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Friday, May 8, 2009

Article 12:

Carlisle approves share of $750,000 for CCHS capital improvements

Article 12 passed unanimously. This was a request from the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) for a $750,000 debt exclusion for the high school, of which Carlisle’s portion would be about $244,000. Concord had already approved the proposal on its Warrant and at Concord Town Election.

Louis Salemy of the RSC noted that of the total requested, $250,000 would be for maintenance, $250,000 for safety, and $250,000 set aside for a building planning study. The study would examine alternatives to a new school in case the Massachusetts School Building Committee (MSBA) does not come through with funding in the near term.

The maintenance funds will replace auditorium curtains, carpeting and furnishings, air conditioning compressors and lavatory partitions. Another $250,000 is required for fire alarm detection equipment to bring classrooms up to safety codes. The final $250,000 is for a planning study to assess the current structure, define educational needs, identify priorities and derive a phased plan for school building that can be supported by both towns without state funding.

“We’re not optimistic we will be accepted in the near future” by MSBA, said Salemy, who noted accreditation is suffering and special education outplacements are up due to an inadequate facility.

The Selectmen and Finance Committee unanimously supported the Article, with four of five members of Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee also in support. No questions were raised from the floor, and the article passed with a unanimous voice vote. ∆

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