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Friday, June 12, 2009

Shorts from the CSC, June 3

Carlisle School Committee (CSC) members stand for a photo in the Robbins Library. Shown left to right are: Louis Salemy, Dale Ryder, Chair Chad Koski, Wendell Sykes and Bill Fink. Seated are Superintendent Marie Doyle (on left) and Assistant to the Superintendent Claire Wilcox. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)

Reduction of buses. School Superintendent Marie Doyle presented information to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) supporting the decision to reduce the number of school buses in FY10 from eight to six, a savings of $100,000 ($50,000 per bus). She explained that the bus contract allows the school to add a bus if necessary. “That’s important,” said committee member Louis Salemy. “If something happens, or if it doesn’t go as planned, it’s good we can add an additional bus. I think it is great money saved.” The FY10 budget had included seven buses. Bill Fink recommended the $50,000 saved by the reduction “be held throughout the year” in case a bus needs to be added. CSC members indicated their support.

Budget update. Doyle said the budget looks stable for next year. “Thanks to our in-house special education program, it absorbs the costs.” She will freeze the budget in the fall, and wait until all information on state funds is in before she allows spending on non-essentials.

Schematic confirmed. The School Building Committee (SBC) has received an email from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) confirming earlier verbal comments that the Carlisle School is in the schematic design phase, instead of the initial design phase. This means the MSBA has accepted the design work done in the Carlisle School Master Plan as the initial design phase work and places the school further along in the school building project in the eyes of the state.

Kindergarten readiness. New kindergarten students, along with their parents, attended “Growing into Kindergarten” on June 3, Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley told the School Committee. In a later email she explained the program is in its fifth year. “It was well attended,” she said. “Teachers met with incoming kindergartners in the library to read stories about new experiences and talk about kindergarten.”

While the students were in the library, their parents met with her and Carlisle School Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Tambini, Literacy Specialist Sue LaPorte, Math Specialist Liz Perry and School Nurse Kathy Horan, each of whom gave a brief presentation. “Our focus was to give the parents advice on preparing their children for kindergarten in the areas of reading readiness, math preparatory activities, social and emotional development. “The gatherings were successful. Nobody cried,” she said.

Votes. The CSC voted their approval to have seventh grade social studies teacher David Zuckerman’s daughter attend second grade.

Summer meeting. The CSC will meet in the Gleason Library sometime during the week of August 17. The following meeting will be September 2.

Volunteer recognition. Five eighth-grade parents were inducted into the Carlisle School Volunteer Hall of Fame: Paul Anagnostopoulos, Giovana DiNicola, Kristine Tocci, Shelley Walton and Cynthia Sorn. Their names will be added to plaques in the main office. ∆

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