Friday, February 11, 2005
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, February 2
• DARE funds needed. Superintendent Marie Doyle reported the cost of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program would be roughly $4,000 to $5,000. So far $2,000 has been raised through donations, and she is hoping more donations will be received.
• FinCom tour. A member of the Finance Committee toured the Carlisle School facility, Doyle said, and was supportive of the school's need to provide more space for classrooms and offices. The Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee is also supportive of the idea of modular classrooms, and has requested more detail on how the classrooms will be used.
• Wastewater treatment plant. Committee member Christy Barbee reported the School Building Committee "is still on schedule to make the May Town Meeting" for the wastewater treatment plant. The School Building Committee met with the Carlisle Planning Board to discuss the new building site on the Banta-Davis Land. "They were tentatively pleased. The new site saves money because there's lots of room for staging," Barbee said. Official approval, however, has not yet been received from the Planning Board because the building committee needs the actual drawings and grading plans, Barbee explained. Requests for bids will go out at the end of February, and construction is planned to begin during the summer.
• Systems Thinking overview. Alan Ticotsky and Carlisle eighth-grade math teacher Rob Quaden, both Systems Thinking mentors, gave a short history of the Systems Thinking program at the Carlisle School. Funding for the program, to be eliminated in FY05-06, had been through a grant from the Waters Foundation Project. The teachers encouraged the school committee to include the program in the current budget plan. "We are grateful, but we've been thinking that kids do receive added value; the value to the school is significant," said Quaden, requesting the committee do what they can to sustain the program.
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