Building Committee Tours Elmwood and Center School Land

Center SchoolAt its August 1 public meeting, Hopkinton’s Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) conducted site walks of both Elmwood School and Center School including the abutting Hehn family property at 25 Ash Street. New Superintendent Cathy MacLeod attended the site walk as well as new Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau. A town meeting vote would be required for the town to purchase the Hehn property on Ash Street. The Board of Selectmen were scheduled “to consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property on Ash Street” in their private executive session on August 13 and are scheduled to discuss it again in their August 27 executive session. In April Hopkinton submitted a new Statement of Interest for Center School to the Massachusetts School Building Administration (MSBA). The town is awaiting a response from the MSBA to see if we are invited into the Eligibility Period. In May Hopkinton voted at Town Meeting to appropriate $600,000 to fund a new Feasibility Study for Center School.

Video highlights of the ESBC tour are available on the HCAM website:

Photos and an article about the ESBC tour are available on the Hopkinton Crier website:

New School Administration Gears up for 2014 School Year

BusWhen the 2013-2014 school years begins, students and parents will be greeted by several new administrators.

Lauren Dubeau is the new principal at Center School.

Lauren Dubeau holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from the Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Westfield State College.  She comes to Hopkinton from the Simonian Center for Early Learning in the Sutton Public School district where she served as principal.  She previously served in Sutton as the Acting Principal for the Early Learning Center, and as both a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.  She began her career in education as a Special Education Preschool Teacher in the Sutton Public Schools.

Anne Carver has begun her role as full-time assistant principal at Elmwood.  Tim Kearnan is now the full-time assistant principal at Hopkins.

Mrs. Carver holds a Master’s of Education in Elementary Leadership & Administration from Worcester State University and a Master of Education in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College.  Her undergraduate work was in Early Childhood Education, completed at Wheelock College. She comes to us from the Norrback Avenue School in Worcester, where she was a first grade teacher, and Site Administrator.  She has also taught Kindergarten, first and second grades at the New Ludlow Elementary School and the St. Nicholas Avenue School, both in Worcester, and began her career as a third grade Teacher at Midland Elementary School, also in Worcester.

Ann Benenek joins Ms Grady this year as one of two full-time assistant principals at the Middle School.

Mrs. Benenek holds a Master’s of Education from Cambridge College.  Her undergraduate work was in English, completed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She began her career as an English Teacher at West Boylston Middle/High School.  She comes to us from the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School in Westborough, where she has served as a Team Leader, a Supervising Practitioner and an English Teacher.  This past year, she also completed her Administrative Internship at Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School.

Michael Cournoyer is the new principal at the high school.

Mr. Cournoyer holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Lowell.  He is currently the Principal for Holliston High School. He previously served as Assistant Principal of Hopkinton High School, and began his career in education as a high school health teacher at Southbridge High School.

Joshua Hanna has been hired as an assistant principal at the High School.  The former assistant principal, Ashoke Ghosh, will be assuming the Director of Technology role for Hopkinton Public Schools.

Mr. Hanna holds Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Simmons College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. History / Secondary Education from Framingham State College. He comes to Hopkinton from the Natick Public Schools, where he taught for 13 years, most recently serving as the Social Studies Department Chair at Natick High School.  Mr. Hanna was also the head coach of the Natick High School Redhawks baseball team.

Milford Casino Update

Casi-NOA lot has happened over the summer regarding the proposed Milford Casino and things are now moving very quickly. On August 5 Milford Selectmen voted 2-1 to begin negotiations with Foxwoods on a Host Community Agreement for the proposed Casino. Click here to view the draft agreement. Once an agreement is reached, a town-wide referendum will be scheduled within 60-90 days, likely late October or early November. Only residents of Milford will be allowed to vote in the referendum, but please read the following 15 Ways You Can Keep Milford Casino-Free to see how you can help.

School Spruce Up Day

garden_toolsThe HPS is sponsoring a Spruce-Up Day which will take place on August 24th from 8am-11am at all of the schools in preparation for the first day. Volunteer adults are welcome to bring children to help with basic clean-up like pulling weeds, laying mulch, picking up trash, and other spruce-up activities. Please bring some basic tools such as clippers and shovels.  Don’t forget your garden gloves either.
Anyone who can volunteer their time and effort should drop in any time between the hours of 8-11 am on August 24th at any of the Hopkinton Public Schools.