Friday, May 15, 2009
CSC accepts donations, reviews policies and programs
• DARE donation. At their meeting on May 6, the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) gratefully accepted an anonymous donation of $2,200 in support of the Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) program taught annually to students by the Carlisle Police Department.
• Tree planting proposal. Girl Scouts Lucy Hill and Leigh Bernstein and their leaders presented a plan to the CSC calling for the planting of “an indigenous and ornamental” tree on school grounds, funded by money their troop has raised. The School Committee accepted this donation, pending finding a location for it that will not be affected by new construction when the school building project commences.
• Fees approved. The CSC voted to support the fee schedule for 2009-2010. (For a list, see “Carlisle School Committee votes to lengthen kindergarten”, Mosquito, May 1.)
• “No” to School Choice. The CSC voted against joining the state School Choice program for 2009-2010. This reflects past practice and is due to space and budget restrictions.
• Homework Policy review: The Homework Policy, Doyle reported, has been modified and is now much shorter.The expectations for each grade level have been replaced by the statement that the homework guidelines will be set by grade-level teams each fall in consultation with the principals. The committee will vote on the new policy at their next meeting.
• Flu policy. Superintendent Marie Doyle reported that swine flu has been “downgraded,” and schools will no longer be required to close when a case appears.
• Kindergarten. There are 57 students so far in the upcoming kindergarten class, and the same number in Grade 1. There has been a good response to the changed kindergarten schedule; “Parents are delighted with the increase of three hours,” said Doyle.
• Business manager: The committee had a short discussion of the position of business manager and decided that a recommendation from the superintendent is needed to hire someone to fill this position. Doyle will come back to the next CSC meeting with proposals.
• Eighth grade team presentation: Eighth-grade teachers Rob Quaden (Mathematics), Mike Miller (Social Studies), Kathy Marsh (Science), Marcella Pixley (Language Arts) and Joan Beauchamp (Special Education) presented teaching strategies and reported on recent projects, including a unit on the holocaust.
• Writing certificates. Doyle presented eighth-grade winners of the regional and national Scholastic Writing Awards with a certificate of recognition. Silver medalists Abigail Chang and Elizabeth Sorrows and Gold Medalist Alyssa Merz read from their winning pieces.
• Administrators’ reports. The two Carlisle school principals reported the completion of the sixth-grade outdoor education and two assemblies with author Jack Gantos, who advised the students to begin keeping journals. Doyle noted that the band and choir recently performed at Symphony Hall.
• Executive session. CSC Chair Chad Koski adjourned the CSC’s public meeting at 9:43 p.m. “without return to public session,” so that the committee could go into executive session for “contract discussions.” ∆
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