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Friday, December 11, 2009

Coakley, Brown win Carlisle’s Special Primary for U.S. Senate

Martha Coakley won the Democratic Primary and Scott Brown swept the Republican field in Carlisle’s Special Primary Election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy held Tuesday, December 8 at Town Hall. Statewide, the Boston Globe reported that Coakley won with 47% of the Democratic vote and Brown captured 89% of the state Republican ...more

Gleason Library: a look at the books : How a major town asset is managed

What would Carlisle be without the Gleason Public Library? Its popularity is evident on any afternoon, when a crowd of middle schoolers jockeys with parents and seniors in line for checkout. In a recent town survey, 60% of respondents of all ages considered the library an important or very important source of participation in the community, far surpassing any ...more

Wendell Sykes explains CSC resignation

Wendell Sykes resigned from the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) shortly after the eventful November 18 meeting where the School Committee voted to accept a new teachers contract, accepted Superintendent Marie Doyle’s resignation (effective June 30) and voted to restructure the school administration, combining the superintendent and principal duties. The School ...more

December 17 deadline nears for Carlisle School building designs

The Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) is working full steam ahead with HMFH architects to complete schematic designs before a formal presentation to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) on December 17. The state has agreed to provide up to 40% reimbursement if MSBA and the town agree on designs for the project to replace the Spalding Building ...more

RSC finalizes FY11 budget

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) voted to approve an FY11 budget for the high school of $23,502,927 at their meeting on Tuesday, December 8. This budget is below the Concord Finance Committee Guideline and represents a savings of roughly $38,000 for Carlisle from the proposed budget of mid-October. To get to this number, an additional $125,000, ...more

BOS considers “stretch” building code

Eager to give townspeople a chance to weigh in on the state’s suggested “stretch code” to enhance energy savings, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) will hold a public hearing as part of its Tuesday, December 22, meeting to discuss the impact of the stretch code on the town. ...more

Highland Committee shorts, Dec. 3

Committees merged. At their meeting on December 3, the two Highland Building committees (Highland Stabilization and Future) voted unanimously to become one, to be known as the Highland Committee. Selectman and Highland Committee Chair Peter Scavongelli had brought this idea to the Board of Selectmen, with the explanation ...more


Last week’s article “Selectmen shorts, November 24” incorrectly stated that Ferns has been granted a variance from the state Architectural Access Board (AAB) for handicapped access to the old portion of the store. Larry Bearfield wrote in Ferns’ Pickle Barrel that they have not yet received a variance. They met with the AAB on November 16 and the hearing ...more

CSC begins superintendent search

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted on December 2 to hire the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to conduct a Superintendent search for the Carlisle School, contingent upon a reduced cost if a candidate is promoted from within the school. The position includes the responsibilities of both a Superintendent and a Principal. The current Superintendent, ...more

Students with many learning needs included at the Carlisle School

To celebrate National Inclusive Schools Week (December 7 – 11), three board members of the Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) presented a parents’ view of inclusion at the December 2 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting. ...more

The burn that wasn’t at Foss Farm

A well-organized effort to perform an agricultural burn on Saturday, December 5, at Foss Farm was thwarted by the recent heavy rains. A group of about 20 hardy souls showed up to clear left-over tomato cages and plastic fences from the plots, and Jack O’Connor had his homemade water pump ready to chase down any runaway flames. But it was not to be. Using ...more

Shorts from the Conservation Commission, December 3

Police Station, Request for Determination. Police Chief John Sullivan appeared before the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) at its December 3 meeting regarding a Request for Determination for repaving the driveway and parking areas at the Police Station at 41 Lowell Street. The pavement is more than 20 years old ...more

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 ...more

Carlisle School students perform well on 2009 MCAS

At the November 18 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting Superintendent Marie Doyle noted Carlisle has done “exceptionally well” on the MCAS tests. “We are a very high performing district. The goal is to challenge students to do their best.” ...more

SBC considers new type of construction contract, “CM-at-risk”

The Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) has authorized Owner Project Manager (OPM) Sean Fennell to apply for state permission to have the school building project bid under a Construction Manager (CM)-at-risk model. The contract is called a cost-plus contract, meaning the CM-at-risk company is paid for the construction plus a management fee. ...more

CCHS football team breaks three-decade drought to seize championship

“This was a really fun year,” says Concord-Carlisle Patriots Coach Mike Robichaud of his first season as varsity football head coach. “The most gratifying piece was to see day after day, week after week, the players come together as a team.” The Patriots this year were Dual County League Divisional champions for the first time since 1978 (losing in ...more

CCHS explores Moodling

CCHS Chemistry teacher Cricket McCaffrey-Clark and math teacher June Patton gave a presentation on Moodle, a free open-source software package designed to help educators create effective online courses with lots of opportunities for interaction. ...more

Board of Health agenda for Dec. 15

7:30 Administrative Reports, minutes ...more

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