Even More School Budget Presentations

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At the Thursday, December 17 School Committee meeting, the following FY17 budget presentations are on the agenda:

The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments are scheduled near the beginning and again near the end of the meeting, about 9:10pm. Barring technical difficulties, you may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda.

Time to Give Input:

If you have questions, comments or concerns, now is a good time to voice them while budgets are not yet final. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

  • hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Budget Documents Already Presented:

CVS Signage Back at Design Review Board 12/15

Polyant Signs Inc, working on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, has submitted updated sign designs for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, December 15 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled for approximately 7:45pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The revised plans are for one 2-sided free-standing sign using the existing Colella’s sign post and two wall/facade signs to be placed at the front and back of the building at 61 Main Street. The revised plans submitted show two different options for sign colors. Option A shows white signs with red lettering, and option B shows maroon signs with gold lettering. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board. For further reading:

There are no sign designs from Marty’s Fine Wines & Liquors on the Design Review Board agenda for 12-15-15.  But several other signs are on the agenda, including these:

School Budget Update

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The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod has presented a total preliminary budget for FY 17 of $39,143,441, representing a 4.31% increase over the FY 16 budget.  However, School Departments will continue to present their parts of the budget separately to the School Committee at the December 17 and January 7 meetings, with a public hearing on the budget scheduled for January 21.  By February 1, the School Committee will vote to adopt its FY 17 budget, allowing time for the community input along the way.

According to the Superintendent’s budget summary, the proposed budget includes, “increased staffing to support priority initiatives: reading coaches, English Language Learner teachers, Elementary Adjustment Counselor, BCBA [Board Certified Behavior Analyst], and Maintenance,” as well as “school facilities that support effective instruction: High School physics lab and library, Middle School engineering classroom, and painting, carpeting and lockers.”

At Center School, Principal Lauren Dubeau requested a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) clinician as well as an additional .5 intensive special needs teacher.  According to the proposed budget, there are currently 8 students requiring intensive special needs for FY 17, with a high level of need, including an alternate curriculum, general education modifications, daily data collection and communication with families. 

Center and Elmwood Schools put in for a shared literacy coach.  In the budget request explained, “A literacy coach is a professional development liaison to the school to support, model and continuously improve instructional programs to assure reading improvement for all students.”

Elmwood School also requested an increase in the number of moderate learning specialists from 5.5 FTE to 6.0 FTE in order to increase the number of co-taught classroom from 1 per grade to 2 per grade for a total of 4 in the building.  This increase would also reportedly allow increased flexibility to offer inclusion services in a wider range of classrooms. 

Hopkins requested the addition of an Adjustment Counselor to provide social-emotional support to regular and special education classes.  According to the executive summary of the Hopkins proposed budget, “Student need, as evidenced by student surveys and teacher/parent referrals for support, has been increasing at Hopkins.”

This Thursday, December 17, Middle School, High School and the Athletics Department will present their preliminary budgets at the School Committee meeting which begins at 7:00 in the Middle School library.  There is an opportunity to express opinions to the School Committee during the public comment portions of the meeting or the School Committee may be reached by email at hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.  The January 21 public hearing of the School Committee is another opportunity to express opinions, priorities or concerns about the budget proposals before the School Committee votes to adopt a budget.

Budget Documents for Your Reference:

Main Street/Route 135 Corridor Project with MassDOT

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At the November 17 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the Town Manager gave an update on the Main Street Corridor Project including MassDOT 25% Design submittal, main street intersection realignment, undergrounding utilities, parking and bike lane. Hopkinton submitted its 25% Design to Mass DOT in 2013. Hopkinton is in line for state funding but it may take a few years.

According to an article in the Hopkinton Crier “Selectmen are pushing town officials to be more aggressive in finding solutions to realign the intersection in the center of town, including exploring options to take land from the former Colella’s Supermarket property.” Read more…

In 2014 a new committee called the Downtown Initiative Civic Advisory Group was formed by the Selectmen. Although there are five (5) At-Large seats, only two people have been appointed to date: Jackie Potenzone & Mark Owens.

More School Budget Presentations

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At the Thursday, December 10 School Committee meeting, the following FY17 budget presentations are on the agenda:

  • Center School Budget Presentation – Mrs. Dubeau
  • Elmwood School Budget Presentation – Mrs. Carver
  • Hopkins School Budget Presentation – Mr. Kearnan
  • Special Education Budget Presentation – Dr. Zaleski
  • Prioritization of Capital Requests

None of the new budget documents were available on the school website yet as of 5pm on the day of the meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments are scheduled near the end of the meeting, about 8:45pm. Barring technical difficulties, you may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda.

 Update:

Some of the budget presentations were posted to the district website on Monday, December 14:

Time to Give Input:

If you have questions, comments or concerns, now is a good time to voice them while budgets are not yet final. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

  • hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Budget Documents Already Presented:

Preliminary Budget Overview at School Committee

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At the Thursday, December 3 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Cathy MacLeod and Director of Finance Ralph Dumas will present the FY17 Preliminary Budget Overview Related to Strategic Initiatives and Overall Costs.  In addition, Mr Ghosh will present the Technology Budget, Mr Rogers will present the Buildings & Grounds Budget and Dr MacLeod and Mr Berlo will present the Central Office/Curriculum Budget. None of the budget documents were available on the school website yet as of 5pm on the day of the meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments may be given at the beginning of the meeting. The budget presentation is scheduled for approximately 7:55pm. You may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda here.

Update:

The budget documents presented on December 3 were posted to the School District website on December 4,  the day after the meeting. The meeting was NOT televised live on HCAM and is not yet available on the HCAM website.

TIME TO GIVE INPUT:

If you have questions, comments or concerns, now is a good time to voice them while budgets are not yet final. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

  • hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Medical Marijuana Dispensary at Selectmen’s Meeting

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At the Tuesday, December 1 Selectmen’s meeting, the Board will hear a brief presentation from CommCan, Inc. regarding a potential medical marijuana dispensary in Hopkinton and request the Selectmen consider signing a letter to the Department of Public Health in support or non-opposition of a dispensary being located within the Town’s permitted zoning districts.  The meeting begins at 6:45pm in Town Hall Room 215 with the Medical Marijuana Dispensary discussion scheduled for approximately 8:00pm. Residents may attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming at www.hcam.tv).

Update:

The Selectmen voted 3-0 to oppose an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in town. Selectman Mosher recused himself, due to a conflict of interest with the applicant and stepped off the rostrum and the meeting room for the discussion. Selectman Herr was not in attendance.