Friday, December 5, 2008
RSC shorts, November 25
• MSBA update. Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Superintendent Diana Rigby recently attended a presentation by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and learned that Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) is one of 38 schools whose building project aid applications have been placed in the “Hold” category. She told the Regional School Committee (RSC) at their November 25 meeting that MSBA Executive Director Katherine Craven has indicated these schools will be the first to be seen when a group from the MSBA visits the 222 schools that submitted Statements of Interest (SOI) before the November 15 deadline this fall. A year ago, MSBA had received over 400 SOIs. Of those, 138 proposals were not resubmitted this year.
The MSBA is advocating the reuse of cost-effective school designs based on existing“model” school buildings. The MSBA has chosen two model schools and is considering adding another eight, which include: Dracut, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional, Longmeadow, Natick, Plymouth North, Tewksbury and Wayland high schools.
• Student Advisory Council comments. Carlisle Senior Blair Robinson of the Student Advisory Council told the RSC that the CCHS dance the previous Saturday night “was very successful. It went very smoothly.” She explained that the week of Thanksgiving was “Spirit Week” with a different theme every day. “I have seen a lot of school unity.”
Robinson told the RSC there are two new clubs. One is “A Cappella” and is directed by Chorus Director Deborah Smithy who also conducts the choruses and choirs at the high school. The second new club is “Gelato,” whose mission is to learn about Italian culture. The club will conduct cooking sessions and also takes trips to the North End in Boston.
“Challenge Days” will be December 1 – 3. Challenge Days are part of the “Be the Change” Program. The program focuses on confronting and resolving issues based upon discrimination, prejudice, stress, violence, drugs and alcohol. Robinson said “The program is for bonding, breaking down barriers and making sure everyone feels accepted.” She invited all RSC members to come and volunteer for these days. Several will be taking her up on her offer. ∆
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