Elementary School Building Committee Update

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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.

Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton 10/28 @ 7:00pm

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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!

RSVP at this link: https://hopkinton-octworkshop.eventbrite.com

New Strategic Plan Now in Place

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At their September 18 meeting, the School Committee unanimously voted to adopt the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan:

Strategic Plan Objectives:

EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

  1. Attract, develop, and sustain an effective school leadership team
  2. Establish a clearly defined set of goals aligning the School Improvement Plans to the District Strategic Plan
  3. Foster a collaborative culture open to dialogue and trust amongst faculty and staff.

ALIGNED CURRICULUM

  1. Develop a consistently implemented and vertically aligned PreK-12 Curriculum
  2. Articulate common, well-defined learning outcomes with a focus on depth of understanding and critical thinking.

EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

  1. Communicate high expectations for all students
  2. Implement evidence-based high quality instructional practices

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

  1. Implement a variety of assessments that examine both short and long-term growth of students
  2. Use assessment results to evaluate and adjust instructional practices
  3. Provide opportunities for students to share in goal-setting and self-evaluation

LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE, and COMMUNICATION

  1. Develop a transparent budget that supports the district’s priority initiatives
  2. Evaluate and develop School Committee policy
  3. Cultivate effective partnerships with families and within the community

Continue reading New Strategic Plan Now in Place

Foreign Language Five-Year Plan

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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.

A New Face at Town Hall and Several Key Positions Open

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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.

Due to several recent resignations, there are currently several key positions now open at Hopkinton Town Hall. Read more in the Metrowest Daily News. Open positions include:

  • Human Resources Director
  • Principal Assessor
  • Deputy Assessor
  • Parks & Recreation Director

 

School Enrollment at Peak

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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.

Year# of Students
2008-093,452
2009-103,462
2010-113,454
2011-123,414
2012-133,411
2013-143,459
2014-153,462
2015-163,295
2016-173,239
2017-183,222
2018-193,196

Land Development in Hopkinton

Hopkinton Mews North Elevation - West Main Street
Hopkinton Mews North Elevation – West Main Street

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.

Hopkinton Mews Elevations
Hopkinton Mews Elevations
Crossroads Redevelopment
Crossroads Redevelopment

Take the Town Visioning Survey

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Excerpts taken from the town website:

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.