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Friday, February 1, 2008


As part of the continuing series of FY09 budget hearings held by the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom), Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle presented two versions of the operating budget for the 2009 fiscal year, on January 23. The "level service" budget, which retains all current personnel and programs, totals $9,396,795, an increase of ...more

On January 23, a night when the Town Hall was filled to capacity with various committee meetings, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) had the pleasant task of beginning the selection process to provide grant support for one or more preservation, open space, recreation or housing projects. The CPC, which consists of one at-large member, and one representative ...more

The Highland Building Committee met on Wednesday night, January 23, to pursue its charge to "conduct a thorough study of all possible dispositions of the Highland Building" by gathering information from two sources that have been intimately involved with the building's use over the years. Wendell Sykes was present to give a summary of the School ...more

In a tight fiscal year the Finance Committee has asked town departments for no increase in next year's budget over the current year. On Monday night the Conservation Commission, Board of Health and Planning Board gave their budget proposals to FinCom, but not without concerns. ...more

According to Selectman Doug Stevenson, new guidelines issued by the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have eliminated long-term property restrictions that had been at odds with Carlisle's Affordable Accessory Apartment (AAA) bylaw, voted by Town Meeting in 2006. Previously, the DHCD wanted minimum commitments of 15 years for existing ...more

The Board of Selectmen discussed FY09 proposals for several components of the town operating budget, all of which will also be reviewed by the Finance Committee (see article above.) ...more

· Agricultural licenses. The Conservation Commission reviewed a draft agricultural license agreement for use with farmers growing crops on land under Commission control. Licenses are issued for a three-year period and all are up for renewal this year. The Commission has agreements for over half a dozen parcels. Conservation Administrator Sylvia ...more

State Senator Susan Fargo and State Representative Cory Atkins attended the January 22 Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting and answered a variety of questions. State aid was the predominant issue. Fargo said, "The costs of special education are mounting." Fitzgerald said, "It's a major issue for us. It has clearly stretched our budget, and ...more

This year the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) science department is offering a new elective class in forensics. The teacher, Dr. Mike Vela, came to the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on January 22 with several students for a live demonstration of what they are learning in class. ...more

At the January 16 Carlisle School Committee meeting, Literary Specialists Steve Bober and Sue Helenius-LaPorte gave an overview of their role at the school. "We both work with kids and teachers at multiple grade levels and many classrooms everyday," said LaPorte. "Sue's work as Literacy Specialist involves a great deal of 1:1 direct instruction ...more

An attempted burglary on East Street near the East and Maple Streets intersection on January 24 was foiled by an audible alarm that began to sound when the intruder forced the front door of the residence open. Inspector Booth of the Carlisle Police Department reports that nothing inside the house was disturbed. He states that no one was home at the time of ...more

· Benfield housing. The Housing Authority is on course for issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for the Benfield development soon. At their meeting January 24 it was noted that consultant Karen Sunnarborg is currently reviewing a draft of the document and once her comments are received, a public hearing will be scheduled to receive input from ...more

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