The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 4, 2006


Concord-Carlisle High School receives $290,000

John Flaherty, Director of Finance and Operations for the Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools, reports that the Concord-Carlisle High School is receiving about $290,000 more from the state than was planned in the FY07 budget passed in the spring. The funds include increases in transportation, Chapter 70 Aid to Schools, and other smaller adjustments.

The assumptions for state aid put forward by the Regional School Committee (RSC) in the FY07 budget for CCHS were arrived at by rolling forward the amount of state aid received in FY06. The Carlisle Selectmen on July 25 noted this was a conservative approach, and an overage had been foreseen. Achieving more transparency into the funding of the high school will be a Carlisle Selectmen's goal for a Planning Day to be held September 21 between the financial managers of the two towns (Selectmen and FinComs).

Although the RSC has not yet voted, "we have discussed putting the amount into an existing stabilization fund," says Flaherty. He adds, "Just about every year we end up requesting a supplemental appropriation" such as the one this spring for special education and energy overruns. The stabilization fund is accessible through a vote of the Regional School Committee (RSC). The RSC will meet in "very early fall" to make a final decision, but "we're not thinking of increasing the operating budget (for FY07) with those funds."

The Carlisle Public School is receiving about $40,000 more than budgeted from the state. New Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman, who started this week, was not yet able to comment on plans for the funds.

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