The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 24, 2006


Monday night's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on the Coventry Woods 40B application marked "the culmination of the evidence-gathering stage and the beginning of the deliberation stages" for the proposed 41-unit development on 21 acres off of Concord Street, according to ZBA attorney Dan Hill. Unlike earlier meetings where tempers flared, voices ...more

Recommendations for class sizes and middle school schedule for the 2007 — 2008 school year were presented at the November 15 Carlisle School Committee meeting. Due to a drop in recommended sections in the eighth grade, the average class size would grow to 27, a high number for Carlisle School. Principal Paul Graseck, who has been meeting with the Middle ...more

Carlisle's Board of Selectmen has agreed on a new three-year contract for Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, retroactively effective as of October 1 when her old contract expired. Board Chair Doug Stevenson explained that because contract negotiations were not finished in September, the Selectmen had extended her previous contract for two months through ...more

Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie spoke recently with the Mosquito about her job and looked back on accomplishments and changes she has seen since she became Carlisle's Town Administrator six years ago. The volunteer Board of Selectmen are the executive arm of town government. They are aided by McKenzie and Executive Administrative Assistant Margaret deMare. ...more

The Reverend Tim Jensen of the Town Common Committee (TCC) appeared before the Selectmen on November 14 to answer questions and agree on the next steps in implementing the plan for upgrading the Common. He also defended the committee's decision to go in the direction of "maintaining the current look and feel." ...more

At the November 14 Selectmen's meeting, John Ballantine gave an update on the status of the Affordable Housing Plan now that the Benfield Article at Town Meeting has passed. The state approval in 2005 of the Carlisle Affordable Housing Plan gave the town a respite from Chapter 40B as long as 12 to 13 units of affordable housing are added each year. Chapter ...more

Carlisle has received notification that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has issued the town a lump sum amount of $100,747. The aid is to pay the debt service on the Robbins School repairs authorized by Town Meeting in 1999. These repai=rs included the replacement of two rooftop heating ventilation units and two related Air Quality (IAQ) ...more

In an informal setting in the Corey Dining Room on November 16 approximately 50 parents met with Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and other administrators to converse about school safety. Also attending was Carlisle Police Chief John Sullivan and Sergeant Scott Barnes. The meeting, run by the Carlisle School Association (CSA), was a forum to update ...more

Carlisle has a new police cruiser and it has a brand new look — black and gold lettering replaces the current blue and gold and the side panel not only proclaims it to be #8 in the police department fleet, but says" Community policing." The black and gold decoration against a white background also identifies the police department as a member ...more

Playground volunteer information. As a new security measure, all non-school staff workers (contractors, repair persons) who do not have CORI criminal background checks will be supervised while on school grounds. Instructions on how to volunteer for recess and lunch are now available all the time, Carlisle Elementary School Principal Patrice ...more

Praise was given to new Carlisle School Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman at the November 15 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting for presenting a preliminary budget so early in the planning process. Attending the presentation was Finance Committee (FinCom) Vice Chair David Trask. During the discussion of a possible override vote he commented that there ...more

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