Public Hearing on the School Budget
Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm
Middle School Library
Attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30/ Streaming live on hcam.tv)
ATTENTION! This is your chance to voice your opinion on free vs tuition-based Full Day Kindergarten, fees to parents or any other school budget topic before the School Committee votes on a budget to submit to the Town Manager.
The evening will start with a revised budget presentation by Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod. Click here to view the Superintendent’s Revised Budget. Dr. MacLeod will take the opportunity to reflect on all of her data collection, discussion, feedback and decision making to date to present a cleaned up, revised School District Budget presentation for 2014-15 (FY15) for the School Committee to deliberate on. At their meeting last week, the majority of the School Committee indicated that they would prefer tuition-based (not free) Full Day Kindergarten next year and that they would like to see a 10% reduction in bus, parking, and athletic fees. Dr. MacLeod’s revised budget represents a 4.91% increase over last year, includes tuition-free full day Kindergarten, and includes the requested 10% reduction in fees.
The revised budget presentation will be followed by the public hearing, where the school committee chair will recognize audience members who wish to make a comment and have them come to the microphone one at a time to address the school committee on camera.
After the public hearing the School Committee will deliberate on the revised FY15 School District Budget to approve a School Committee FY15 Budget request to forward on to the Town Manager by the February 1 deadline.
For your Reference:
The School Committee will be having a regular meeting this week on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library. The public comment period is scheduled for 8:30pm after the Full Day Kindergarten Discussion. You may attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30). In addition to the Full Day Kindergarten discussion, this week’s meeting will include a discussion of updates to the Transportation (bus) Policy, as well as budget presentations for the Central Office, Buildings and Grounds, and the Curriculum Department.
FOR YOUR REFERENCE:
Dr. MacLeod has included in the FY2015 budget a proposal to make full-day kindergarten available to all students. It is currently proposed in the budget as tuition-based full-day kindergarten with half day kindergarten option. With this plan, some kindergarten or first grade classes may need to be housed at Elmwood School.
Another option was presented byDr. MacLeod to offer full-day kindergarten to all students tuition-free with no half day sessions. A placeholder has been put on the warrant for town meeting for modular classrooms to support this effort.
Dr. MacLeod will make her final recommendation for this proposal at tonight’s School Committee meeting with public comment following per the agenda.
Additional FDK resources:
– Full-day kindergarten Options Presentation Slides 1/2/2014
– Hopkinton Independent: School District Goal: Full Day Kindergarten
– Superintendent Forum: Early Childhood Education (video)
– School Committee January 2 meeting -Full-Day Kindergarten Presentation (video)
Recent newspaper articles on full-day kindergarten transitions:
– Holliston Hears Plan for Tuition-Free Full-Day Kindergarten Next Year
– As Wellesley override nears, parents still split over full-day kindergarten
– USA Today: Push for Full Day Kindergarten grows
Many seats are open for our local town election coming up on May 19, 2014. 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. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click to read more on the Town Clerk’s website.
OFFICES ON THE MAY 19 BALLOT
- SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
- CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 3 years, Vote for 1
- PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2
- PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 1
- SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 Continue reading Town Election Season Has Begun – Save the Dates
The School Committee will be meeting in a budget working session tonight, January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library. There will be no public comment period, but you can watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30). Tonight’s meeting will focus on the High School, Middle School, Athletics Department and Student Services (Special Education) Budgets.
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According to an article in today’s Metrowest Daily News, the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised $225,000 toward its goal of $1 million in four years. HPLF has started a ‘1,000 homes for Hopkinton Library’ campaign, and signs in the yards of donors are popping up around town. Be sure to check out these two events coming up soon. Continue reading Library Foundation Update