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Friday, November 20, 2009

Bomb threat causes Carlisle School evacuation

According to Superintendent Marie Doyle, the Carlisle School received a bomb threat on Friday, November 20, and as a result children were evacuated at about 1:40 p.m. Following emergency planning, the children were led to alternate locations and were then brought to Spalding Field for dismissal at the end of the school day. At about 9:30 p.m. Doyle and Carlisle Police Chief John Sullivan emailed a joint statement to parents that said, “First of all let us begin by stating that our students are safe. As you know, someone made a threat this afternoon, and the police and appropriate authorities were contacted. We deemed the threat serious enough to evacuate the school. While we believed that the threat was a hoax, we still felt it wise to implement our evacuation plan. The staff is to be commended for proceeding with professionalism as well as our students, who in general were calm during this evacuation.” Carlisle Police were assisted by the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council School Threat Assessment and Response System (NEMLEC STARS) and a bomb-detecting dog was used to check the campus. Police Lt. Leo Crowe said the incident is “still under investigation,” though he reiterated that the school is safe. This is the second threat at the school this week. The evacuation follows a lock-down at the school on Wednesday, November 18, as a result of a threatening note.



Breaking News Bulletin #2

Carlisle School administration changes, new contract for teachers

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle has submitted her resignation, effective June 30. She made the announcement during the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on Wednesday, November 18, where she read a letter that said, “I have always encouraged staff to continue to learn and grow; it is now time to take my own advice. After having served six years as superintendent in Carlisle, it is time to pursue other opportunities that will challenge me to stretch my mind and spirit in new ways.” School Committee members thanked her for her years of service, praising her dedication and work on the school building project.

Prior to Doyle’s resignation, School Committee Chair Chad Koski reported that the CSC and the Carlisle Teachers Association reached agreement and have approved a new teachers contract. The old agreement expired last June.

After audience comments, the school committee voted (four to one) to restructure the school administration, approving a combined Superintendent/Principal format. CSC member Wendell Sykes cast the single dissenting vote.

In other news, Doyle said the school implemented a lock-down on Wednesday after a threatening note was found in a school bathroom. She said the student who wrote the note has been identified from the handwriting. Reached on Thursday morning, Doyle said, “I would like to assure everyone that the school and all students are safe and the matter has been resolved.”


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