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Friday, November 12, 2010

CEF offers capital campaign for Carlisle School renovation

Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) member Peg Gladstone told the Carlisle School Committtee (CSC) on November 3 that the foundation would like to do a capital fundraising campaign in support of the upcoming school renovation. Specifically, CEF would like to raise funds for the new school building, the science and engineering lab and the new multi-purpose room. She explained that it would be separate from the fundraising work done at the yearly auction. “It’s a great idea,” said CSC member Bill Fink. CSC member Josh Kablotsky agreed.

Donor naming rights requested

Gladstone explained that CEF would like to offer naming rights to donors, which would allow a room, for example, to be donated in a person’s name. She asked if the school had a policy on naming rights. “We don’t have a policy on this,” replied Assistant to the Superintendent Claire Wilcox. “Most schools do have a policy,” she added. Koski said the committee would discuss a policy on naming rights.

Campus changes coming in February

Superintendent/Principal Joyce Mehaffey presented the changes to the school campus scheduled to be in place after the February vacation (see “Carlisle School plaza to close, main entrance to shift when construction begins in February,” October 29.) Changes that affect parents after February vacation include:

• No parking in the Spalding circle (it will be the new bus drop off/pick up)
• The plaza will not be accessible
• Main entrance will be via new side door on the side of the Wilkins Building
• To access Wilkins from the parking lot, parents must walk on Church and School Streets and enter the campus by the Robbins Building
• Parent pickup will be relocated (to be determined)
• Parent drop-offs only in parking lot or in the Highland circle
• Parents to enter lower parking lot through second entrance

Mehaffey said that more communication to parents is planned, including a presentation on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Fink said, “The Building Committee realized [that this change] was a big curveball. The administration and teachers should be commended for coming up with the solutions. There is no easy way to do this.” ∆

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