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Friday, April 20, 2007


Shorts from the RSC, April 10

· CCHS modular buildings. A bidder has been selected for the modular building project, split into two parts: Section A to utilize funding from the FY07 high school budget, as well as Section B, to use FY08 funding.

Director of Operations and Finance John Flaherty said in late March three vendors submitted proposals for the CCHS modular buildings. Williams Scotsman, Inc. submitted a price proposal for Section A, which includes utilities and site prep work, design and layout and one office modular, of $202,247. They gave a price proposal for Section B, one double-wide classroom modular, for $163,635. The total price proposal from Williams Scotsman was $365,882.

Vanguard Modular Building Systems submitted a price proposal of $208,834 for Section A and $158,601 for Section B. The total price proposal was $367,435.

Williams Scotsman submitted the best-ranked proposal and has been awarded the contract for Section A, which is funded under the FY07 debt exclusion for the region. Section B will be awarded to Williams Scotsman contingent on the availability of funding.

· Concord Education Fund grants. Roughly $32,000 has been awarded in grants for the high school:

Grants will fund the following:

· $7,500 for the Teen Buddy Program where high school students mentor elementary students to improve self-confidence, attitude, relationships and school performance;

· $878 for theater support for professionally produced videos and supplies to expose CCHS drama students to a greater level of detail in theater practices;

· $3,000 for a Senior Project Discretionary Fund will supply financial aid to help offset students expenses;

· $4,809 for new cardiovascular exercise equipment for the CCHS Fitness Center;

· New tools for the CCHS Wood Shop to be used in the new CP Physics Program and the Science Olympiad;

· $2,850 for materials needed by the CCHS Photography Department to teach 19th Century Wet Plate Process to advanced students;

· $2675 for a new, portable UV-Visible Spectrometer to be used in the biology, chemistry and forensic curriculum at all levels at CCHS;

· $1171 for CPR and AED Training for 30 CCHS staff and coaches in the 2007-2008 school year;

· $2500 for a 10-day study tour of Ghana through Primary Source for CCHS English Teacher Kate Richmond and $2500 for a research expedition to Iceland to study glaciers through the Earthwatch Program for CCHS Science Teacher Sandra Haupt.

· Changing of the guard. RSC member Betsy Bilodeau was thanked for six years of service. RSC member Michael Fitzgerald said, "Betsy has been around for some tough decisions, stood by them and never shied away from things that needed to be doneWe appreciate all the hard work you've done." Bilodeau's seat on the RSC will be filled with Fabian Fondriest.

· Field trip policy to be revised. Another layer has been added to getting field trips approved as there have been a number of complaints about the cost of trips. The new policy will include the need for principal approval for any trip over $100. There is discussion that all overnight trips must be approved by the superintendent. RSC member Becky Shannon said, "There's a need for flexibility and awareness. There needs to be some control over the number of trips that the school is planningTrips keep getting more expensive." RSC member Michael Fitzgerald said, "[The topic] warrants further scrutiny."

· Maynard interested in joining Region. Finn received a letter from Mark Masterson about the possibility of the Town of Maynard regionalizing with Concord and Carlisle at the high school level. Finn said she would convene a small group to discuss this.

· New principal. Newly appointed CCHS Principal Peter Badalament was present and said, "I am very happy." He will be in Concord working for several days with Art Dulong so the transition goes well.

Finn recognized the Principal Search Committee for all the time and hard work they put in. The large committee was formed in January after Principal Art Dulong announced his retirement. "The committee worked very hard," said Finn, to get the pool of applicants down to four semi-finalists and then two finalists. Finn also thanked Human Resource Administrator Kelly McCausland for her efforts in the search. McCausland provided an outline, a timeline and a comprehensive plan to keep the committee on track.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito