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Friday, March 12, 2010

Carlisle School honors students for their playground designs

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle stands with students honored for their participation in a playground design contest at the Carlisle School
Committee meeting on March 3. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Carlisle students who submitted playground concepts as part of a “Carlisle School Playground Design Contest” were honored at the March 3 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting. “Several students worked together to bring forward a design to share with the School Committee,” explained Superintendent Marie Doyle later via email. She said the contest was to complement the Carlisle School building project. Students were asked to design a play space for ages K–8. Fifth-grader Claire Brandhorst, who was designated the Gold Medal winner, presented details of her playground design. Doyle handed the students’ drawings to School Building Committee Chair Lee Storrs and told the children, “Mr. Storrs will bring those [designs] back to the architects and make sure they are incorporated into the project.”

Currently the school has a pre-kindergarten playground, a kindergarten playground and the Carlisle Castle playground, which is used for grades 1-6. The Castle was built in the 1980s.

The school building project budget includes construction of a first and second grade playground. “There are currently no plans to replace the Castle as part of the project,” Storrs later explained. He said that the cost of the playground for grades 1 and 2 is included in the building project as part of the site costs, which exceed the amount approved by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). He noted, “When the committee voted to include the equipment, we were not aware that MSBA would cap our site costs at 8% of the building cost.” He added, “We had exceeded the cap before the playground equipment.”

“We can review student recommendations when we begin design on the new 1 - 2 grade playground area,” said Storrs. He added, “The 1 - 2 grade play equipment came up late in the schematic design so it is not shown [on the layouts] and the details regarding its location will need to be worked out during detailed design,” said Storrs. “I would think it would make sense to have it in the area of the Castle and the kindergarten play equipment, but we will need to lay it out to make sure that works.” ∆

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