Friday, March 11, 2005
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, March 2
· DARE funds. Approximately $3,200 has been raised in donations for the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, reported Carlisle School Business Manager Steven Moore. The fund needs roughly $1,500 more, and the school hopes for more donations.
·Everyone read. In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2, the students and staff participated in a school-wide reading session called DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). The eighth-graders read to the first-graders, and all students were encouraged to bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss book or other material, for the reading session.
·Wastewater treatment plant. Moore reported the Banta-Davis site for the wastewater treatment plant has received approval from the Board of Selectmen. He expects the project will go out to bid on April 28. The bid documents will be available on March 24. "I'd like to see them to be sure I've done everything right," said committee member Christy Barbee. "Any idea on how the costs come in?" asked committee member Michael Fitzgerald. "It will be amazing if it comes in any less," answered Moore. "The costs keep going up. We've done everything we could to make the project cost less. It could come in less." "But not much less?" asked committee member David Dockterman. "We could be surprised," responded Moore. "I think we can still remain optimistic."
· Recreation Commission concerns? "Is everything smoothed over?" asked Fitzgerald, wondering if there was any reaction from the Recreation Commission on the use of the Banta-Davis site for the treatment plant. "Things are quiet," responded Barbee. If the cost of the construction doesn't show a substantial savings, "problems may come up with the Recreation Commission with the price when we go to Town Meeting," Moore said. Reflecting on what construction would have been like if the plant was started last fall he added, "It would have been a disaster to build in this winter."
The Recreation Commission is concerned about possible odors emanating from the treatment plant which will be located near the new tennis courts scheduled to be built at Banta-Davis this year.
· Request for architectural services. Moore has prepared a "Request for Proposal" document for the Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee. The proposal requests funds to have the school facilities evaluated from "a physical plant needs assessment perspective and from an educational project perspective...." The committee is hoping to use the result of the study as an improvement guideline for phasing-in renovations, new construction, and the purchase of modular classrooms.
· Budget meeting. The committee met with the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee on March 1. Three school budget levels are now being discussed. The first level is the "guideline" level, which does not require an override. The new sixth-grade model (six teachers, two teams) is now included in that guideline budget. The second and third levels, still being finalized, will require overrides. A request for a part-time technical/computer teacher has been removed from all budget levels.
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