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Friday, September 12, 2008

Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, September 3

New school year. Opening day at Carlisle School went smoothly, Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley told the Carlisle School Committee. The current enrollment is 728 students, down 49 from last year (see table.)

School Committee Goals. The school committee announced five goals for 2008 – 2009:

1. Hire an Owners Project Manager for the school building project, and secure town funds for the design work.

2. Institute a formal transition process from Carlisle’s eighth grade to Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS).

3. Develop a three-year budget.

4. Negotiate a new teachers’ contract. The current three-year contract ends June 30, 2009.

5. Hold group meetings based on the recommendations of school management consultant John Littleford.


Elementary School Principal Patrice Hurley greets students on the first day of school. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

Transition to CCHS. CSC member Louis Salemy suggested that formalizing the eighth grade transition process would add “accountability.” Salemy is a CSC representative on the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). He thought the teachers were doing a good job, but that there is always room for improvement. He suggested the CCHS teachers review the preparation of Carlisle’s eighth-grade class.

Superintendent Marie Doyle complimented the Carlisle teachers for aligning the curriculum within the Carlisle School and said, “The larger goal is to align the curriculum with Concord and CCHS.” She agreed a formal process would be valuable.

CSC Chair Chad Koski said he was not sure about accountability, but that preparing the students for the high school “boils down to communication.” In the past, he said, meetings have been held at the Carlisle School between the high school teachers, students, and the eighth grade teachers. The RSC meeting is held in Carlisle twice a year, he noted, with the first being on October 4.

Teacher promotions. Three Carlisle teachers have received professional teacher status (formerly called “tenure”), announced Doyle. The three teachers and their 2008 – 2009 assignments are: Spanish teacher Andrea Sedden, Occupational Therapist April Colson, and elementary art teacher Rachel Levy.

Although professional teacher status can be awarded after one year, it is traditionally assigned after three years of service. A teacher who has professional status is a permanent member of the teaching staff. Teachers who have not received professional teacher status are notified by June 14 whether they will continue at the school for the following year.

District Goals. The CSC voted to accept the 2008 – 2009 Carlisle School District Goals proposed by the superintendent. The goals can be viewed at

School Council. The CSC voted the yearly reauthorization of the School Council, as mandated by law. The council is led by a school principal along with a co-chair, while other council members include parents, teachers, and community representatives. A primary task of the school council is to annually develop a school improvement plan. The Carlisle School Association will hold elections for the parent representatives, the number of which must match the number of teacher representatives. Community representatives may be appointed and may be no more than half the total number of members.

Other votes. The CSC voted to allow a staff member’s eighth grade child to attend Carlisle School. The CSC accepted a gift of two electronic whiteboards given by Holly and Louis Salemy. The Carlisle Education Foundation donated four boards, which were installed the week before school began.

The CSC adjourned to executive session without intention to return to public session to discuss contract negotiations. ∆

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