one of the 68 fortunate seniors who got their flu shots last Friday, December 3. The whole operation was well coordinated and planned and it only took me ten minutes. This would not have been possible without the good planning and coordination of Susan Evans and Liz Jewell at the Council on Aging, Linda Fantasia at the Board of Health, and the Emerson staff who participated. What is most remarkable is that the age limit was dropped from 75 to 65. Carlisle was not informed until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, and the Council on Aging reacted quickly enough to notify residents between 65 and 75 who otherwise would not have known they were eligible. Everyone who participated has earned a big round of applause.

Kathleen Coyle
Maple Street

Corey Auditorium is a community asset

To the Editor:

Until recently, it has been difficult to understand just exactly what were the specific reasons for the School Committee's decision to stop the use of the Corey Auditorium by the Savoyard Light Opera Company.

In the December 3 issue of the Mosquito, Superintendent Marie Doyle explained the issue in clear terms. She explained that, for some days during a three-week period of the school year, "the chairs, band instruments, and music stands must be put into storage and returned the next morning."

We now see the limit of the School Committee's commitment that they made (through their predecessors) when asking the town for additional construction funds for an auditorium that did not fit into the planned budget. In exchange for these funds they pledged to make the auditorium available for community use. That is, to make the auditorium a community asset, not just part of the school property.

Others have made the case of the benefits to the community as a whole from these live, local, musical performances by the Savoyards. These performances are but some examples of the uses dreamed of as available to the community if we built the auditorium.

It seems now that it is too much to ask that the students and/ or custodians make a little extra effort, at the beginning and end of 11 or 12 days during the year, so that the school's commitment to the town could be honored.

Perhaps Superintendent Doyle was not aware of the pledge made by former School Committees. I believe that it would be in the best long-term interest of the schools if the committee reviewed, and reversed, this latest policy change.

Ralph P. Anderson
Baldwin Road

Time to volunteer

To the Editor:

The Board of Selectmen needs your help. If you have ever thought about volunteering but were looking for something that had a limited time commitment, now is the time. The Selectmen are forming two committees with limited time frames.

The first need is the Greenough Task Force. The charge for this committee will be to determine the financial implications of options relating to the future of two structures on the Greenough Land (the cottage and the barn). The hope is to have this task force begin work January 1, 2005 and complete their charge by March 15, 2005. This will allow time for any recommendation(s) to be included on the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting in May. The Board would like to have at least three volunteers from the community. This committee will need individuals with expertise in construction, residential systems, engineering, development, and/or financial analysis. If you fall into one of these categories and can contribute some time over the next few months, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

The second need is the Technology Task Force. The charge for this committee has not been finalized. This group may be asked to inventory the current technology, review of projected needs, and provide short and long-term visions. It is hoped that this group will also complete the work in time to provide recommendations to the Selectmen prior to the Annual Town Meeting. This committee will need individuals with experience with small multiple location networks, security issues, and municipal government regulations/constraints. If you feel you can be of assistance in this area, please consider volunteering.

Anyone interested in volunteering your services on these committees should contact me at 1-978-371-6688.

Should you find yourself with knowledge in the Human Resource area and willing to commit to one meeting a month, we are still seeking two members for our Personnel Board.

Madonna McKenzie
Town Administrator

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito