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Friday, March 13, 2009

Carlisle School trims FY10 budget

In keeping with the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) goal of eliminating the need for a tax override, the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted to approve a FY10 budget of $9,007,421 at their March 4 meeting. The budget includes a modest $65,737 increase over the FY09 budget. “This is the second year of basically nothing” in a budget increase, noted School Committee member Louis Salemy. Next year’s school budget was not changed by the proposal to merge school administrative functions with Concord because the planned implementation is for the fall of 2010.

“This has been a very difficult year from a budget prospective,” noted CSC Chair Chad Koski. He thanked Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and her team for working to reduce the school budget. Doyle noted that the budget began with a request for $140,000 over the FY09 budget. The FY10 budget was trimmed through reducing or eliminating positions and in reduced energy costs. Carlisle School Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman noted that a drop in prices has lowered the estimated cost of gas heat by nearly half.

Building project update

CSC member Bill Fink reported that the School Building Committee is expecting to receive a letter from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) which revises the formula used to determine the total amount of square footage a school can have. The previous formula was based on new construction and was not applicable to the type of project Carlisle School is proposing. ∆

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