Center School Community Workshop Sat 11/22 @ 9:00am

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The Elementary School Building Committee invites you to participate in a series of community workshops related to the Center Elementary School Feasibility Study. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Hopkinton Senior Center from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (“DRA”) to develop a Feasibility Study and Schematic Designs.  DRA has begun assessing the Center School site and other possible sites and will be meeting with school staff to conduct programming and educational planning meetings throughout the Fall.

The first public workshop will focus on gathering community input. The ESBC will hold subsequent community workshops to explore possible alternatives for the facilities plan, and will then shape specific recommendations for committee consideration.

The workshop schedule is:

Saturday, November 22: LISTENING: Gathering community input
TBD, January 2015: ALTERNATIVES: Understanding the options
TBD, March 2015: SHAPING RECOMMENDATIONS

The Center School Feasibility Study will evaluate a range of options and possibilities to address the operational and educational constraints of Center School.

WORKSHOP AGENDA

9:00 – 9:10 Informational Displays
9:10 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 9:20 Overview
9:20 – 9:35 Work Shop Overview
9:35 – 10:15 Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:25 Re-Group / Re-Cap
10:25 – 10:30 Concluding Comments

At the first of three proposed workshops, the ESBC is seeking community attendance and participation. You are invited to join them, along with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in workshop activities.  In addition, children age three and above are welcome and will participate in age-appropriate activities to also provide input.

The ESBC has put together answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the school building project and the forums.

I’ve attended previous school committee meetings about our school system. Why do I need to attend this meeting?

Your knowledge, understanding, and input are welcome and needed in this process.    This is one of the key issues facing our community; there are many issues and options to explore.  We hope that you will choose to continue to participate in this process.  

I see there are three different community workshops being scheduled over the next two months.  Should I attend all three workshops?

Yes.  The focus of each workshop is different.  The purpose of the November 22 nd workshop will be to listen to citizens and obtain community input.  In January, the focus will be on taking information from the previous workshop and developing possible alternatives for consideration. Finally, the workshop in March will focus on the specific recommendations that may be proposed to the Elementary School Building Committee.  Workshops will build on each other.

What specific topic will be discussed at this first community workshop?  

Concurrent breakout sessions will collect community input on the topics of:

  • “Containers” – the physical facilities / sites
  • “Contents” – contemporary early childhood education programming
  • “Currents” –  Hopkinton’s trends, including demographics and enrollments
  • “Children/students” – focusing on the issues and needs of students

I have ideas about what’s important for our elementary school.  How can I share those ideas with DRA and the Elementary School Building Committee?

Attend the November 22nd community workshop!  If you are unable to attend in person, please send your comments to schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov. Information sent to the email will be collected and shared with DRA.

What will be done with the results of this workshop?

DRA will use community input to shape options and recommendations that they will present to the Elementary School Building Committee.

Has the Elementary School Building Committee made any decisions about the future of Center School?

The committee has made no decisions about Center School.  All options and ideas are being considered.

When will the Elementary School Building Committee act on DRA’s study recommendations?

The Elementary School Building Committee expects to have a decision on preferred solution by March/April 2015, which will involve review and approval by the Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. DRA would complete the schematic design for the preferred solution in July 2015 for approval by the Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.  The Design and Funding request would be presented for the Town Meeting vote by Fall of 2015.

Additional information:

Selectmen FY16 Budget Statement & Town Financial Projections

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Town budget season has begun. At their October 21 meeting, the Board of Selectmen approved the FY16 Budget Statement as recommended by the Town Manager. The budget statement calls for more directed spending on the core mission and frontline services, maintaining level funding for current municipal service operations while keeping costs as low as possible, and for strategic initiatives department heads should submit separate requests with proposals including the purpose, priority, performance measures, service outputs, and costs associated. Also on October 21, the town’s new Director of Finance, Chris Howell, presented the FY16 Financial Forecast.  Stayed tuned as budget season progresses and pay attention to opportunities for public input.

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FY16 School Budget Summaries to Date

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School budget season is in full swing. The various school departments have already begun presenting their preliminary budgets to the School Committee. There will be a public hearing on the budget on January 8, where you can give your feedback on the budget.

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Library Foundation Update

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It has been an incredible year for the library.  This October, the Hopkinton Library Foundation’s Hoptoberfest event brought in over $30,000 for the library project.

Also in late October, Hopkinton’s Town Manager signed the contract for the Library’s $4.5 million Construction Grant. Hopkinton is expected to receive the first installation ($900,000 of grant funds the restoration, renovation and expansion of our library.
Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee is diligently working on selecting an Owners Project Manager and will be retaining Johnson Roberts Associates as Architect.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts Update

Exterior-Rendering_090414The CAA has made incredible progress in the renovation and expansion of the barn space.  The walls have gone up on what is to be the new performance center.  As construction builds forward, the CAA is continuing in their fundraising efforts. They are in the middle of a Paint the Town campaign, and are more than halfway to the campaign’s goal of $15,000! They would like to thank everyone who has reached out to help get them there.

Additional Information:

State Election Tomorrow

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Tuesday, November 4 – Polls open 7:00am-8:00pm

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What’s on the Hopkinton Ballot:

Senator in US Congress

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

  • Maura Healey, Democratic http://www.maurahealey.com/
  • John B Miller, Republican http://millerforag.com/

Secretary of State

  • William Francis Galvin, Democratic (Incumbent) http://www.billgalvin.org/
  • David D’Arcangelo, Republican http://www.davein2014.com/
  • Daniel L Factor, Green-Rainbow http://www.electfactor.org/

Treasurer

  • Deborah B Goldberg, Democratic http://www.debgoldberg.com/
  • Michael James Heffernan, Republican https://www.mikeheffernan2014.com/
  • Ian T Jackson, Green-Rainbow http://www.ian-jackson.org/

Auditor

  • Suzanne M Bump, Democratic (Incumbent) http://www.suzannebump.com/
  • Patricia S Saint Aubin, Republican https://www.patriciasaintaubin.com/
  • MK Merelice, Green-Rainbow http://www.merelice.org/

Representative in US Congress

  •  Joseph P Kennedy, III, Democratic (Incumbent)

Councillor

  • Robert L Jubinville, Democratic (Incumbent)

Senator in General Court (2nd Middlesex & Norfolk District)

  • Karen E Spilka, Democratic (Incumbent)

Representative in General Court (8th Middlesex District)

District Attorney (Northern District)

  • Marian T Ryan, Democratic

 Registrar of Probate

  • Tara E DeCristofaro, Democratic (Incumbent)
  • John W Lambert, Sr, Republican https://www.facebook.com/LambertforRegisterofProbateMiddlesexCounty

State Ballot Question 1 – Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

State Ballot Question 2 – Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

  • A YES VOTE would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks with certain exceptions, increase the associated handling fees, and make other changes to the law. http://www.massbottlebill.org/
  • A NO VOTE would make no change In the laws regarding beverage container deposits. http://www.noonquestion2.com/

State Ballot Question 3 – Expanding Prohibitions On Gaming

State Ballot Question 4 – Earned Sick Time For Employees

  • A YES VOTE would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. http://raiseupma.org/
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding earned sick time.  http://retailersma.org/

Ballot Question 5 – Non-Binding

Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon Congress to propose an amendment to the US Constitution affirming that 1) rights protected under the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only and 2) both Congress and the states may place limits on political contributions and political spending? http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20141101/NEWS/141109518

  • YES
  • NO

Hopkinton Veterans Links and Information

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Over the summer, Educate Hopkinton sponsored the July monthly Veterans’ Breakfast at the Senior Center. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise the money by participating in our June flamingo fundraiser. To learn more about Hopkinton’s Veterans in time for Veteran’s Day, please visit these links:

  • Hopkinton/Metrowest Veterans Services Department: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/veterans
  • Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/veterans-celebration

Veterans Photo Galleries

  • http://www.hcamtv.com/series/veterans/slideshow.shtml …for each branch of service, click on arrows to advance photos one-by-one
  • http://www.sceneinhopkinton.org/p651094365 …sequence of pages with 12 photos each; not complete
  • http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140228759
  • http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20080630/NEWS/306309921/0/SEARCH

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