Superintendent’s Preliminary Budget Presentation Tonight

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Hopkinton Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, is scheduled to present her preliminary 2014-2015 budget at the Thursday, December 19 School Committee Meeting.  The meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library. The public is welcome to attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30). Stay tuned for more information in the next eHop blog after the holidays.

For Your Reference:

Executive Session Minutes Released

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At the November 25 School Committee meeting, Chair Nancy Burdick reported that the School Committee had voted at that evening’s Executive Session to release several Executive Session meeting minutes from the 2011-12 school year. Click here to read a PDF of the minutes. (Please note that the minutes are not presented in chronological order, but eHop has added bookmarks for easier navigation. Bookmarks can be seen when the document is opened in Firefox or Safari.)

Items of note:

3/28/12: The School Committee discussed a proposal from Superintendent Landman to re-negotiate his evaluation procedure. They decided not to agree to this proposal, and proceed as planned with the Superintendent’s evaluation on April 26 or May 3.

4/26/12: Dr. Landman and his attorney noted that since the parties were not able to renegotiate the terms of his evaluation process, they were prepared to submit a proposal for his separation of employment.

5/3/12: The Committee reviewed and discussed proposed language for Dr. Landman’s resignation letter; a Joint statement to be issued by the Committee and Dr. Landman; language for a reference letter to be prepared by a member of the school committee; the proposed settlement agreement between the HPS School Committee and Dr. Jonathan Landman. According to advice of the Committee’s counsel, these draft documents were part of an ongoing settlement discussion with counsel representing Dr. Landman and, as such, are not public record and are not admissible in any forum. The Committee was instructed by counsel that they should be considered confidential and should not be released or forwarded to any other party.

Timeline Reminders

Dr Landman signed a separation agreement on May 16, 2012 and submitted his resignation letter on May 17, 2012. The separation agreement stated that Dr Landman had a 7 day waiting period in which he could revoke the agreement, and that therefore the agreement did not become effective or enforceable until 7 days after it was signed. After the 7 day waiting period, his resignation was announced via a press release on May 25, 2012, which was 4 days after the May 21, 2012 Annual Town Election.

For Your Reference:

Strategic Planning Survey 2013

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The School Committee is developing a new 5 year Strategic Plan for the Hopkinton Public Schools.  They would like community input throughout this process.  In addition to offering several forums to elicit community input, the School Committee is conducting a community survey to better understand the educational priorities of the town in order to develop a new Strategic Plan.

The survey must be completed by Thursday, December 12 and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey online

Paper copies of the survey are available at the Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Senior Center.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR REFERENCE:

School Committee Office Hours

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As part of a new office hour initiative, the Hopkinton School Committee would like to announce office hours for the school committee at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 10 at Cornell’s, 229 Hayden Rowe St.

Their intention will be to have one per month, hosted at different locations.

Hopkinton invited into MSBA’s Eligibility Period

 

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On Wednesday, November 20 at the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Director’s Meeting, Hopkinton was invited to the MSBA’s eligibility period for Center Elementary School. In May Hopkinton voted at Town Meeting to appropriate $600,000 to fund a new Feasibility Study for Center School, and had been waiting to hear from the MSBA since that time.

Read more about the meeting:

HPS Press Release 11/20/13 – MSBA Invitation

Hopkinton Receives Invite from MSBA – HCAM News, Michelle Murdock

State agency advances Hopkinton’s Center School project – Laura Krantz, Metrowest Daily News

Read more about the eligibility period:

What is the Eligibility Period? from Hopkinton’s Elementary School Building Committee

Module 1 – Eligibility Period – from MSBA’s Website

Early Childhood Education Forum Recap

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Nearly 50 parents turned out on November 18 for the Early Childhood Learning Education Forum lead by the Superintendent and Principal of Center School, Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Lauren Dubeau.  Discussion focused on the benefits of creating a Pre-K – 1 education center and a standard full day Kindergarten program.  Supporting studies were cited that this education center would provide a stronger foundation for this age group as well as proactive intervention services.

Transportation Policy Forum Recap

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Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, along with Ralph Dumas and Mary Ann Fitzpatrick “opened the conversation” about the proposed updates to the transportation policy last Thursday, December 5.  While they had hoped to discuss bus pass applications, childcare scheduling, bus stop switching and carry on items the attendees wanted to focus on the consistent daily transportation plan.  This would limit a family to one pick-up and one drop-off location.  Many of the participants in this evening’s discussion were opposed to this limitation due to work and childcare schedules.        

Dr. MacLeod urged those who have suggestions to email her directly at cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

With lead gift by Sandra and Kevin Delbridge, 50 Families Contribute $175,000 to the Library Renovation

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In the first month of the “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library” Challenge,  50 families, individuals, businesses and organizations have pledged or given $1,000 or more to the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library.   With a generous lead gift of $100,000 by Sandra and Kevin Delbridge, our community has contributed $175,000 toward HPLF’s $1,000,000 goal for 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library!  These funds will build a state-of-the-art library that honors our past, serves our present, and builds a stronger future for our community.

1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library echoes a challenge by former Hopkinton resident John Quincy Adams in 1893:  If the citizens of Hopkinton raised $10,000 and built a library within two years, he pledged to give $4,000 to fund the building.  Remarkably, with an average gift of little more than $900, fifteen members of the community collectively funded the entire cost of the library – $14,000.  On January 1, 1895, the Hopkinton Public Library at 13 Main Street opened its doors.

Today, almost 120 years later, Hopkinton again has the unique opportunity to ensure that our Library continues to serve our growing community of 15,000 residents for generations to come.  Hopkinton has exciting plans for the renovation and expansion of the Library.  The 22,000 square foot building will be state-of-the-art, accessible, and environmentally friendly; yet maintain the character of the original, historic library.  It will provide space for community gatherings, a technology classroom for adults and students, and spacious, age appropriate Children’s and Young Adult sections.  The total cost of the project is $10.2 million.  Hopkinton has been awarded a $4.5 million state grant that will reduce the Town’s cost of this much-needed renovation and expansion to $5.7 million.    If this grant is funded in 2014, the new library will open in 2017.

To further reduce the Town’s cost, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is raising funds to offset the Town’s cost through events, partnerships, and most recently has put forth its own challenge – 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library.  By pledging $1,000, Hopkinton residents will become a part of Hopkinton history, much like those 15 remarkable people who founded Hopkinton Public Library.  With 1000 homes willing to make this gift, together our community can contribute $1,000,000 to further reduce the remaining cost of restoring, renovating and expanding our most inclusive community asset.

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation also held several successful fundraisers throughout 2013. These fundraisers – the 2012 Annual Appeal and other gifts ($10,000), Mother-Daughter Princess Tea ($7,500), 2013 Boston Marathon ($6,000), Pink Pint Night ($14,000), Touch a Truck ($3,000), Hoptoberfest ($18,000), and the Library Heritage Quilt ($6,000) – have collectively raised almost $65,000.   In total, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised $240,000 for the new library in the past year.

About the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation

The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in September 2011. Its mission is to raise private funds to support the restoration, expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library.  In addition to the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s cost of restoring, renovating and expanding the library’s historic building.  In 2011, the MBLC approved Hopkinton’s plan for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library and awarded Hopkinton a $4.5 million Library Construction Grant, approximately 45% of the $10.2 million total cost of the library building project.  Hopkinton currently is #4 on the waiting list to receive these state construction funds, which could be awarded to the Town as soon as 2014.  Once completed, Hopkinton Public Library will provide a modern, accessible facility that meets the current and future needs of the community, while preserving and highlighting the architectural features of the beloved original building.  For more information about HPLF’s mission and 1000 Home for Hopkinton Library, please visit the HPLF website at www.hplfinc.org.  Contributions to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784, or made online at www.hplfinc.org.