At their March 5 meeting, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen officially appointed a new Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) with the mission “To facilitate the development of a proposed solution to the operational and educational constraints of Center School that will be supported by the voters of Hopkinton, as well as the MSBA.” The ESBC has already been sworn in, begun meeting weekly and selected a chair. “This committee is a Dream Team for Hopkinton, each member bringing a depth of experience, wisdom and passion to this project that bodes well for the future of our community’s youngest students.” said Joe Markey, ESBC Chair. You can visit their website at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/esbc Continue reading Elementary School Building Committee Gets to Work
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to Bertucci’s on March 12 to support Educate Hopkinton’s first fundraiser. And also a special thank you to Holliston Bertucci’s! We are pleased to report that we raised $180.85, which is more than enough to cover the May Veteran’s Breakfast, but not enough yet to purchase signage reminding voters about town meeting. Please consider donating $10, $25 or more. Click here to donate online. Or mail a check to: Educate Hopkinton, c/o Tara Sanda, 4 Equestrian Dr, Hopkinton MA 01748.
At their March 21 meeting, the School Committee voted to amend this year’s school calendar to include an Early Dismissal Day on Friday, March 29 (Good Friday). Five snow/hurricane cancellation days are built into the school calendar, but Hopkinton has had six cancellation days this year, so one day had to be made up. Dr Hiersche presented several options to the committee and recommended the Early Dismissal on March 29 as the best of the limited options available. This will allow the district to maintain the last day of school on Friday, June 28. Continue reading Make-up of Sixth Snow Day – Early Dismissal on Good Friday
Progress is being made in the search for new Principals for Center School and Hopkinton High School. Finalists have been announced for the High School Principal position: Mr. Michael Cournoyer (Principal, Holliston High School) and Mr. John Smith (Principal, Westborough High School). See press release below for more info. Interviews were expected to be completed this week for the Center School Principal position. Public forums, tentatively set for April 1 and April 8, will be held for the finalists for both principal positions. Forum details will be announced shortly. Continue reading Principal Searches – Center School and High School
Many seats are open for our local town election coming up on May 20, 2013. The following is a list of positions on the ballot as well as important upcoming election dates. To become a candidate a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. The deadline to submit nomination papers is April 1. The date of both political party caucuses is April 12. Some offices have no announced candidates yet. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk/election
Offices and Candidates (as of 3/25) on the May 20 Ballot
- SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2
- TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Mary Jo LaFreniere
- BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
*2nd Candidate Needed*
- CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Lynn M Fournier
- COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- CONSTABLES, For 3 years, Vote for 3
Don Cresswell Sr
*3rd Candidate Needed*
- HOUSING AUTHORITY, Unexpired Term 2016, Vote for 1
- PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2
*2 Candidates Needed*
- SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 1
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES:
- Last day to file nomination papers for Town Election: Mon, April 1
- Last day to register to vote for the Special State Primary: Wed, April 10
- Last day to register to vote for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election: Tues, April 16
- Special State Primary: Tues, April 30
- Annual Town Meeting begins: Mon, May 6 at 7:00pm
- Annual Town Election: Mon, May 20, 7:00am-8:00pm
- Last day to register to vote for Special State Election: Wed, June 5
- Special State Election: Tues, June 25
At their March 21 meeting, the School Committee awarded the contract for the Elmwood School roof replacement to the lowest bidder, MDM Engineering of Dudley for $884,000.
An agreement was reached between the School Committee and Hopkinton’s new Superintendent, Cathy MacLeod. It is a 3-year contract at a salary of $170,000 per year. Click here to view the full contract.
TED Talks Videos – Build a School in the Cloud
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud (Feb 2013)
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org.
Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education (Sept 2010)
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12 enjoy a delicious meal and give to a great cause! Don’t forget to a print a flyer and bring it with you to Holliston Bertucci’s anytime tomorrow, lunch or dinner, dine-in or carry-out. When you present this flyer, 15% of what you spend at Holliston Bertucci’s will be given to Educate Hopkinton – Because Information Matters. The fundraiser applies to both dine-in and carry-out orders, so if you have to hurry to make it to the 6th grade concert or sports, you can always order for carry-out. eHop’s proceeds will be used to sponsor the May Veterans Breakfast at the Senior Center and toward the purchase of signage reminding residents of Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting.
Tuesday, March 12, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Bertucci’s, 414 Washington Street, Holliston
Supporters who are unable to attend, may also donate online or mail a check to 4 Equestrian Drive, Hopkinton MA 01748.
When a Casino Wants to Come to Town: What every resident and public official should know
Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm
Adams Middle School, 323 Woodland St, Holliston, MA
Stephanie Crimmins started the No Foxboro Casino movement in Foxboro. She was instrumental in defeating the casino proposal in Foxboro. Ginny Coppola is a selectwoman for the town of Foxboro and she has experience as a State Representative. Both would like to present the information that they have learned as a result of hard work and perseverance.
For more information or to volunteer to help oppose the casino, please visit: