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Friday, February 15, 2008


Consultant, Carlisle School work to address morale

One by one, consultant John Littleford interviewed three dozen members of the Carlisle School community in January. Littleford, hired by the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) last fall to address school morale and tension between the superintendent and teachers, listened to faculty members, staff, administrators, and the CSC to try to get a complete picture of the school environment.

The consultant followed up with a workshop for all participants in the school library the last Sunday in January. Since then, he has given verbal recommendations to the School Committee, according to Chair Nicole Burkel, with a written report to be available to all by the end of the school year.

In the meantime, four subcommittees are being set up to address the superintendent, School Committee, faculty, and the Carlisle Teachers' Association leadership. Each subcommittee has been given a list of recommendations and each will develop an action plan to follow.

Burkel said the School Committee worked with the consultant on an instruction packet that includes his recommendations and a common action plan format for all subcommittee participants to use. Each subcommittee will meet four times between now and the end of the school year to develop its plan. The separate committees will then get together to report to everyone involved in the workshop on their progress. The groups are expected to give a report to the entire faculty by the end of the school year.

Teachers participating in the workshop were selected by the Carlisle Teachers' Association leadership. Each subcommittee has two chairs and at least one administrator, one faculty member, and one school committee member.

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