Category Archives: Fees

School Committee Updates

Hopkins School

At their June 12 meeting,  Jon Graziano was elected Chair, and Ellen Scordino was elected Vice-Chair of the Hopkinton School Committee.  The committee also voted to award a contract to Springboard Education to provide before and after school care at Hopkins School next year.  The program would also be available to Center School students, but would be located at Hopkins. In addition, they voted to increase school lunch prices by $0.25 across the board next year in order to continue to get federal reimbursements. The new Middle School Handbook and Program of Studies for 2014-15 were also approved.

At their June 19 meeting, the School Committee voted to continue using the MCAS test next year, instead of the new PARCC test.  The following year in 2015-16, the state will determine which test all districts will use, but for the coming year districts can choose. The committee also voted to approve the High School Handbook and Program of Studies for 2014-15.  The Director of Finance projected a year end balance of $145,000, of which he recommended $125,000 be used to pre-pay special education tuition (the district receives a discount when they pre-pay) and $20,000 to purchase two new copiers to replace two units that have experienced significant levels of downtime this year. The committee approved his recommendations.

New Contact Info:

  • Jonathan Graziano, Chair jgraziano@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Ellen Scordino, Vice-Chair escordiono@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Jean Bertschmann jbertschmann@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Kelly Knight kknight@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Lori Nickerson lnickerson@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Documents for Reference:

Transportation Policy Forum Recap

Bus

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, along with Ralph Dumas and Mary Ann Fitzpatrick “opened the conversation” about the proposed updates to the transportation policy last Thursday, December 5.  While they had hoped to discuss bus pass applications, childcare scheduling, bus stop switching and carry on items the attendees wanted to focus on the consistent daily transportation plan.  This would limit a family to one pick-up and one drop-off location.  Many of the participants in this evening’s discussion were opposed to this limitation due to work and childcare schedules.        

Dr. MacLeod urged those who have suggestions to email her directly at cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

School Transportation Public Forum Thurs Dec 5

Bus

The Superintendent recently announced a Transportation Policy public forum to be held on Thursday at 6:00pm at the Middle School. Join her for an overview of proposed updates and changes related to bus pass application deadlines and late penalties, childcare scheduling, bus stop switching at the elementary level, and procedures for bus carry-on items. If you cannot attend, but would like to give feedback, please contact the Superintendent’s office at cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

Transportation Public Forum
Thurs Dec 5 at 6:00-7:00pm
Middle School Lecture Hall

Current HPS Policies Related to Transportation:

Budget Update: Grade 7 Class Size, Fees and more

At its January 31 Working Session, the School Committee voted to submit a 2013-14 budget to the Town Manager, which represents a 4.4% increase over the current year’s budget. Key changes from the budget originally presented by Dr Hiersche in December include:

  • 10% Reduction in bus fees, parking fees and athletic fees.
  • Addition of two dual-certified teachers for Grade 7 to decrease class size to an average of 22 per class next year.

Important School Budget Documents:

Supporting Budget Documents:

Public Hearing Tonight at 7:30pm – 2013-14 School Budget

ATTENTION! If you can only attend one school committee meeting a year, this is the most important one to attend. It is your chance to voice your opinion on class size, fees or any other school budget topic before the School Committee votes on a final budget next week at their January 31 meeting.

School Committee Public Hearing/Working Session TONIGHT
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
7:30pm On-Camera Public Hearing – FY14 Budget, followed by Off-Camera Budget Working Session

Important School Budget Documents:

Discussion of Fees to Parents

At the January 17 School Committee meeting, one of the topics of discussion was fees to parents and whether some of the fees should be decreased, eliminated or remain the same. No decisions were made last week, but a list of topics discussed and a list of current fees is given below. Please feel free to contact the School Committee and Superintendent with your opinion on fees. They will be voting on a final budget on January 31.

Discussion Topics:

  • At least two School Committee members would like to see both a decrease in the total school budget and a decrease in fees.
  • Some School Committee members wondered if the threshold for financial assistance should be increased? 
  • At least one School Committee member suggested that parents don’t mind the sports fees as much as the bus fees and perhaps it would be a good idea to reduce the bus fee but keep the sports fee as is.
  • The finance director noted that creating a walking zone around the Middle School and High School could save $74,000 by eliminating a bus and adding a crossing guard instead.
  • Several School Committee members suggested they would like to see a 10% reduction in bus, parking and athletics fees, but would first like to see how that impacted the rest of the budget and if other services might need to be cut instead.

Fee Type – Current Rate – Expected FY14 Revenue
Transportation/Bus Fee – $210 per year – $275,000 Revenue ($420 family cap, no charge for K-6 students living more than 2 miles from school)
Daycare Transportation Fee – $100 per student – $25,000 Revenue
Parking Fee – $210 per year – $50,000 Revenue
Preschool Tuition – $3,200 per year – $125,000 Revenue
Full Day Kindergarten Tuition – $4,000 per year – $288,000 Revenue
Athletics Student Fees – $150 per sport – $215,000 Revenue (Per student per sport, no family cap)
Athletics Gate Receipts – fee varies – $35,000 Revenue
Student Activities Fee – $25 per year – $19,000 Revenue (Middle School/High School, Per student, no family cap, but this fee was NOT charged in 2012)
Total Projected Revenue from Fees if Rates Remain Unchanged 
$1,032,000 

Financial Assistance: Currently fee waivers are available to families earning less than one and one-half times (150%) the Federal Poverty Guideline and fee reductions are available to families earning less than two times (200%) the Federal Poverty Guideline. Read more…

January School Budget Discussions & Public Hearing

School Committee Meeting/Working Session
Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
7:30pm Regular Meeting
8:20pm Off-Camera Working Session – FY14 Budget Topics: Center School, Elmwood School, Hopkins School, and Technology Budgets, Overview of the New State-Mandated Educator Supervision/Evaluation System and a Discussion of User Fees (Bus Fees, Sports Fees, etc.)

School Committee Public Hearing/Working Session
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
7:30pm On-Camera Public Hearing – FY14 Budget, followed by Off-Camera Working Session
ATTENTION! If you can only attend one school committee meeting a year, this is the most important one to attend. It is your chance to voice your opinion on the budget in person.

Important School Budget Documents:

New Childcare Transportation Waiver for 2012-13 School Year

New for the 2012-13 School Year, in order for parents to have their children bussed to an alternate bus stop (not their home residence) such as a daycare, the daycare provider must contract with the school and pay a $100 fee per child. (The fee may be passed down to the parents from the daycare.) Parents must also sign a waiver form from the Hopkinton Public Schools releasing them from liability. Continue reading New Childcare Transportation Waiver for 2012-13 School Year