On October 21, the Designer Selection Panel of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) finalized the selection of the design firm for the Center School project. Drumney Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) was selected by the Panel which included, as representatives of Hopkinton, Michael Shepherd, Vice Chair of the ESBC, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent, and Jon Graziano, Chair of the School Committee. DRA was the first choice of all three Hopkinton representatives.
The state requires the design firm determine the official list of potential sites. Unofficial sites which have been discussed include the Center School property, Elmwood School property, Irvine property, Todaro property and more. According to the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) timeline, a methodical site evaluation is expected to occur between November and February. Site selection is targeted for March/April.
At the September 29 meeting of the ESBC, soil testing was approved for potential sites in order to arm the design firm with as much information as possible on day one.
Join the Town’s Visioning Group for a conversation on the future of Hopkinton on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00-9:00pm, at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.
The Town of Hopkinton, with assistance of professional planning consultants, is conducting a workshop as part of the community visioning project. The purpose of the project is to develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton.
The workshop will include digital group polling and small discussion groups. Light refreshments will be provided.
While the workshops are open public meetings, it is very helpful if you pre-register so that we can ensure enough workshop materials for you. Thank you!
This post was edited to better reflect the purpose and usage of the Foreign Language Plan presented to the school committee.
The Foreign Language Five-Year Strategic Plan was shared with the School Committee at their October 2nd meeting. Several goals were outlined in the plan. We have highlighted some of the key goals below. You can read the Foreign Language Plan to see the complete list of goals and the research included in the plan.
2015-2016: HPS will provide Foreign Language study in the 6th grade, pending approval in the FY16 budget. Languages offered would be French and Spanish.
2015-2016: HPS will study elementary foreign language instruction implementation for effectiveness, cost and methodology.
The plan outlines a potential timeline for implementation that will be refined and presented to the School Committee based on the results of the study.
2016-2017: Implement foreign language study in kindergarten adding a new grade each school year through 2020-2021 as follows:
2017-2018 – First Grade
2018-2019 – Second Grade
2019-2020 – Third Grade
2020-2021 – Fourth Grade
While the budget needs and personnel details will receive more refinement, this potential plan could mean the addition of one foreign language teacher to the budget for each of those school years.
Over the summer Chris Howell was hired as Hopkinton’s new Finance Director, replacing Christopher Ketchen who left last spring to become the Town Manager of Lenox. Howell comes to Hopkinton from Dedham, where he was a financial analyst. He has a masters degree in public administration from Suffolk University and a masters degree in business administration from Boston College. You can follow him on Twitter @HopkintonFinance or read a recent Metrowest Daily News article about him.
At the October 2 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr MacLeod presented the annual school enrollment as of October 1. The enrollment for this year is currently at 3,462 students, or 36 students more than NESDEC‘s projection. This makes 2014-15 tied with 2009-10 as the district’s all time highest total enrollment year. Additional students may enroll during the year as the Legacy Farms development gradually comes online. Residential developments at Hopkinton Mews and Crossroads Redevelopment are also expected in the coming years. This year the largest classes are in the Middle and High Schools, with the largest grade this year being grade 6 at 307 students. Grades 11 and 12 are also large with 293 and 294 students respectively. More detail is available in the links provided below.
Two large-scale commercial and residential developments are proposed for Hopkinton. The first project is referred to as the Hopkinton Mews. This development is proposed for a 96-acre site south of West Main Street and east of Lumber Street. The developer of the residential proponent of the project is seeking a 40B designation. The first hearing for this project will be held tomorrow, Monday, October 6 at 7:35pm at the Planning Board Meeting (Room 211, Town Hall, 18 Main St). The selectmen will also review the project at their meeting on Tuesday, October 7.
The second project is proposed to redevelop land behind Elmwood Park referred to as the Hopkinton Crossroads Redevelopment. Currently the land is home to the new Perkins Elmer division. The project is to include new hotel, restaurants, retail shops, food store, and luxury apartments.
The Hopkinton Visioning Steering Group was created by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen to “help navigate a process to solicit input from Hopkinton citizens on what our community might look like ten years from now.”
“The group has created a survey which is an important tool designed to help create a vision for the future, and action steps to achieve that vision. ”
“The process will also include bringing together a diverse group of community residents to gather and evaluate local information, and based on that information along with the results of the survey develop the vision.”
Please take a moment to take the survey online here. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Town Manager’s office. The results of the survey will be compiled and released later this fall.
Formerly Educate Hopkinton. Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts