The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 5, 2009

Search for new Town Administrator gets underway

The Selectmen have begun the process to replace Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, who is retiring on September 30. The job which McKenzie held for nine years often put her into the center of high-visibility town projects, difficult budget discussions, and the shepherding of sensitive personnel issues. ...more

Details emerging on CCHS teacher layoffs

How will the recent Regional School Committee (RSC) plan to trim 4.75 full-time-equivalent (FTE) positions from the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) faculty affect the students? How many positions can be trimmed through attrition and how many teachers will be laid off? How will the course offerings be affected? Details were still being worked out ...more

Sports program flourishes at CCHS

“Participation on an athletic team is a rewarding experience which requires students to commit their time, energy and spirit,” said Athletic Director Barry Haley at the May 26 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). Haley shared his philosophy and goals for the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) sports program. ...more

Vets’ Honor Roll nears completion : Dedication planned with jet fly-by & cannon fire

The footings are in and the drainage looks good on the Town Common, where work on the new Veterans’ Honor Roll monument is moving along. The goal is to complete the monument in time for the grand Dedication Ceremony planned for June 28. VIPs have been invited, an honor guard has been arranged, and even a three-star general will be in attendance, with a possible ...more

Selectmen debate Quinn Bill cuts

The shrinking state coffers will affect the town budget for this year (ending on June 30), and will negatively impact Carlisle Police salaries. The state will only honor 91% of the funding allotted to the Quinn Bill, the state reimbursements made to towns to fund career incentives to police employees. ...more

Village Court “willing to consider” expansion

The under-utilization of the wastewater treatment plant at the Carlisle School may offer an opportunity for additional low-income housing at Village Court on Church Street. On Thursday, May 28, Joe March of Stamsky and McNary surveyors reported to members of Carlisle Elderly Housing Association (CEHA), owners of Village Court, and the Housing Authority and ...more

Selectmen follow up on Town Meeting initiatives

At its May 26 meeting, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen (BOS) conducted a debriefing of Town Meeting held earlier in the month and selected three issues for its upcoming meeting agendas: projected use of the Highland Building, establishment of wind-turbine guidelines, and review of the library renovation. ...more

Shorts from the May 26 Regional School Committee meeting

Regionalization with Maynard? At the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on May 26 Chair Jerry Wedge relayed a request from Maynard to be considered for inclusion in the regional school district. Maynard has been looking to build a new high school and the Massachusetts School Building Authority ...more

CCHS receives CCPA grants

Through the annual appeal, the Concord-Carlisle Parents Association (CCPA) raises money to supplement the classroom and extra-curricular activities at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS). The following are the recipients of the 17 approved spring grants, which totaled $20,760. ...more

Teacher marks dip on Carlisle’s NCLB report card

The number of core academic classes being taught by “highly qualified” teachers at Carlisle School dropped from 98.2% last year to 92.1% this year, a change that is temporary, according to Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle. She explained in an email, “Three of our part-time teachers are not certified in their specific areas at this time, but ...more

Carlisle School runs into high performance “catch-22”

The Carlisle School’s high marks on the MCAS test are both a source of pride and a concern, explained School Superintendent Marie Doyle at the May 20 meeting of the Carlisle School Committee (CSC). Under the Federal No Child Left Behind act (NCLB), if a school does not show improvement over a two year period, no matter how high performing the school is, the ...more

Carlisle School steers towards 6 buses: Dropping two routes would save $100,000

In a cost-saving move that has some parents concerned about where their child’s bus stop will be next fall, the Carlisle School is considering dropping the number of buses from eight to six for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Superintendent Marie Doyle held two round-table meetings for parents on May 27 to discuss the changes. In a follow up email on June ...more

ConsCom shorts, May 28

Towle and Benfield Field Mowing. The Conservation Commission approved agreements with Jack O’Connor of Church Street to mow Towle Field and the rear Benfield field during the 2009 season. The agreement for mowing Benfield two times is $903, while the agreement for Towle Field is $1,781. According to Conservation ...more

Board of Selectmen weigh financial challenges

Financial issues continue to spark major concern at the Carlisle Board of Selectman as evidenced once again at the meeting on Tuesday, May 26.  The board discussed how the decreased state funding will impact the already approved budget at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS). Selectmen speculated that future state aid cuts may affect partial ...more

Board of Selectmen shorts, May 26

Chair elected. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) selected Tim Hult as its new chairman (for his fourth time in the role) and John Williams as vice-chair for the next fiscal year beginning on July 1. Hult encouraged others to consider stepping up in future years saying, “I think being chairman is a role everyone should ...more

Planning Board agenda for June 8 Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes, bills, budget, ...more

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