Superintendent’s Preliminary Budget is 4% Increase, Maintains Reasonable Class Sizes

The eHop board hopes everyone had a nice holiday vacation and wishes you all the best in 2013. Just before the break on December 20, Interim Superintendent Hiersche presented his preliminary 2013-14 budget (FY14) to the School Committee. The preliminary proposed budget is a 4% increase from this year, here are some highlights:

  • Maintains reasonable class sizes
  • Supports some Strategic Plan initiatives (foreign language initiative would be deferred)
  • Maintains all services in special education
  • Maintains all district curricula and extracurricular programs (such as sports)
  • Addresses key maintenance projects
  • Contains NO fee increases to parents
  • If the budget were level-funded (a 0% increase from this year) then the proposed budget would have to be reduced by $1,363,410, likely impacting: class sizes at all levels, strategic initiatives, user fees, and the ability to provide current transportation services.
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Please note that nothing is final at this point, this is just the beginning of a process. The School Committee will provide feedback to the Superintendent who will then refine the budget before the School Committee votes on a budget to submit to the Town Manager by the February 1 deadline. If you have an opinion, question, comment or concern about any part of the budget you should feel free to contact the School Committee hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us and Superintendent shiersche@hopkinton.k12.ma.us at any time. You may also voice your opinion in person at the School Budget Public Hearing coming up on January 24.

View the Powerpoint Budget Presentation

Watch the 12-20-12 Meeting on HCAM