All posts by Amy Ritterbusch

eHop Board Member 2007-present

HCAM rebroadcast of the 4/9/08 HPTA State of the Schools Forum

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, the HPTA hosted the State of the Schools Forum LIVE on HCAM. School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan gave a presentation regarding the current state of the Hopkinton Public School System.

Topics covered during the forum included:

  • FY’09 School Budget
  • Town Meeting Warrant Article regarding the Center School Feasibility Study
  • Foreign Language Instruction
  • Technology in the Schools

The STATE OF THE SCHOOLS FORUM will be REBROADCAST on HCAM 8 (Verizon Channel 30) on the following days at the following times:

Wednesday, April 16th 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17th 5:30 a.m.

EducateHopkinton encourages you to tune in (or DVR the rebroadcast) so that you can educate yourself and your friends.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

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You’ve been receiving the emails. Now check out our website!

Go online to www.educatehopkinton.com for the following information:

  • Voter Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FY09 Budget Calendar
  • FY09 Budget Related Documents and Links
  • Election Information

We encourage you to share this email with your friends so that they can keep up to date with information as the 2008 Town Meeting, Special Town Meeting and the Town Election approach.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

State of the Schools Forum

State of the Schools Forum
Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 PM
Live on HCAM-TV – Comcast Channel 8 – Verizon Channel 30

On Wednesday, April 9, the HPTA will host the State of the Schools Forum. It will be held at HCAM studios at 8 pm and will be broadcast live. The forum is open to the public.

School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan will give a presentation regarding the current state of the Hopkinton Public School System.

If you have questions or concerns relate to the FY09 School Budget that you would like to have addressed at the forum, please send them to Jean Bertschmann at jeanber65@hotmail.com.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process
and the Town’s financial needs.

Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Information

ALERT: POLITICAL NOTICE HOPKINTON TOWN CLERK
Annual Town Meeting May 5
Annual Town Election May 19
Last day to register is April 15th. Office hours April 15th will be 8 am – 8 pm

VOTER REGISTRATION – Must be completed by April 15th.

*****YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED VOTER TO VOTE AT TOWN MEETING

Voter Registration link – Source: Hopkinton Town Clerk
http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm#registration

National Mail Voter Registration Form – Source: Federal Government www.eac.gov
http://www.fabnit.com/nvra-update-09-12-06.pdf

ABSENTEE BALLOT – If you cannot PLAN to be in town to vote during the polling hours, educatehopkinton.com urges you to secure an Absentee Ballot.

Download : Massachusetts Official Absentee Ballot – Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absbalap.pdf

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

“vote” on an override in online poll

In the event you want to have your ‘voice’ heard in some way regarding an override to fund Level Services for FY ’09 – which was NOT approved by the Board of Selectmen – there is a poll available on the www.hopnews.com website that you can participate in.

The one poll question asks: ‘What override amount, if any, would you vote for?’

***FYI – an override of about $400K (what two of the Selectmen were supporting) is about $80 more on the annual tax bill of an average Hopkinton house ( = $518,000.00).

If your household contains 2 registered voters, it would be most beneficial to have BOTH vote on this poll if possible. (Just as if you were both voting at Town Meeting or in the Town Election).

While no poll is tamper resistant and data can be used to support any position, it would be interesting to see how many people are STILL interested in an opportunity to weigh in on this topic.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

FPWG Live Call-In Show Tonight – 7:00 p.m. HCAM-TV

Financial Plan Working Group live on HCAM-TV
(Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 30)
Monday, March 24, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Town manager Anthony Troiano, School Committee member Phil Totino, and Appropriation Committee member Stuart Cowart will be on hand to discuss the town’s financial situation and answer questions from viewers. Call the telephone number displayed on the screen to offer comments or ask questions. Callers during the show can choose to have an HCAM staffer relay their questions if they do not want to go on the air. People can also email questions prior to 6:00 PM to ptotino@comcast.net.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

School Committee FY’09 Budget Hearing – 3/20 7:30 p.m. MS Library

At its March 18th regular meeting, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted NOT to put an override on the ballot – i.e., they voted to put forth a budget for Level Funding – using available revenue to fund the town budget. This budget will reduce the services that you now receive from schools, police, fire, and public works.

Tomorrow night (Thursday, March 20th) the School Committee is scheduled to hold its Public Hearing on the FY ’09 School Committee Budget. Given the recommendation of the BOS, the School Committee will review its proposed Budget and review their proposed cuts ($711,030.00) that a Level Funded budget will require. The public is welcome to attend and participate in this agenda item discussion.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, EducateHopkinton encourages you to take the opportunity to have your voice and questions heard regarding the FY ’09 School Committee budget. Emailing, calling or writing the members of the School Committee with questions or comments regarding the options and decisions before them is one way to involve yourself in the budget building process.

School Committee members are: Rebecca Robak, Chair, Nancy Alvarez Burdick, Vice Chair, Lyn Branscomb Dave Stoldt, Phil Totino

For your convenience, the School Committee member emails are included below. Simply copy and paste the list into your “TO” line and send your email

rebeccarobak@aol.com; nancyb88@hotmail.com; lsbranscomb@comcast.net; stoldt@comcast.net; ptotino@comcast.net

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

BOS to decide on budget 3/18

Tuesday, March 18, is a critical date for Hopkinton in terms of the budget. At their meeting scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Selectmen will most likely vote on whether or not to put an override on the ballot. An override will be required to maintain the current level of town services. Whether or not you support an override, it is critical that you voice your opinion to the Board of Selectmen.

If the Board votes not to opt for an override, the voters in Hopkinton will not have a chance to Save Our Services. The question will not be put to the voters. The Board of Selectmen must hear from voters. Offer the Board of Selectmen some guidance. Let them know what you think. E-mail them today.

Muriel Kramer, Chair: muriel.kramer@comcast.net
Mary Pratt, Vice Chair: mpratt102@aol.com
Mike Shepard: mwshepa@verizon.net
Brian Herr: bherr@wesco.com
Matt Zettek: mezettekjr@aol.com

Tony Troiano anthony.troiano@hopkinton.org

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.