Regional School Committee October 9 meeting shorts
Kicks for Cancer
Several Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) students, along with Principal Mike Mastrullo and event organizers spoke to the Regional School Committee (RSC) about the 12th annual Kicks for Cancer event held on September 29. They were pleased to announce that the total event raised $115,000. The funds are earmarked for a specific doctor who developed a life-saving technology for detecting when ovarian cancer is no longer in remission, enabling patients to receive treatment much sooner. This year the event featured a new event—the Mighty Moose race in honor of Jenna Swain, a Concord resident who recently passed away from ovarian cancer. Over 1,200 people registered for a one-mile kids run and a 5K road race. Profits from the race were $45,000 all of which was included in the total $115,000. According to the organizers, participation and proceeds far exceeded expectations.
In addition, Mastrullo recognized Carlisle resident Mary-Sue Nuzum for her leadership of the entire Kicks for Cancer event.
New PEG agreement
The RSC continued its consideration of the new PEG (Public Education Government television access) user agreement. The RSC is the landlord for the PEG television studio which is located in the CCHS building and was funded through contributions from Concord and Carlisle. In their previous meeting, some members of the RSC were concerned that Carlisle was not represented in the user agreement so additions were made to specifically state that Carlisle may have access to the studio and will be included in a memorandum of agreement which is in the process of being written.
One other concern about the user agreement that was discussed was the right to relocate. The agreement currently states, “The District reserves the right from time to time to relocate the studio space, and subsequent operations of the Town, within CCHS. The District may relocate the studio space at its discretion, for reasons including but not limited to, renovations, repairs and future uses of CCHS.” RSC member Wally Johnstone asked, “What if, 15 years from now, we have 300 more kids. Could we turn that space into a classroom? This does not give us that option.” Hunter agreed and said that she will work with Concord and the district counsel to capture the RSC concerns.
School Resource Officer
During the Concord Town Meeting in October, voters approved funds for a new School Resource Officer (SRO) who will work in the town’s middle and elementary schools. The addition of the new officer in the lower grades means that the existing SRO, Scott Camilleri, will focus exclusively on the high school. Hunter said that the addition of a second SRO will allow Camilleri to be more proactive rather than reactive and will allow him time to focus on building relationships and connections with CCHS students and the community.
Campus feasibility study
Hunter and Director of Finance & Operations Jared Stanton had an initial meeting with Gale Associates, the firm hired to conduct a feasibility study for a variety of possible projects on the CCHS campus. Gale is expected to provide cost estimates for the projects by mid December.
Enrollment at CCHS has remained static with 1,274 students this year compared to 1,272 students last year. Carlisle represents roughly a quarter of the CCHS student body. See tables below. ∆