School Budget Presentation – Tues Dec 20

School Budget Presentation – Tues Dec 20
TONIGHT, Superintendent Landman will present his preliminary 2012-13 budget (FY13) to the School Committee. This is usually a very informative presentation and is your chance to see what might get cut and what might get added to the budget. Nothing will be final at this point. This is just the preliminary presentation and it will likely go through many changes before we vote on it at Town Meeting in May. If you are unable to attend during this busy holiday season, feel free to watch at home on HCAM-TV http://www.hcam.tv/ (Comcast 8/Verizon 30) or record on your DVR. Throughout the month of January there will be many more budget discussions at the School Committee meetings and working sessions. Then on January 26 there will be public hearing on the budget, where you can come in person and voice your opinion on the budget.

School Committee Meeting – Superintendent’s Budget Preliminary Presentation
Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30pm
Middle School Library,
HCAM-TV Comcast 8/Verizon 30
Read the agenda at http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/agenda_minutes/12-20-11_REGULAR.pdf

Save the Dates – Survey Results, Budget Discussions & Public Hearing on the School Budget

School Committee Meeting – Survey Results
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Joint School Committee Meeting with the Board of Selectmen to discuss Center School Community Survey results.

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Regular Meeting/Working Session – FY13 Budget

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Working Session/FY13 Budget

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Regular Meeting/Working Session – FY13 Budget

School Committee Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen

School Committee Meeting -Public Hearing the FY13 Budget
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Public Hearing – FY13 Budget
If you can only attend one school committee meeting a year, this is the most important one to attend. It is your chance to voice your opinion on the budget.

EH Board of Directors Update

At our December 2 Board Meeting, the Educate Hopkinton Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Laura Barry from the Board. Due to other commitments, Laura is no longer able to serve on the Board, however, we are pleased that Laura will continue to serve as our informal Liaison to the Library Building Project. Also at our December 2 Board Meeting, the EH Board voted to appoint Esther Driscoll to fill the remainder of Laura’s term, which will expire at our spring 2013 annual meeting. Thank you to Laura for your service to Educate Hopkinton and thank you to Esther for stepping up to take Laura’s place!

Other December Updates

Patch Holiday Decorating Contest
Patch is having a contest where the Best Decked House will win $100,000 for their local schools. If your house is all decked out for the holidays, please be sure to submit a photo. Read more at http://deckthehouse.patch.com/

Hopkinton selectmen to appoint new finance director
Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/newsnow/x2019337375/Hopkinton-selectmen-to-appoint-new-finance-director

Casino News
Gov. Patrick Appoints Stephen Crosby Chair of the Mass. Gaming Commission
Governor Deval Patrick appointed Stephen Crosby as chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday.
http://foxborough.patch.com/articles/gov-patrick-appoints-stephen-crosby-chair-of-the-mass-gaming-commission
Casino towns face zoning obstacles
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/editorspick_mobile/x906113906/Casino-towns-face-zoning-obstacles#ixzz1gX8001Yh

High School Track
No recourse for Hopkinton in high school track blunder
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1178220428/No-recourse-for-Hopkinton-in-high-school-track-blunder#ixzz1gX8A97Qj

Center School Conditions
Due to water from Hurricane Irene in August, the Center School gym floor has suffered some serious damage and needs to be replaced. It is not expected to be usable again until late winter/early spring 2012. Children have been having their P.E. classes in the library, cafeteria, outside and in their classrooms so far this year. It is not known yet how much, if any, of the cost will be covered by insurance. Read more from Principal Chris Kennedy at http://community.icontact.com/p/hopkinton_public_schools/newsletters/centerschools/posts/update-on-gymnasium-floor

Important Center School Survey – Last Day

Cost? Location? Longer Grade Spans? Districting?
Please Take This Important Survey about Center School – This is your chance to weigh-in on a solution to the Center School problem that the majority of voters will support.

The Educate Hopkinton Board of Directors urges all Hopkinton voters to take this important survey about Center School by tonight’s December 6 deadline.
Click to Begin Survey http://www.brgrs.com/elementaryschoolsurvey

Background Information on Conditions at Center School:

  • Value of Center School: The full and fair cash value of Center School is $2,892,500. If we spend more than 30% of the value (30% = $867,750) on repairs and updates to Center School in any given 36-month period full ADA compliance is required. Read more about ADA compliance in the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board regulations at http://www.mass.gov/Eeops/docs/dps/aab_regs/521003.pdf.
  • ADA Compliance: Only portions of Center School are fully compliant. To be fully accessible, all Center School bathrooms would need to to have at least one accessible toilet and sink and all of the building’s floors would need to be handicap accessible. Currently the 3rd floor (in the oldest part of the building) is not accessible and there is not room to install an elevator without eliminating or shrinking rooms currently in use. The rooms at Center School are already undersized compared to those at Elmwood and Hopkins. Read the Cubellis Report 2007 ADA Survey of Center School: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/strategic_docs/PDF/CubellisReport.pdf. (Some of the smaller non-compliance items noted in the Cubellis Report have already been taken care of since this report was issued in 2007.)
  • Windows: A study of the existing window conditions at both Center and Elmwood School was done in 2005 by Gale Associates. At that time, it was estimated that the cost to replace the Center School windows would be $787,000. Read the full study at http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/PDF/GaleStudy.pdf. Since Center School is part of the Hopkinton Center Historic District any replacement of windows would have to be reviewed by the Hopkinton Historic District Commission.
  • Gym Floor: Due to water from Hurricane Irene, the Center School gym floor has suffered some serious damage and needs to be replaced. It is not expected to be usable again until late winter/early spring 2012. Children have been having their P.E. classes in the library, cafeteria, outside and in their classrooms so far this year. It is not known yet how much, if any, of the cost will be covered by insurance. Read more from Principal Chris Kennedy at http://community.icontact.com/p/hopkinton_public_schools/newsletters/centerschools/posts/update-on-gymnasium-floor

Information on Longer Grade Spans:

Don’t Forget to Take the Survey – Today is the Last Day!