Friday, April 25, 2008
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, April 16
• Evening band and chorus fees. The proposed $55 fee for evening band and chorus will cover the stipends for the teachers and the cost of sheet music, Superintendent Marie Doyle explained to the Carlisle School Committee on April 16. She estimates 110 students participate in band and chorus. Committee members Michael Fitzgerald and Chad Koski both felt students who are in both band and chorus should be required to pay twice, not once as proposed. The music department requested the fees be evaluated after a year to gauge the impact on the program. Further discussion is planned for May 7. No decision has been made on whether students who do not participate in evening band or chorus will be allowed to attend Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) events.
• Summer professional training. Various training opportunities for the coming summer are being developed, said Doyle. “Our priorities are math and assessment,” she explained later in an e-mail. Math Specialist Liz Perry has located a math expert who will train teachers in the K – 5 math program, Everyday Math. Recently the program was reviewed by the Math Curriculum Review Committee. Doyle noted the program may be difficult at first for new teachers.
Teachers are not required to attend courses during the summer, but are “encouraged to take advantage of the three days they are allowed, and paid for, by contract,” explained Doyle.
• Invitation to Fifth District Day. Doyle has been invited to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’ Fifth District Day on May 13 on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. Doyle said the event brings together “business leaders, politicians and some educational leaders to talk about the state of affairs and see what we need to be doing over the next few years.” She said she will be traveling down with State Representative Cory Atkins.
• Faculty children at CPS next year. Doyle said staff members Lynn Carmel, Marcella Pixley and Heidi Zimmerman have requested permission to have their children attend kindergarten. All the teachers are tenured, she added. Currently the kindergarten has 51 students enrolled for the fall, four potential students and one undecided. The optimal class size for kindergarten is 18 for the three kindergarten classes, Doyle said. The three new students, with the other possible students, would bring the class sizes to 19. The board will discuss and vote at the May 7 meeting.
• Extra CSC meeting. Committee Chair Nicole Burkel asked to have a meeting the week after the School Committee elections to assist in the transition. The meeting is set for May 14, the day after the Town Election. ∆
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