The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 28, 2005


A town that is growing older could see 150 to 200 fewer students at the Carlisle School five to ten years from now. But if the town's new affordable housing plan is put into play, and more existing homes turn over to younger buyers, the school could stay within 5% of its present 815 students over the next decade. ...more

Reassessing MCAS:
What have we learned? What have we gained? What have we given up?

In 2000, after two rounds of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS exams, over 80% of teachers in the Concord schools and at Concord-Carlisle High School signed a petition opposing the controversial tests, which tenth graders must pass in order to receive high school diplomas. ...more

Last week Carlisle received a check from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) for $270,723, matching dollar-for-dollar money raised locally during FY05 under the Community Preservation Act (CPA) real-estate tax surcharge. The prospect of matching funds was an attraction for many when Carlisle voters adopted the 2% surcharge in 2001. To date we have ...more

The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Fitness Center is well on its way to becoming the premier hangout in town. The Concord Recreation Department is working very hard to have a variety of programs ready to roll upon its opening, currently scheduled for February. The center has four pools, a 25-yard by 25-meter lap pool, a 14-foot deep diving pool, a warm ...more

The Wireless Bylaw Committee (WBC) met with the Carlisle Board of Selectmen on October 25 to hear suggestions for their work revising the town's cell tower bylaw. Rich Boule, the Planning Board representative on the WBC, expects expenses will near $10,000 before their work is completed. This includes $7,500 to hire the Broadcast Signal Lab to review previous ...more

A dejected John Ballantine appeared before the Board of Selectmen at their October 25 meeting. Instead of submitting the two proposed Conservation Restrictions on the town-owned Benfield Land (ConsCom OKs Benfield CRs, October 21, 2005) for the Selectmen's approval, the drafts were put on hold due to the recent discovery of a Spotted Salamander on the property ...more

The Nor'easter this week set a record for the number of rain buckets in the elementary music room eight, according to Music Director Tom O'Halloran, and classes had to move out for the day. Roofing contractors at the school on Tuesday found wind-driven rain went through the brick face wall, traveling down the wall and onto the roof causing the leaks. Problems ...more

The Education Reform Act of 1993 was enacted in order to enhance the quality and accountability of all schools and to ensure that all students achieve high standards. The Act mandated: ...more

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. ...more

Free Cash. Free Cash was certified at $943,558. Included in this number is approximately $300,000 remaining in budgets at the end of the fiscal year. About $200,000 can be traced to lands coming out of Chapter 61. Although these were one-time spikes, they are the type of random windfalls that make up a sizable portion of Free Cash each year ...more

Housing lottery. Two affordable units at Laurel Hollow will be offered by lottery. Anyone who meets the income guidelines can apply. The Carlisle Housing Authority (CHA) is sending recommendations to the Board of Appeals that local preference be stipulated in conditions for future 40B comprehensive building permits. The Carlisle Housing Authority ...more

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