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Friday, April 11, 2008

Carlisle School saves teacher positions

Four teaching positions that were slated to be cut next year due to funding limitations have been reinstated. Positions restored in FY09 include: a technology integration specialist, a sixth-grade teacher, a language arts coordinator and a world language teacher, Superintendent Marie Doyle announced at the April 2 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting. However, a library aide’s hours will be reduced and other aide positions were not funded. “We regret we are losing some wonderful aides,” said Doyle.

CSC Chair Nicole Burkel thanked the Carlisle Teachers Association (CTA) for their generous offer of reducing funds for professional training and curriculum planning to aid in retaining teachers for the next school year. She said that after reviewing the budget they were able to restore four teaching positions without using the CTA offer. Doyle said they were “extremely proud of the teachers” in their offer to help.

Four budget adjustments allowed the reinstatements: the Selectmen agreed to provide an additional $125,000 for the FY09 school operating budget ($80,000 in long-term capital funds and $45,000 in a transfer from free cash); lower projected out-of-district tuition costs; and savings in one specific out-of-district placement. The original out-of-district FY09 costs were estimated to rise by 5%, but Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman said she now expects the increases to be smaller. ∆

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