The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 13, 2009

CCHS eyes future if state building aid delayed again

Concord Carlisle School Superintendent Diana Rigby spoke about high school building plans at her monthly Friday tea on March 6, and Jerry Wedge of the Regional School Committee (RSC) addressed the Selectmen Tuesday on the same subject. After multiple submissions to the Massachusetts School Building Association (MSBA), hope is dwindling that Concord-Carlisle ...more

Carlisle School consultant to study merger plan

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) announced it is requesting bids for a consultant to assist in the investigation of the proposed administrative consolidation with the Concord and Concord-Carlisle Public School system. The CSC is looking at forming a Superintendency Union with Concord in order to share administrative personnel with both the Concord and the ...more

$800,000 sought to fix Gleason

At the March 3 meeting of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) the Trustees of the Gleason Public Library requested Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to repair water damage in the historic 113-year-old library building. Last year, at the request of the library trustees, the CPC recommended and Town Meeting ...more

Finance Committee learns of state-owned land revaluations, Minuteman assessment change

State payment “in lieu of taxes.” At their March 2 meeting FinCom learned from Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie that Mass. Department of Revenue has been sending to other towns appraisers assigned to re-value state-owned properties. The result has been lower valuations for state-owned land in those towns, ...more

CCHS Superintendent Rigby shares observations on consolidation, technology

Diana Rigby, who serves as Superintendent of both the Concord and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Districts, spoke about school consolidation plans at her monthly Friday tea on March 6. Rigby said she is not surprised that Carlisle is investigating the possibility of a superintendency union with Concord for grades pre-K to 8. “In good economic times people ...more

New trash contract offers lower rates

Seven years ago Carlisle’s solid waste disposal charges, at $145 per ton, were among the highest in the country. Today’s fees are half as high and will stay below $75 per ton into 2015, if Town Meeting approves a new six-year contract with Wheelabrator North Andover Inc. The town annually delivers about 1,900 tons to the incinerator, which burns trash to ...more

Abatement requests up 70%

“It’s going to be a busy year,” said Jim Marchant, Chairman of the Carlisle Board of Assessors (BOA). Requests for abatements, or reconsideration of the assessed value of a property, are up 70% over last year. The board will be meeting over the next weeks to review each request and determine if any errors were made in assessing particular properties. ...more

School to start early next September

Families planning end-of-summer vacations might take note that the Carlisle and Concord Public Schools are opening before Labor Day weekend next September. Carlisle will begin on September 2 and Concord-Carlisle High School will start on September 3. Labor Day is on September 7. Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle presented the 2009-2010 school calendar ...more

Fourth graders challenged by Math Depot

The Carlisle School fourth-grade team described an innovative math program to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) at the March 4 meeting. Presenters included Special Educator Connie McGrath along with fourth-grade teachers Liz Gray, Ken Ashe and Jason Naroff. Gray explained that fourth-grade teacher Emily King was too near her due date to attend. ...more

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 ...more

Planning Board to FinCom: Ouch

Using the fact that the number of Building Permits issued for new home construction has been substantially down because of the economy, the Finance Committee (FinCom) has suggested a 10% cut in the Planning Board budget for fiscal year 2010 (FY10). The board’s budget was also reduced in FY08 and FY09. Chair Greg Peterson, along with board treasurer Marc Lamere, ...more


Last week’s article “FinCom avoids override” included an error regarding the purpose of a $75,000 planned transfer to the town’s Stabilization Fund. The transfer is being made to offset last year’s payment for a court settlement. ...more

Looking for wind turbines?

At the February 23 Planning Board Hearing one of the board members, Carol Nathan, requested a list of opportunities to visit and listen to wind turbines. Below is a partial list of sites. Not to worry about trespassing – these sites have been selected for public access. ...more

Board of Health agenda for March 17

7:30 General business ...more

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