MSBA Response to Hopkinton Regarding the Failed School Vote

In a letter dated June 16, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) finally responded to Hopkinton regarding whether or not Hopkinton could be kept in the MSBA capital pipeline after the failed vote for a new school in March. You can read the full text of the letter here: To summarize the town is given two options depending on the results of its community outreach.

Option A: A Different Project than the one proposed and reviewed by the MSBA.

  • Submit a new Statement of Interest (like we did originally in 2007).
  • Await a second invitation from the MSBA to begin a feasibility study.
  • Start the process anew with selection of project manager and designer as well as a new feasibility study.
  • The second feasibility study and schematic design would NOT be partially reimbursed by the MSBA as the first feasibility was (approx. 40%), the second time around this portion of the project would be funded FULLY by Hopkinton.

Option B: The Same Project as previously proposed and reviewed by the MSBA.

  • Demonstrate local support and obtain voter approval by March 28, 2012.

What’s Next?
The School Committee just formed a new sub-group, tentatively called “Elementary School Building Problem Identification Committee.” The School Committee members appointed to this sub-group are Nancy Burdick, Troy Mick and Scott Aghababian. Be on the lookout for communications from this sub-group to Hopkinton residents in the coming months as they digest the exit poll data, the MSBA response, the School Committee Communications survey and prepare for a new school year and budget season. We hope there will be many opportunities for the community to give input as they begin working on developing a solution for Center School that the majority of voters will support. As always feel free to contact them (or any other School Committee member) with any questions or comments you may have about the MSBA letter (or any other School Committee matter):
Nancy Burdick
Troy Mick
Scott Aghababian

REMINDER: Don’t forget to fill out the School Committee Communications Survey by Friday, July 22! It only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.

Exit Poll Link: The data from the March 28 exit poll conducted by the “Ballot Question Committee for Elementary School Options” is available in pdf format on HopkintonPatch:

Conversations with Superintendent Landman

Thank you so much to everyone who donated refreshments and supplies for the first Conversation with our new Superintendent Jonathan Landman! About 11 people attended the event, you can read a summary on HopkintonPatch:
   New Superintendent Faces Daunting Task
   Making a bad situation better is one thing but maintaining or improving a great system is another.

Save the Dates for these Upcoming Conversations with Dr. Landman!
Wed., July 20 at 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Hopkins School Library
Bring the kids! Whitehall Farm Studios will provide an art activity for children during the meeting. Please note that we will not be providing childcare, parents are still responsible for their children. Educate Hopkinton will again be providing refreshments. A Punchbowl invitation will follow shortly. We will also be coordinating food for the events on August 2 and August 25, so be on the lookout for future invites if you cannot attend on the 20th.

Meet the Center School Principal Candidate Finalists

Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Center School Cafeteria
As you probably know, Center School Principal Jennifer Parson has resigned to accept a principal position at a K-5 school in Northborough. Two finalists for the position of Center Elementary School Principal have been selected:

•    Ms. Yeu Kue, current Principal of John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Randolph MA
•    Dr. Christopher Kennedy, recent Principal of Nayatt Elementary School, Barrington RI

An integral part of the process involves parent and community input.  The Superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Landman, invites interested parents and community members to a public forum to meet the finalists, and ask any questions they may have. Each finalist will be available for approximately 20-30 minutes. We strongly urge parents and community members to participate.

$4.5 million Hopkinton Library Grant Approved, But Wait-Listed

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Library Grant 
July 14, 2011 Press Release from Hopkinton Town Hall

This morning the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to award General Construction Provisional Grants totaling approximately $28 million. The MBLC placed the applicants in three categories: (1) those approved to be funded now; (2) those approved to be funded later, as funds became available through the State’s five year capital plan; and (3) those that were asked to re-submit their applications. The good news is that the Hopkinton Library Building Project was approved, with a grant award of $4,533,580. Hopkinton’s placement in the second group will allow the private fundraising effort to mature and the Town’s capital budget process to accommodate the library project in orderly

On behalf of the Town, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the former and current Hopkinton Board of Library Trustees, Permanent Building Committee, Hopkinton Public Library Director Rownak Hussain, Town Engineer/Facilities Coordinator David Daltorio, Project Manager Brian Main, and Stewart Roberts Architects for their diligence and assistance with the preparation of this grant application.

Norman Khumalo
Town Manager

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