Friday, October 14, 2005
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, Oct. 5
• Superintendent's coffee. Approximately eight parents attended the Superintendent's Coffee at the end of September, reported Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle. She hopes more will attend the next coffee, scheduled for November 4, at 9 a.m. in the Corey dining room.
• Music department donation. The board accepted a $100 donation from Carlisle eighth-grade student Caroline Howe, who raised the money during the summer.
• Pest management. An updated version of the Carlisle Public Schools Pest Management Policy is available for review. In general, "Pesticides and herbicides will be used only as a last resort, based on a review of all other available options," the report states. The maintenance workers can only use soap and water for cleaning, Doyle explained, noting that almost all chemicals are restricted. Carlisle School Committee Christy Barbee suggested the school find a way to keep the school community informed of changes in the EPA's pest management policies. "Inert chemicals can suddenly become dangerous," as products are reviewed and policies updated, Barbee pointed out. The state publishes a list of banned chemicals, noted Carlisle School Business Manager Steven Moore. Barbee also suggested the school's pest management policies be made available to parents. A brief discussion was held of a past mistake by a parent applying Roundup before an eighth-grade graduation.
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