Center School Workshop Saturday 9:00am Senior Center

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This Saturday, March 28 from 9:00-10:30am at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew Street) is the community workshop, “Shaping Recommendations”. This is the final workshop before the site recommendation is made, so community members are encouraged to come with questions and comments (and friends).

This forum will include a presentation and interactive discussion of the remaining site options:

  • Center School (option 1C + 25 Ash Street)
  • The Irvine Property
  • The Todaro Property

Community members will learn more about draft building layouts, potential construction impacts, how the site options can accommodate the education plan both now and in the future, and much more!

In the days following this workshop, the Elementary School Building Committee will select the recommended site for this project; public feedback is critical part of the consideration for that process.

Links to two important documents:

More project information:

Hopkinton School Enrollment Surpasses Peak

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Hopkinton Public Schools have gained 10 students since October 1, now reaching a total of 3,472 students, which slightly surpasses the previous peak school enrollment. For many years, projections showed that enrollment would be going down, but so far Hopkinton only experienced a slight dip in numbers between 2010-2014.  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 residential developments at Legacy Farms and Hopkinton Mews are expected in the coming years.  More detail is available in the links provided below.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) had originally certified an enrollment number of 355 K-1 students for the Center School building project. However, since that time Center School’s enrollment has been higher than expected and in December Dr. MacLeod prepared a presentation to the MSBA requesting that the number be increased, where she showed that, according to NESDEC, Center School’s average projected K-1 enrollment for the next 10 years is 430 students.

The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) recently met with the MSBA and they have now increased the enrollment certification for the Center School building project to 395 students.  The Superintendent and ESBC have expressed that they are comfortable with the 395 number even though Center School currently has 445 students. If needed, class sizes could be increased slightly to accommodate extra students without compromising the educational program. According to ESBC Vice-Chair Mike Shepard, the new design for the Center School solution will be flexible and will have the expansion potential of adding 2-4 classrooms at a later date if needed.

Links and Documents for More Info:

Year# of Students
2008-093452
2009-103462
2010-113454
2011-123414
2012-133411
2013-143459
2014-15 - Oct. 20143462
2014-15 - Mar. 20153472
2015-163442
2016-173418
2017-183426
2018-193433
2019-203432
2020-213418

PBC Announces Refinement of Library Design

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation press release:

library_march2015_1Since the May 2014 Town Meeting and Town Election, when residents approved funding for the Library building project, Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) has been hard at work refining the plans for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.

Based on feedback from members of the community before and after Town Meeting, as well as extensive discussions with the immediate neighbors of the Library, the PBC has been working diligently with Johnson Roberts Architects to refine the design of the Library to address three primary concerns: (1) reducing the “bulk” of the proposed expansion; (2) preserving the interior space of the former church; and (3) increasing the distance between the Library expansion and the neighboring property lines. Johnson Roberts has done a remarkable job addressing these concerns, while at the same time maintaining a functional, historically sensitive, and beautiful design.

library_march2015_2To reduce the “footprint” of the building, the revised design reduces the square footage of the first two floors of the building (what is visible above ground) from about 22,000 square feet to about 17,000 square feet. A lower basement level with usable space has been added to the new design (with light wells for natural light) in order to provide the necessary Library space incorporated in the original plans.

The revised design keeps both the original Library and the former church building intact (including both the ceiling and roof structures) and eliminates the originally proposed addition of a second floor to the church. To accentuate the stone and granite of the original buildings, a new glass connector will link the original Library and the former church.

library_march2015_3Finally, at the request of the immediate neighbors of the Library, the expanded portion of the Library has been reduced in size and scale by lowering the roof lines by about four feet, as well as reducing the footprint of the building on the site. In addition, the distance from the new building to the property line has been increased from 10 feet to 20 feet.

In continuing with the design development phase of the project, the PBC will work with appropriate local officials and boards, such as the Planning Board, Historic District Commission and Director of Inspectional Services, to ensure the project meets local requirements. Architectural drawings of the refined design and floor plans will become available in the Library and online in the coming weeks. The PBC wishes to thank the people of Hopkinton and the Library’s neighbors for their feedback over the past several months and looks forward to continuing this tremendous community collaboration so that Hopkinton residents may soon enjoy a beautiful and functional Library that benefits current and future residents of Hopkinton.

Hopkinton’s New Vision Statement

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At their January 20 meeting, the Board of Selectmen approved a new Vision Statement for the town, submitted to them by the Town of Hopkinton Visioning Group.  The overarching vision is below, along with a link to the 3-page Vision Statement.

Hopkinton is a vibrant welcoming community centrally located in New England and nestled 26.2 miles west of Boston.

We are endowed with open space, natural resources, facilities and programs that promote a well educated and healthy community.

We are respectful of our past, engaged in our present, and actively preparing for our future.

Click to read the full Vision Statement

Town Manager Presents FY16 Budget to Selectmen

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At the February 24 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town Manager presented the FY16 Comprehensive Budget and Financing Plan. At their March 10 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to send the budget to the Appropriation Committee who will now hold several public meetings and a public hearing on the budget sometime before Town Meeting. A controversial item seems to be that two new firefighters requested by Chief Ken Clark were not included in the budget sent to Appropriations. Please see two articles in the Metrowest Daily News below for more information.

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The next Appropriation Committee meetings are 3/23, 3/25, 3/30 and 4/1, all at 6:30pm in Town Hall.

The next Board of Selectmen meetings are 4/7 and 4/14, all at 6:30pm in Town Hall.

FY16 School Budget Submitted to Town Manager

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On January 22nd, the School Committee approved a budget of $39,143,441 which is a 4.85% increase over last year’s budget.  Dr. MacLeod noted that 3.85% of the increase alone represents fixed costs over which the schools have no control.  Included in the budget is a reduction of bus fees and increased support to help remediate the level 2 designation from the past year’s MCAS scores.  The proposed budget originally presented to the School Committee included funding to expand foreign language at the Middle School to 6th grade.  The decision to remove the foreign language expansion brought the budget below 5%.

Town Election Candidates to Date

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Many candidates have pulled nomination papers already for the upcoming Town Election, but some offices still have no candidates. To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, March 30; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses. The Democratic Caucus is Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm (Town Hall) and the Republican Caucus is Friday, April 10 at 5:00pm (Town Hall).

Offices on the May 18 Ballot

SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Todd Cestari, 19 Elizabeth Rd, Unenrolled
  • Brian Herr, 31 Elizabeth Rd, Republican

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • John Duffy, 175 Hayden Rowe St, Unenrolled

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Paul Winshman, 27 Elizabeth Rd, Unenrolled

BOARD OF HEALTH, Unexpired term to 2016, Vote for 1

  • Philip Cohen, 3 John Matthew Rd, Republican

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Thomas Pratt, 102 Fruit St, Democrat

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Daniel Terry, 9 John Matthew Rd, Republican
  • Robert Dobinski, 10 Highland St, Republican

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1

  • Robert McGuire, 4 Huckleberry Rd, Unenrolled

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2

  • Frank Sivo, 14 Stone Crossing Way, Republican
  • Second Candidate Needed

PLANNING BOARD, Unexpired term to 2018, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Jean Bertschmann, 4 Cider Mill Rd, Unenrolled
  • Jonathan Graziano, 8 Kimball Rd, Unenrolled
  • Brian Karp, 23 Nicholas Rd, Republican

For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or geri@hopkintonma.gov. Click to read more on the Town Clerk’s website.

Candidate Endorsement Policy

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As we head into election season, Educate Hopkinton would like to remind our readers of our candidate endorsement policy.

The primary mission of Educate Hopkinton (eHop) is community education on funding and policy issues pertaining to the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts including the Hopkinton Public Schools. Hence, eHop will strive to provide voters with accurate and detailed information on candidates running for state and local office, with a focus on each candidate’s position on both town and school-related issues.

It is eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office. eHop board members are at liberty, however, to endorse candidates independently.

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