Friday, November 3, 2006
Shorts from the CSC, October 18
· High pH and nitrates in wastewater. Carlisle Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman reported a "one-time event" regarding the new Wastewater Treatment facility. A report of high levels of nitrates and "effluent," she explained, was issued from Weston and Sampson, the company that monitors the Wastewater Treatment Facility.
David Flannery, Carlisle School Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, explained in an e-mail, "We learned of the high PH and nitrates upon reviewing a copy of the monthly report that is required to be filed with DEP by Weston and Sampson, our contract operator. In speaking with the operator about this matter, I was assured that the spike in these particular elements was due to the start up of the plant when school began in September and not from something that we may have done here at the facility (putting something down the drain). The operator also said that this was an isolated event and should not happen again.
The Town's contract with Weston and Sampson makes them responsible for any violations including the payment of any penalties if they are assessed.
· Contract for boiler replacement. Zimmerman announced the awarding of the boiler replacement contract to the lowest bidder, E. Amanti. Eight bids were received, ranging from $227,000 to $330,400. Although at first concerned because the $270,000 bid was $40,000 lower than the next lowest bid, she said she has constructed an acceptance letter with strict conditions that must be met, including types and brands of materials used. The company has accepted all restrictions.
The quoted cost is below the amount appropriated for the project, she added. CSC member Christy Barbee asked whether the construction workers could be CORI'd (Criminal Offender Record Information) to assure safety at the school. Zimmerman, explaining her past experience with this type of request, said a CORI requirement severely limits the choice of companies.
Doyle noted that the new school construction plan being discussed by the School Building Committee, in which the work would take place outside of the school near Corey Auditorium, is ideal since the workers should have no need to access the school buildings. If a worker, such as an electrician, needs access, said Zimmerman, that worker could be required to be CORI'd.
· New copiers. Through the Massachusetts state program, "Big Buy," Carlisle School will lease new copiers along with three years of maintenance, reported Zimmerman. Every spring the state holds an event called "Big Buy," in which all state agencies, including public schools, can purchase or lease technology or energy equipment for far less than if done individually.
· MCAS. Doyle said MCAS results have been received by the school. There will be a presentation at the next CSC meeting on Wednesday, November 1, regarding the results. She noted it was important to "keep perspective" on the results.
· Fox-Melanson grants. Carlisle School will be offered two Fox-Melanson Grants from the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF). Superintendent Marie Doyle made this preliminary announcement at the October 18 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting. A formal announcement will be made later, and the CSC will vote on whether to accept the grants at a later meeting.
The CEF raises funds to provide additional educational support for students, teachers, and staff at the Carlisle Public School. The Fox-Melanson Grant is targeted for professional development. Doyle thanked the CEF for their generosity. The first proposed grant would allow up to 12 teachers to attend a workshop given by Kathy Richardson, author/developer of "Assessing Math Concepts," in Waltham on November 13. The second grant would allow Middle School Principal Paul Graseck and three teachers, from K — 2, 3 — 5, and 6 — 8, to attend the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conference held in March, in Anaheim, California.
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