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Friday, May 1, 2009

Carlisle School Committee supports all Highland Warrant Articles

At its April 15 meeting, the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) examined the three Warrant Articles related to the future of the Highland Building.

The Highland Building has been vacant since 2007. In 2006, the CSC voted that Highland was no longer suitable for school use and therefore would not be considered part of the school’s Master Plan. In 2007 the CSC voted to retain control of the land under Highland, but requested that the Board of Selectmen (BOS) develop a recommendation for the future of the building. The Highland School Building study committee was formed, made a series of suggestions and, based on those suggestions, the BOS placed Articles 21, 22 and 23 on the Warrant.

The CSC voted unanimously to support Article 21, which would transfer control of the Highland Building to the Board of Selectmen. In a second unanimous vote, the CSC supported the section of Article 22 which would allocate $445,000 in CPA funds to preserve the Highland Building.

A longer discussion centered around Article 23, which would appropriate funds to demolish the Highland Building. CSC Chair Chad Koski noted that the CSC has been trying to determine what to do with the building for years and the committee unanimously supports transferring control of the building to the Selectmen. According to Koski, the CSC needs to support the Selectmen, “This is the Board of Selectmen’s method to deal with the situation.”

After some discussion about the historic nature of Highland, CSC member Bill Fink stated, “That building [Highland] is about establishing education as a priority in this town. I can’t vote to tear it down.” CSC member Dale Ryder added, “It doesn’t make sense to support the library and tear this down. They are the same vintage.” The committee voted 3-1-1 (Ryder no, Fink abstain) to support Article 23. ∆

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