Friday, June 30, 2006
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, June 21
• Awards. Three parents joined the ranks of the Carlisle School Volunteers Hall of Fame during the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting last Wednesday night. Parents Stephanie Smith, cheered for her "loyalty to the music department," Abha Singhal, honored as treasurer for the CSA and organizer of "Glimpses of India," and David Dockterman, applauded for nine year's service to the CSC, received gifts from Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and thanks from the CSC. Their names will be added to a plaque honoring volunteers.
• Student travel to China. During the superintendent's report Doyle said she envisions students traveling to China. "We are hoping to have a group of twelve eighth graders go next year." She later said that seventh graders might also be included in the group, and the students would stay with Chinese host families for a period of time.
• Curriculum development. The Carlisle faculty will spend a total of 226.5 "person days" participating in various curriculum-planning sessions and training classes this summer, according to a schedule presented at the School Committee meeting. Teachers will earn a $250 daily stipend for curriculum development this summer. Additionally, ten teachers will be attending a writing conference in August, Doyle reported.
The superintendent noted that expenses for the summer work will run slightly over budget, but said she expects that Title I funds may make up the deficit. At the time the FY07 school budget was prepared, it was not expected that Carlisle would receive any state grants under Title I. "Are you worried if it [Title I funding] doesn't come through?" CSC Chair Nicole Burkel asked. "Not really," replied Doyle, "I'll worry about it in the fall." Committee member Michael Fitzgerald commented, "I suggest you have a backup plan just in case."
• Citizens Comments policy. Briefly, Burkel considered banning audience questions from the "Citizens' Comments" period, traditionally the last item on the agenda of each CSC meeting, saying, "It is citizens' comments, not citizens' questions." She soon relented, however, but stressed, "it is not a time for a debate, and it must relate to the agenda items."
Burkel noted the CSC is "not responsible for the day-to-day operational issues" of the school. Parents who want "more of a voice" were encouraged to contact the Carlisle School Association (CSA), the principals, or the superintendent. She said people can contact her if they want a particular issue considered as an agenda item. Burkel plans to issue a schedule of meeting topics for the year, which she hopes will help people determine which meetings they may wish to attend.
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