Friday, August 29, 2008
Carlisle School Committee shorts, August 19
• Committee training. Glenn Koocher of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) provided a short presentation outlining the roles and responsibilities of school committees and school administrators. Koocher stated that the role of the MASC is to help school committees work effectively and that his office is available at any time to provide advice to school committees.
• Educational Plan for Spalding. Superintendent Marie Doyle updated the committee on the status of the school building process. The school building committee has developed the educational plan which describes the specific intended uses of the new Spalding building. The committee is now waiting for Massachusetts School Building Association approval of the projected student enrollment numbers at which point the educational plan will be adjusted as needed.
• Budget. Carlisle School Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman is in the process of developing a three-year budget projection. Although the committee asked to see the projections as soon as possible, it agreed to postpone discussion of the budget until the October 1 meeting, allowing the school to focus on a smooth start to the academic year. Zimmerman is also gathering data on the level of school bus use in anticipation of the next bus transportation contract.
• District goals. Doyle outlined the educational goals which she stated, “are the guiding principles for all decisions made by the school committee, administrative team and staff.” The six goals are: to maximize student learning, to build a community of respect in a safe and healthy learning environment, to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, to create a comprehensive strategic plan, to integrate technology and to meet the space needs and manage the resources of the school.
• School Committee goals. Committee members felt that several areas needed to be studied further before goals were set. Before the next meeting, members will examine methods to improve communication to parents and community, study suggestions for cost savings outside of personnel costs and determine the best way to build on the suggestions provided by the consultant (Littlefield) who was hired last year. Goals will be formalized at the next meeting.
• Nichols Foundation grant. The committee voted unanimously to accept with gratitude, a grant of $4,000 from the Nichols Foundation. The donor requested that the grant be used to provide coffee pots and tea kettles for the teachers’ rooms and that the remainder be used at the discretion of the school. Doyle stated that the discretionary amount would be spent on school supplies. ∆
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