Friday, June 11, 2010
Carlisle School Committee trims meetings to once a month
For the first time in more than 12 years the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) will be cutting its meetings from twice a month to once a month. Meetings will normally be held on the first Wednesday of each month. The change was made in order to reduce the number of meetings that school administrators had to attend.
The administrative roles will change at the end of June when Superintendent Marie Doyle leaves and one position is cut. The administration in September will include a combined superintendent/principal and one full-time principal, in addition to a director of student support services and business manager.
On June 2 the CSC also cancelled its traditional “summer retreat” meeting. CSC Chair Chad Koski suggested using the first CSC meeting on September 8 as a retreat, at which the committee decided it would discuss school committee roles and responsibilities. The committee agreed to ask Jim Hardy of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees to speak. CSC member Louis Salemy suggested combining the retreat with a regular business meeting. “We can add a meeting on the 15th [of September] if needed,” he added. The September 8 meeting is tentatively scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
The committee honored Superintendent Doyle with praise and gifts. “Thank you for the six years you have been here,” said Chair Chad Koski. “Your efforts have directly improved the quality of the program.” He cited the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, foreign language in elementary classes and her support for the music programs as some of her accomplishments. “I realize you don’t do everything,” he said, “but you drive the ship.”
Doyle came to Carlisle in 2004 after serving as principal of Newton’s Bigelow Middle School for nine years.
CSC member Bill Fink thanked Doyle for her work on the school building project. CSC member Louis Salemy added, “When you came here the teachers were teaching their own type of thing. While the students were successful, students entering each grade didn’t get the same experience. Now we have a core curriculum and the school is a much better place because of it.”
Doyle replied, “People are asking me how I feel leaving Carlisle. It’s bittersweet. It’s sad to be leaving but sweet to be looking at a new opportunity. I’ve really enjoyed my six years. I’m honored to have served. I’ve learned quite a few lessons. I’ve really enjoyed my time.”
The committee gave Doyle an office chair with the Carlisle emblem on the back and a T-shirt with “Entering Carlisle” on the front and “Leaving Carlisle” on the back.
In other business, Doyle recognized Wendell Sykes, Tim Hult and Laura Snowdon as Carlisle School Volunteers of the Year. She thanked Sykes for his many years as a School Committee member and for serving on the School Building Committee. “He served even though he had no children in the school,” she noted.
She also thanked Hult, who recently retired from his role as Chair of the Board of Selectmen, for being “a strong advocate for a strong budget for our schools.” She said he often dropped by “to catch up on school news.” As a Selectman with previous experience on the School Committee, Hult “has been the guardian of our school,” she said.
Finally, Doyle thanked Snowdon for her work on the Carlisle Education Foundation. Doyle said, “She has a vision for our schools that prepares us for the future.” Doyle thanked all three for their support and gave them each a clock.
Feedback on schematic designs
CSC member and School Building Committee (SBC) member Bill Fink reported the SBC is assisting the architects in finalizing the schematic design. “We need to get in as many comments from teachers and administrators as possible,” he said. “We need to get the modifications now.”
The CSC made the following committee appointments: School Building Committee – Bill Fink; Highland Committee – Mary Storrs; Long-Term Capital Requirements – Josh Kablotsky; Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee – Louis Salemy.
The committee voted to allow the disposal of old technology equipment. The committee also voted to require two signatures instead of three when signing documents during July and August, a customary practice due to the difficulty of obtaining three signatures during the vacation months. ∆
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