Friday, January 28, 2005
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, January 19
• Savoyards get possible reprieve. After a meeting with the Savoyard Light Opera Company, Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle said the Carlisle School is tentatively inviting the theatre back for another season in the Corey Auditorium. "We are invested in sharing with the community," explained Doyle. However, the lack of storage space at the school and the need to use the stage in the auditorium as a classroom puts a strain on the staff. One area of concern is the storage of the first row of seats, which are moved during the week of performance to make room for the orchestra. "They will find an alternative to storing the seats?" asked School Committee member Michael Fitzgerald. If the chairs are moved in and out, it continues to "put school assets at risk," added Fitzgerald. "Point made," replied Doyle. The auditorium is a community resource, she continued, but the primary focus is the needs of the school. "Can they meet our needs?" wondered Doyle. The building-use fee will be reviewed as there may be a need for more custodian time. "The fee is relatively low," she concluded. Music teacher Tom O'Halloran will be the contact person, and will meet with the Savoyards monthly to discuss concerns as the next season progresses.
• D.A.R.E. officer found. Carlisle has been without a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) trained officer for some time now. The Lincoln Police Department has agreed to "lend" a D.A.R.E. officer to Carlisle to run classes for fifth graders. State funding is not available for D.A.R.E. as it has been in the past, pointed out Doyle. Carlisle Chief Galvin plans to have two officers trained by next year.
• P.E. department presentation. Carlisle physical education teachers Lynne Carmel, Phil LaPalme and Margaret Heigl, giving a P.E. program presentation to the school committee, requested the reinstatement of a 0.5 teaching position. Additionally they would like to explore the possibility of having a medical professional available for after-school sporting events. Noting there is just one drinking fountain in the gym, they see the need for making more water available to the students during P.E. classes and on the Spalding Field.
• FY06 budget. "It looks good to move forward," said School Business Manager Steve Moore of the FY06 school budget. What he needed was the bottom line so he could prepare the budget presentation to the Finance Committee. Although the school committee developed a guideline budget based on the FinCom's recommendation of a 2.7% increase, the committee feels it is not sufficient to maintain the same level of services as the current year. The committee will be recommending a "M.S.T.F." (Middle School Task Force) budget, which will support the new middle school structure for the extra-large sixth grade, as well as a request for a part-time technology aide. Moore wondered if both budgets should be presented at the FinCom meeting or just the M.S.T.F. budget. "You've been on both sides of the table," Moore said to Fitzgerald, "Can we do that?" "I've been on too many tables," responded Fitzgerald. After further discussion, the committee decided to present just the M.S.T.F. budget to the FinCom.
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