All posts by Erin Graziano

eHop Board Member 2011-16

Community Forum: Early Childhood Education Plan and Building Design Direction

The Elementary School Building Committee is hosting a community forum tonight, June 15th at 7pm  at the Hopkinton Middle School library.  To purpose of the forum is for citizens to see functional and practical design merge with Hopkinton’s education goals to create a blueprint for an exciting and inspiring learning environment for Hopkinton’s youngest learners.

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, and Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, will share Hopkinton’s pre-K through 1st grade Education Plan, outlining how the new location, site layout, and design can enhance the early childhood education experience.

Jim Barrett of DRA Architects will share renderings that reflect current direction on site layout and building design, including a look inside the building from a student’s point of view.

Community members are encouraged to attend.  The ESBC would like to hear residents’ questions and aspirations for the new school.

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Question 2: Hopkins and High School Roof Repairs

Question 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order fund engineering designs and construction services related to making roof repairs at the Hopkins and High Schools?

The school committee is asking to have the roof repaired in FY16 as indicated in the town Capital Asset Management Plan and the school district’s 10-year Capital Plan.  The high school roof has required repairs multiple times over the past 10 years due in part to the solar installation and deteriorating materials.  All repairs have been paid for by the roof manufacturer consistent with the warranty which expires in August of 2016.  The Hopkins roof is in need of repair due to normal wear and tear and issues.   If this articles passes at the polls, both roofs will be replaced with PVC roofing which has a longer life span and is more durable.

  • A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved and the expenditure will proceed.
  • A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

Voters at the 2015 Annual Town Meeting voted to borrow $1.114 million for engineering designs and construction services related to making roof repairs at the Hopkins and High Schools. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this work.  The average single-family homeowner is expected to pay $24 in the first year of borrowing which is expected over 10 years.

Additional information:

Article 27 – Roof Repairs – Hopkins School & High School - $1.1 million
Question 2 – Roof Repairs – Hopkins School & High School – $1.1 million

Article 27 – Roof Repairs – Hopkins School & High School - $1.1 million

Question 3: 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Property for New School

Article 43 – Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
Ballot #3 – Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million

Question 3:  Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcel U23-28-0 on the Assessors Map?

Ballot question 3 seeks authorization for the town to purchase the property at 135 Hayden Rowe also known as the Irvine Property.  This property is the preferred site for the new elementary school and was supported unanimously by the Elementary School Building Committee, School Committee, and Board of Selectmen.  The 28.7 acre property would be purchased for $1.8 million.  The land was chosen by the ESBC as the preferred option due to its central location in town, ability to meet the needs of the educational model for PK-1st grade, and additional space to accommodate any future expansion.  The warrant article to authorize the financing of the purchase passed overwhelmingly at Town Meeting but requires a vote at the ballot because it is being paid for via a debt exclusion.

  • A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved and the expenditure will proceed.
  • A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

Voters at town meeting voted to borrow $1.8 million  to purchase the property at 135 Hayden Rowe, consisting of approximately 28.699 acres of land.  This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this purchase.  The expected cost of the override for the average single-family homeowner is $40 in the first year of borrowing.  The borrowing is expected over 10 years.

 

New Director of Student Services

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From the Hopkinton Public Schools:

Director of Student Services Announced

Hopkinton Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton School Committee has selected Dr. Karen Zaleski as the next Director of Student Services for the Hopkinton Public Schools.
Dr. Zaleski holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College.  She is currently the Director for Pupil Personnel Services in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District.  She previously served as Assistant Principal of the Knox Trail Regional Junior High School, and the Mary E. Wells Junior High School in Southbridge.  She began her career as a Crisis Intervention Specialist with the UMass Medical Center’s Emergency Mental Health department.
Dr. Zaleski will assume her role in the district on July 1, 2015.  She will be working with our current Director of Student Services, Mrs. Marijane Hackett, for a few days prior to assuming her role, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
We welcome Dr. Zaleski to Hopkinton, and look forward to working with her.  We extend our deepest gratitude to Mrs. Hackett for her service to the district and to our students, and our heartfelt wishes for a most enjoyable retirement.
Dr. Karen Zaleski will attend the next SPEAC meeting on May 19th at 7pm in the HMS Library.
Other links of interest:
The number of students in special education statewide somewhat stabilized after yearly increases and school officials are instead looking to support students that need extra help in the mainstream curriculum before a special education referral. http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/artic…/20150425/…/150427180
The number of students in special education statewide somewhat stabilized after yearly increases and school officials are instead looking to support students that need extra help in the mainstream curriculum before a special education referral.

Irvine Site Selected as Preferred Center School Solution

center-spring-featured-image-sliderThe Elementary School Building Committee met on Friday, April 3rd where they voted unanimously to recommend replacing Center School with a new building located on the Irvine property. The Irvine property, which is 20 acres of land located just south of EMC Park on Hayden Rowe Street, needs to be acquired and is on the warrant for town meeting.

On April 7th, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support the recommendation.

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Limited Edition Marathon Prints

HOPKINTON, MA (March 26, 2015) – The 26.2 Foundation in conjunction with the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee announces the sale of 300 signed, limited edition prints featuring iconic symbols of Hopkinton’s “Marathon Footprint” including the Team Hoyt sculpture, the “Spirit of the Marathon” sculpture, the “Starter” sculpture and the gazebo on the Town

“These prints capture and express the respect, love and admiration the town of Hopkinton has for the Boston Marathon,” said 26.2 Foundation president Michael Neece.

The prints are being produced to benefit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee and all proceeds will help to fund the “Light up the Night” fireworks display planned for the evening of September 12, 2015. The prints will be sold in sets of four for a total price of $50.00 and all donations via the 26.2 Foundation are tax deductible.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase these prints,” said 300th Anniversary Committee Chair Jean Bertschmann.

“Three hundred years in Hopkinton’s history only comes around once. We haven’t had fireworks in Hopkinton in over 30 years and we are very appreciative of the 26.2 Foundation’s support to help make this special event a reality.”

The prints were designed and created by Hopkinton resident Maddie Bertschmann, a Markets, Innovation & Design major in the School of Management at Bucknell University. Learning that some of the funding for the 300th celebration had been eliminated due to state budget cuts, Bertschmann donated her time to create the prints in an effort to boost fundraising efforts.

“I’m so excited to be able to contribute to the 300th anniversary celebration,” said Maddie Bertschmann. “It’s really a professional and personal honor for me to design these prints, especially considering I’ve been afforded this opportunity without even having graduated college yet. Aside from my time at Bucknell, I have lived in Hopkinton my entire life, so the town is very much integral to who I am. Having the opportunity to pay homage to the town in my own way is really incredible. Ultimately, I just hope that the prints provide a little reminder to the families whose homes they hang in of the beauty of Hopkinton’s history and community, which is what really makes this town so special.”

To pre-order and reserve your $50.00 4-piece set, send an email to 300@hopkintonma.gov.

Checks should be payable to the 26.2 Foundation and mailed to:

26.2 Foundation
PO Box 820
Hopkinton, MA  01748

For questions, please email 300@hopkintonma.gov.

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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:

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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.