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Friday, September 25, 2009

Consultant to review Carlisle School administrative structure

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted on September 16 to hire the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to investigate cost savings by combining some of the administrative functions at the Carlisle School. Last spring consultants from NESDEC, while investigating a possible Superintendency Union with Concord, had suggested a cost savings might be possible by consolidating some of the administrative functions at the Carlisle School. The consultant has agreed to provide a public presentation of the findings. The $4,876 contract has a target completion date is October 21.

CSC member Wendell Sykes said he had “very mixed feelings” about hiring the consultant. “I think the School Committee is attempting to create an administrative structure independent of the Superintendent,” he said. “I am not sure it is legal, but if we do it we definitely need a consultant.” Chair Chad Koski said he agreed it was necessary to hire a consultant. “I don’t think we are doing it independently,” he added. He said the consultant will talk to school administrators. “They are not just sitting back and writing up a report,” said Koski. “My point is it should be the Superintendent’s job,” replied Sykes. Koski said Superintendent Marie Doyle will work with the consultants.

Doyle asked how much the committee was looking to save. Koski replied, “I’m not going down that path. I did that last year.”

CSC member Dale Ryder said, “We have to find some money. That is why we are doing this – going to an outside source. We’re not qualified to do this. They worked very nicely with the administration last time.” Salemy, Ryder and Koski voted to hire the consultant, Sykes abstained. CSC member Bill Fink was absent. ∆

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