Friday, October 28, 2005
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee Oct. 19
• Wastewater treatment plant. There may be some disruption from loud rock hammering during construction of the wastewater treatment plant, said Carlisle School Business Manager Steven Moore, but the project is on time. "Turn it into a teachable moment," suggested School Committee member Christy Barbee.
• Superintendent Goals. Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle presented her "Goals for '05-'06 to the school committee. Her goal statement summarized her plan: "My goal is to help all children learn to the best of their abilities by providing a safe environment, developing structures and programs that support student learning, and providing teachers with rich staff development that empowers them to reach all children. She listed four goals: "1. Build a shared vision for Carlisle Public Schools with the School Committee, Administration, staff and community, 2. Facilitate communication and open dialog with the Administrative Team and Staff, 3. Lead implementation of key goals, 4. Lead efforts for adequate facilities."
• Initial budget discussion. Doyle ran through a list of budget items that will be included in the formation of next school year's budget. One item was to add one or possibly two languages to the elementary grades. Parents of elementary students were asked to indicate their first choice of languages (French, Spanish, or Chinese) on a survey. First choice was Spanish, with Chinese second. Another item Doyle plans on requesting is additional teacher aides to assist in early intervention. She pointed out that the salary for Liz Perry, the math specialist, is partly funded by a Title I grant. Most likely Carlisle will lose the grant, as will other schools in the area, requiring Perry's salary to be fully funded by the school budget. Other items to be added to the budget include a part-time technology aide (a position that is current paid by a grant from the Carlisle School Association), replacement of some middle school lockers, and increased energy costs.
• Senior Band Trip. The School Committee voted to allow Carlisle Music Teacher Tom O'Halloran to take the Senior Band to Hershey, Pennsylvania for four days in early May, 2006, to participate in the "Music in the Parks Festival."
• Technology Aide Grant. The School Committee voted to accept a $20,000 grant from the Carlisle School Association for the new Technology Aide. Blanche Wentworth, who was hired several weeks ago to work approximately twenty hours a week, will be assisting Technology Specialist Cyd McCann in areas such the classroom use of the portable computer labs.
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