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Friday, May 29, 2009

CSC consultants to present superintendency union findings

Following Town Election the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) membership remained unchanged. At their May 20 meeting, they voted Chad Koski to continue as chair and Wendell Sykes as vice chair. Claire Wilcox will continue as recording secretary for the CSC and Susan Pray was made temporary school treasurer. The CSC members indicated that they would continue with the same sub-committee assignments including: Louis Salemy and Dale Ryder on the Regional School Committee; Sykes on the Long Term Capital Committee; Ryder on the Strategic Planning Committee; and Bill Fink on the School Building Committee.

Presentation on June 10

Salemy announced a meeting on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium to hear the NESDEC consultant’s financial report on the proposed Concord-Carlisle Superintendency Union. Though the report was due by the end of April, “The head guy was on vacation and that slowed things down,” Koski said. The report covers the first phase of the investigation, which is to ascertain if potential savings will warrant further work on a superintendency union. The analysis includes the financial impacts over the next five years. The first phase was expected to cost $5,000 in consulting fees.

The second phase, which will also cost $5,000, is an educational impact evaluation of the merger and will be done only if the first phase results in a positive review of the financial savings. Previously, the CSC expected to vote on the merger proposal by the end of June, but no update has been received on when they now plan to vote on the proposal.

Grant money training

Director of Student Services Karen Slack, along with Superintendent Marie Doyle, attended an informational meeting with the Department of Education to understand spending requirements for the $83,169 that Carlisle School received through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Doyle explained the funds must be used in the area of special needs and can be applied to activities such as staff development. She said the school can expect to receive similar funds in FY11 and FY12.

K-1 enrollment

In other School Committee business, Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley reported that kindergarten screening is underway. Approximately 58 students are expected to attend kindergarten next fall, to be divided among three sections.

First grade registration is at 59 students, but enrollment can be expected to rise by up to 10 students due to children moving in during the summer, explained Doyle. Last fall there were 57 enrolled in kindergarten and 80 in first grade, taught by three kindergarten teachers and four first-grade teachers, respectively. The administration had planned to move a teacher to kindergarten and reduce the number of first grade classes next fall, but anticipating a rise in first grade attendance, they decided to keep the current structure.

Faculty children

Kindergarten teacher Suzanne Comeau and Special Educator Tracy Malone were granted permission to have their daughters attend kindergarten in Carlisle this fall. “I think it really benefits us to have staff children attend,” said Doyle. “It’s also a nice perk for teachers,” added Salemy.

Elementary art clubs

New this year for students in grades 1 to 5, were two after-school elementary art programs. “They were a great success,” said elementary art teacher Rachel Levy. The classes, or “clubs,” focused on special projects, including Japanese fish printing, plaster animal masks, and works inspired by Escher or Van Gogh. ∆

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