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Friday, January 23, 2009

Carlisle’s past Superintendency Union

The idea of forming a Superintendency Union with other school districts may be new to many, but it is not new to Carlisle. Years ago, the Carlisle School shared a superintendent and business management with the towns of Harvard, Stow and Bolton, but chose to leave the group in 1972. At that time the Carlisle School had an enrollment of 604 students and two principals responsible for grades K-4 and 5-8. The entry by the Carlisle School Committee in the town’s Annual Reports of 1972 and 1973 shed light on why Carlisle decided to end membership in Union #47.

Other member towns were considering organizational changes and Carlisle felt the Union was no longer cost effective. The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) explored “a variety of alternatives (including possible arrangements with Concord and other towns)” before deciding to assume the administrative tasks locally. “It is anticipated that the new arrangements will result in an overall reduction in the cost of administration.”

Planning process

“During the past year [1972], the Carlisle School Committee has devoted a major share of its attention to the reorganization of the administration of the Carlisle School…. In addition to the questions of organization, the School Committee has devoted substantial attention to the establishment of goals to guide the operation of the school system. During the summer the committee met with each principal individually for thorough discussions of the educational and behavioral objectives of the school.…”

“With the cooperation of the Carlisle School Association, a Goals Committee was established with broad citizen participation. This committee has produced a report which identifies the school priorities as viewed by the citizens of the Town. The School Committee is working with that report to identify specific actions in support of the identified goals.”

Change phased in

The transition process took awhile to complete. An Associate School Superintendent, Hugh Mill, was hired in January, 1973 and at the same time most business activities were transferred out of the Union. By August, when the state Board of Education officially accepted the realignment, Mill was promoted to Superintendent. Concord staff helped with bookkeeping during an interim period until January, 1974.“Carlisle has been able to assume responsibility for its own bookkeeping and general administration with an increase in efficiency, a decrease in costs, and a greater responsibility on the part of the administration for implementation of the budgetary process. “ ∆

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