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Friday, December 11, 2009

Shorts from the CSC December 2

School Committee down one member. The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) has received a letter of resignation from member Wendell Sykes, reported Chair Chad Koski at the meeting on December 2. “I asked him to reconsider but he decided to not reconsider it. His voice was important.” Koski thanked Sykes, who was not present, for his service. “We will be short a member until we get that squared away with the Board of Selectmen (BOS).” He said the committee must notify the BOS in writing of the vacancy, and the BOS will appoint a temporary member until the Spring Town Elections.

Public vote on teacher contract. The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) re-voted the new Carlisle teachers’ contract in open session at their meeting on December 2, with all voting approval. They released the executive session minutes of November 18, 2009, which documents four members (Louis Salemy, Bill Fink, Koski and Dale Ryder) voting yes, and Sykes abstaining from the vote.

Extended comments. The CSC held an extended public comment period at the beginning of the meeting to accommodate the larger than usual crowd. Audience members discussed the recent resignation of Superintendent Marie Doyle (see “Superintendent Doyle resigns,” Mosquito, November 27) and the CSC’s decision to restructure the school administrative positions (see “Carlisle School trims leadership: CSC votes to combine superintendent/principal roles,” Mosquito, November 27.)

Doyle was on a trip to China and therefore unable to attend the meeting. She had been selected to participate in the “Chinese Bridge Delegation: Taking the Next Step” from December 2 to 10 in China in the Zhejiang Province. The trip is funded through the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Eighth-grade trip. After voting to waive the policy that requires them to wait until the next meeting to vote on new information, the CSC voted to approve the Carlisle School eighth- grade trip, scheduled for June 8 to 10. Traditionally the eighth grade has taken an overnight trip in June, and for the last three years the trip has been to New York City.

This year’s trip will be “basically the same as last year’s,” said eighth-grade Language Arts teacher Marcella Pixley. “We had a wonderful, wonderful time in New York City.” Highlights will include a tour of Broadway, attending the musical “In the Heights,” (which, Pixely said, “fits into their curriculum wonderfully”), a dinner and dance evening, and a visit to Ellis Island.

Pixley thanked them for agreeing to hold the vote that evening, explaining she needed to get the trip information out to parents immediately. “I want to publicly thank you, Marcella,” said CSC member Salemy. “You are a terrific teacher.” Salemy noted the eighth grade’s high score on the English MCAS. “The credit goes to you,” he said. Marcella said the credit goes “to all the other wonderful teachers.”

Policies voted. The CSC passed three policy updates: Wellness Policy (#07.16.2006), Policy on the Use of School Playing Fields (#06.04.1997) and No Idling (#11.02.2009).

The No Idling is in response to the Massachusetts law requiring all vehicles to not idle for more than 5 minutes.

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