Friday, September 14, 2007
Shorts from the RSC, Sept. 11
• MSBA update. At the September 11 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC), Superintendent Brenda Finn said that an engineer and an architect from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) are scheduled to visit the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) on September 18. They will review the school's Statement of Interest (SOI) application for school construction reimbursement and tour the campus.
RSC member Jerry Wedge reported on an informal conversation with Katherine Craven, director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority. She said some schools had been withdrawing their Statements of Interest because their towns were so fiscally restrained they did not believe their townspeople could support a school building project this year. "Stoughton took away five or six projects."
• NEASC visit. On September 19, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) will visit CCHS to review the two-year progress made on the NEASC recommendations made when they last renewed accreditation of the high school. Their report is scheduled to be reviewed at the next RSC meeting on September 25.
• Enrollment. The preliminary CCHS enrollment figure is 1262. Last year's enrollment was 1264.
• Driving lesson cost hike. The RSC approved a contract with the Christo Driving School of Marlborough, effective this September through June, 2008 with a second year renewal option for 2008-2009. The new base fee for driving school will be $700.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles has changed requirements and is increasing the "behind the wheel" portion of the training from six to twelve hours.
Director of Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Court Booth said he had solicited over 20 driving schools in the area for this contract, but only two schools submitted bids. Extra instruction will cost $50 per hour, and the fee to accompany a student to the Registry Road Test is $75.
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