Save the Date for “Know Your Vote” on the Elmwood Roof

Educate Hopkinton will be hosting a “Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum about the Elmwood School Roof Project on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level), Hopkinton. Residents are invited to attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Residents may submit questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.435.7887 to ask your question live on the air. Panelists available at the forum to answer your questions about the Elmwood School Roof Project will be Superintendent Dr Steven Hiersche, School Committee Vice Chair Scott Aghababian, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko, Town Moderator Dr Bruce Karlin and Town Finance Director Christopher Ketchen.

Save the dates! Did you know that registered voters will be asked to vote to raise and appropriate $1.1 million for the replacement of the Elmwood School roof at both a Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 26 AND a Special Town Election (Ballot Vote) on Monday, December 3. Educate Hopkinton will provide additional information as the date approaches. Stay tuned!

Permanent Building Committee’s Report of the Condition and Need Assessment of Town Buildings

On September 18, the Board of Selectmen held a joint meeting with the School Committee, the Capital Improvement Committee and the Appropriations Committee, to discuss the Permanent Building Committee’s Report of the Condition and Need Assessment of Town Buildings and the development of the town’s Capital Asset Management Plan. The town’s new Finance Director, Christopher Ketchen, also presented a Fiscal Analysis of the Permanent Building Committee’s report.

Key finding of the Permanent Building Committee’s Report of the Condition and Need Assessment of Town Buildings:

  • Three of the 17 buildings evaluated did not meet the current needs of the town; they are: Center School, the Public Library, and the DPW Facilities.
  • For buildings not meeting the town’s need no projects are recommended for repair, expansion or replacement. These buildings should be continuously monitored to ensure the health and safety of the public and/or town personnel is maintained until the Town determines the final future plans for these buildings.
  • For buildings that meet the town’s current needs, the Elmwood School roof is the largest project, at an estimated cost of $1,100,000-$1,400,000.
  • Other buildings that meet the town’s current needs have smaller projects that will need to be done within the next couple of years, totalling about $1,110,000. Projects include, Town Hall building envelope repairs, and an emergency generator for Hopkins School.
  • Click here to View the Report of the Condition and Need Assessment of Town Buildings

Key findings of the Fiscal Analysis of the Permanent Building Committee’s report:

Reminder – State Election Coming Up November 6

As if anyone could forget with all the political robo-calls we’ve been getting. There is no school on Tuesday, November 6 due to a Teacher Professional Day. If you will be out of town, you may submit an absentee ballot, which must be returned by 12:00pm Noon on the day before the election, which is Monday, November 5. Contact the Town Clerk’s office for more information at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk/election.

On the November 6 Ballot for Hopkinton residents:

  • Electors for President and Vice President of the United States
  • Senator in US Congress
  • Representative in US Congress (4th District)
  • Councillor
  • Senator in General Court (2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District)
  • Representative in General Court (8th Middlesex District)
  • Clerk of Courts (Middlesex County)
  • Register of Deeds (Middlesex Southern District)
  • Sherrif (Middlesex County)
  • State Ballot Question 1 – Right to Repair / Safe and Fair Repair
  • State Ballot Question 2 – Death with Dignity / Assisted Suicide
  • State Ballot Question 3 – Eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana
  • Read more on the State Ballot questions at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htm

Check Out our New Website – Now Accepting Local Ads

The Educate Hopkinton board is pleased to announce that we have re-designed our website over the summer. The site was originally designed in 2007 and our content had outgrown the format of the site, so it was time for a face-lift and upgrade. Please check it out at http://educatehopkinton.com.

As part of our site upgrade, we are now accepting local ads on our website. Continue reading Check Out our New Website – Now Accepting Local Ads

Educate Hopkinton Board Updates

The Educate Hopkinton Board is pleased to announce that we have a new board member, Mary Pawela, who was voted in at our September 7, 2012 board meeting. As always please feel free to contact any of us with questions about school and town government and we will do our best to find the answers. We are always looking for new board members, please contact us if you are interested. We are currently seeking a Membership Chair, a Fundraising Chair, and an Advertising Coordinator. Please contact us for details, if you are interested.

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Save the Dates – Elmwood School Roof and State Rep Debate

Save the Date for a Fall Special Town Meeting and Special Town Election (Ballot Vote) to vote on funding for a new roof for Elmwood School. More details coming in next week’s email.

Monday, October 15 – State Rep Debate LIVE, 7:00 PM on HCAM-TV – Carolyn Dykema vs Marty Lamb
Wednesday, October 17 – Last Day to Register to Vote for November 6 State and Presidential Election
Monday, November 26 – Special Town Meeting – Elmwood School Roof
Monday, December 3 – Special Town Election (Ballot Vote) – Elmwood School Roof