Friday, August 24, 2007
RSC declines regionalization with Maynard
At their meeting on August 9, the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) decided to "respectfully decline" the offer to regionalize at the high school level with Maynard.
Maynard High School has an enrollment of 350 students and CCHS is roughly at 1260 students currently. RSC member Michael Fitzgerald said the added students would put the high school population around 1,600. Regional District Superintendent Brenda Finn said the high school should see a decline of 100 students over the next five years. Fitzgerald pointed out that the feasibility study done last year had targeted 1,350 students. He wondered if we would have to re-evaluate the project. "Would we be getting a better school out of it? Would [regionalizing with Maynard] improve or enhance the program?" He added that Maynard had asked Acton-Boxborough to regionalize about eight years ago and A-B had rejected the offer.
RSC member Peter Fischelis felt arguments could be made either way. More students would allow for more breadth of courses; on the other hand, smaller is better. However, he added, having three towns in the region would add more complexity and it would be more difficult to get budgets passed. RSC member Jan McGinn said she worries about fiscal constraints and how hard it would be to get three towns to agree on an override. Overall, there did not seem to be any compelling reason to regionalize with Maynard.
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