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Friday, June 22, 2007


Shorts from the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee, June 12

· MSBA inspection. Four members of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) toured Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) recently to look at the overcrowding the school detailed in its application for state building funds. Though the visit was on the first day of school without the graduating senior class, Principal Arthur Dulong led the group through school facilities and teacher offices that are currently doubled up.

Regional School Committee (RSC) Chair Michael Fitzgerald said the school has done a lot to bring the agency out to the school to see conditions. Members of the RSC and school administration have had numerous meetings with the MSBA, both before the Statement of Interest, the first step in applying for state reimbursement, and since the application was filed this year. By staying in contact with the agency the school is trying to "keep the project in front of them," Fitzgerald said.

There is no further word from the MSBA at this time, as school districts wait to hear if their building project is approved late this year. The group also visited the Willard Elementary School in Concord.

· School bus purchase. The RSC voted to approve a bus bid award for $81,000 to New England Transit Sales of Tyngsboro for a new Bluebird 81-passenger diesel rear-engine school bus. The school will trade in two older buses in the purchase. The school projects a ten-year replacement cycle for the bus. School Finance Director John Flaherty said diesel fuel technology has made significant emissions improvements in the last decade.

· Asbestos removal. The RSC approved a $75,000 bid to Air Quality Experts of Salem, New Hampshire to remove old asbestos tiles in the art department. The tiles will be replaced with new vinyl tiles. Work to remove the asbestos tiles will be done while students and staff are on vacation.

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