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Enrollment Update – 3rd Grade Now Surpasses Grade 8 as the Largest “Bubble” Year

At its October 6 meeting the School Committee reviewed final enrollment data for the current school year. Grade 3 is now the largest class in Hopkinton with 298 students, surpassing Grade 8, which had been the largest group last year when those students were in Grade 7. Other large classes include Grade 8 at 295 students and Grade 10 at 290 students. Hopkinton’s total enrollment is 3,414 this year, down 40 students from last year, which is likely in part due to a smaller number of full-day Kindergarten classes offered at Center School this year. As reported in a recent Educate Hopkinton blog, Hopkinton’s overall enrollment numbers are projected to remain steady over the next several years. Although there are slight increases and decreases from year-to-year there is no significant downward or upward trend. From 2004-2018 enrollments range from a low of 3,306 to a high of 3,462, just a 4% difference over a 15-year time-frame. Click here for an updated enrollment chart.

Town Meeting Results Continued – Articles #34-42 and Article 7 Reconsidered

ARTICLE 34: Fire Department Tender Truck. On 5/2/11 a motion for NO ACTION FAILED 83-57 after a standing count. On 5/3/11 a motion was made by the Fire Chief for $350,000 to be borrowed. An amendment to make this a debt exclusion PASSED Clear Majority. The Fire Chief’s Motion then PASSED after a standing count of 112 For, 52 Against.

ARTICLE 7 RECONSIDERED: FY 2012 Operating Budget New Amount $29,811,188.97 (2 1/2% increase + New Growth) – Amendment by Joe Regan added $7,000 to the budget for a tree warden – Amendment passed on 5/2/11 after a standing count. Article PASSED Unanimous on 5/2/11. On 5/3/11 an additional $125,000 is now added to include insurance proceeds from collapsed DPW Barn, to be used for a temporary DPW structure. An amendment by Ken Weismantel PASSED Clear Majority. Article then PASSED Clear Majority.

ARTICLE 35: ADA Upgrades $138,000. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority.

ARTICLE 36: Middle School Wiring Upgrade $95,000. PASSED Unanimous.

ARTICLE 37: Middle School Auditorium Upgrade $47,000. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 38: Community Preservation Recommendations $862,500 Historical Society Records Preservation, Replace Library Access Ramp, Historic Preservation of Town Records, Kiosk for Cameron Woods, Center Trail Improvements, CAA Terry Farm Barn Upgrades. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 39: Appropriation Committee Membership By-Law Change. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 40: Printing of Town Report Without ATM Warrant. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 41: Tobacco Use by Minors. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 42: Registered Sex Offender Restrictions. PASSED Clear Majority

Town Meeting 101

Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 1
Monday, May 2, 2011
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Middle School Auditorium
To reconvene for Day 2 at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in the Middle School Auditorium. Annual Town Meeting typically lasts at least two evenings.

Town Meeting 101

If you have never been to Town Meeting before, you may not know what to expect. As such, we decided to compile this guide to help you know what to expect.

You do not need to bring anything to Town Meeting. However, many people find that bringing a notebook and pen or pencil is helpful to make notes during the discussions. No food or drink is allowed in the Middle School Auditorium. There is a drinking fountain outside the auditorium. Many people also find that something to occupy one’s hands is helpful. If you are a knitter, for example, bring a small project. There are plenty of padded stationary folding auditorium style chairs, which are reasonably comfortable. But remember you’ll be there for a long time, so wear comfortable clothes.

Town Meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium. Enter by Grove Street and please allow time to park and walk to the building. As you enter the Middle School, head to the left to the cafeteria to sign in. To actually vote in the auditorium, you must be a Hopkinton resident registered to vote and you must sign in at the voter table. Your name will be checked off and you’ll be given a piece of paper. Hold on to this piece of paper; you will need it when it is time for the votes to be counted! You’ll see a table of handouts and fact sheets regarding all the proposed article to be voted on from both the town boards and committees. There is some terrific information here that may answer many of your questions. Listening devices for the hearing impaired will be available, please ask when you check in.

You do not have to be present for the entire town meeting to vote, though the more that participate in whole, the more balanced the democratic process. A quorum of 100 people is required to open the meeting. There is no set time to check in. The meeting will be broadcast live via HCAM TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30), but you MUST be present to vote. You just need to check in prior to the vote, whenever you arrive. You only have to check in once, and you can come and go from the auditorium as you please. You can text (with phone switched to silent mode) from within the auditorium, although there is minimal cell coverage. Step outside to make a phone call.

The Board of Selectmen (RJ Dourney, Chair) presides over the meeting, which is facilitated by the Town Moderator (Dr. Bruce Karlin) and recorded by the Town Clerk (Ann M. Click). The format of the meeting itself follows Robert’s Rules of Order. Articles are presented, motions made, discussions ensue. Sometimes it can be a little confusing if an amendment comes up, so keep your ears open. Listen carefully — and you’ll learn a lot. There are 58 articles on the warrant (agenda) for Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting.

NEW THIS YEAR! As one of the first orders of business at this year’s Annual Town Meeting, there will be a single motion to take “no action” on all of the articles listed on the Consent Calendar (Articles #2, 19, 27, 30, 50, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58). After the motion is made, the Moderator will call out the numbers of the articles, one by one. Any voter who would like to ask a question about one of the articles or wishes to hold a debate on one of the articles should say the word “hold” in a loud voice when the article number is called by the Moderator. The Moderator will inquire as to whether the request is for a question or for debate. If the purpose of the request is to ask a question, an attempt will be made to quickly obtain a satisfactory answer. If the purpose is to hold the article for debate, the article will be removed from the Consent Calendar and restored to its original place in the Warrant to be moved, debated and voted in the usual manner. It is hoped that voters will remove articles from the Consent Calendar only in cases of genuine concern. After calling the individual articles on the Consent Calendar, the Moderator will ask for a vote to take “no action” on all of the articles remaining on the Consent Calendar.

The committee or board presenting each article may make a brief presentation before each article. The Town Moderator, Dr. Karlin, will facilitate a question and answer period for registered residents. If you choose to ask a question or comment on an article, step up to one of the microphones located in the auditorium aisles. Wait for the moderator, to recognize you, then state your name and address, and keep your comments brief, civil, and to the point. Passion is absolutely allowed. The comment, question and answer period will end when either #1 the moderator sees that no one else is waiting at the microphone to speak or #2 a voter comes to the microphone, is recognized by the moderator, and says “I move the question” or “I call the question.” The motion to end debate must then be seconded and then adopted by a ⅔ vote.

As for the actual voting, most votes start as a voice vote. The moderator asks all in favor and all opposed. If the voice vote sounds close, it will go to a standing count. The moderator will ask all in favor to stand up. Now is the time to get out that piece of paper! Hold out your paper and remain standing until the counters for your section have indicated that your vote has been recorded.

Although you can leave at any time, we recommend you do NOT leave until the meeting is officially adjourned. Someone may ask for a recount, and if a large group has already left, the outcome could be different, especially if the original vote was close. The meeting is typically adjourned at 11:00 p.m. and reconvened at 7:00 p.m. the next day. Town Meeting typically lasts at least two evenings, although in some years it has gone as long as three or four evenings in a row. If you have any other questions about Town Meeting, please ask!

(Thank you to the folks at DuxburyCares for giving us the Survival Guide idea!)

Recaps of the School Forum and Library Meeting, Correction about tonight’s School Committee Meeting

RECAP: Elementary School Building Project Community Forum/Listening Session

Residents raise concerns, press for fixes at Hopkinton’s Center School
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:12 AM Read more.
If you were unable to attend the forum you are encouraged to email the Selectmen and School Committee with your feedback and constructive suggestions. Emails: selectmen@hopkinton.org, rebeccarobaksc@gmail.com, jeanber65@hotmail.com, nancyb88@hotmail.com, rdemont@demontlaw.com, troymick@verizon.net

RECAP: Joint Meeting about the Proposed New Library

Hopkinton Historic District Commission Explains Vote
By Gene Cassidy/HopkintonPatch
April 27, 2011
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/hopkinton-historic-district-commission-explains-vote

Commission stands behind Hopkinton Library vote
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, MetroWest Daily News
Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:07 AM Read more.

Thursday, April 28 – TONIGHT
@ 7:30 pm at Middle School Library
School Committee Meeting
CORRECTION – Tonight’s meeting is a regular school committee meeting, the public hearing on School Choice will be on May 12 instead. [This was Educate Hopkinton’s mistake. We regret the error.]

Annual Town Meeting Begins Next Week
Monday, May 2 @ 7:00pm at the Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St.
Continuing on Tuesday, May 3 @ 7:00pm and consecutive nights as needed.
Read the Hopkinton Annual Town Report
Read the Town Meeting Warrant (List of the 58 articles on the agenda)
Stay tuned for our Town Meeting 101 coming next week. With 58 articles on the warrant, Town Meeting almost certainly go for at least two evenings this year. (Some years it has even gone for four evenings.) We’re pleased to report that the Middle School Auditorium is a more comfortable location than the HS Gym.

Thursday, May 12
@ 7:30 pm at Middle School Library
School Committee Public Hearing and Meeting
The School Committee holds its annual public hearing on School Choice. Every year they must decide by June 1 if Hopkinton will accept school choice students the following year. We have NOT accepted school choice students for several years, however Hopkinton students may still go out of district to other towns that accept school choice students. This year 15.5 students attend out of Hopkinton via School Choice and 34 students attend public charter schools out of Hopkinton.

Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Important Elementary School Forum Tonight, and Town Meeting Next Week

Wednesday, April 27 – TONIGHT!
Elementary School Building Project Community Forum/Listening Session
@ 7:00-9:00pm at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. (
Directions)
The Board of Selectmen and School Committee will host a community forum/listening session related to the Elementary School Building Project tonight. The Educate Hopkinton Steering Committee urges all residents with an opinion on this subject to attend. The event will be held at the Senior Center from 7:00-9:00pm. The public is encouraged to attend to give feedback on the challenges and commonalities of the most recent proposal, as well as to weigh in on the process, context and communication regarding next steps in the process. Anyone who is unable to attend the forum is encouraged to e-mail the School Committee with their feedback and constructive suggestions. Emails: selectmen@hopkinton.org;rebeccarobaksc@gmail.com;jeanber65@hotmail.com;nancyb88@hotmail.com;rdemont@demontlaw.com;troymick@verizon.net

Wednesday, April 27
@ 7:00 pm at Town Hall, Lower Level

Joint meeting with the Historic District Commission, Library Trustees and the Permanent Building Committee. Check out the “Virtual Tour” of the Library’s proposed expansion. It is a great way to visualize the proposed project. For more information visit http://www.hopkintonlibrary.org/hopkinton/expansionhome.asp where you can view the project documents, time line, FAQ or to take the virtual tour.

Wednesday, April 27
@ 7:00 pm at Town Hall, Room 211

Appropriations Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 28
@ 7:30 pm at Middle School Library

School Committee Meeting
CORRECTION – This Thursday’s meeting is a regular school committee meeting, the public hearing on school choice will be on May 12 instead.

Annual Town Meeting Begins Next Week
Monday, May 2 @ 7:00pm at the Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St.
Continuing on Tuesday, May 3 @ 7:00pm and consecutive nights as needed.

Read the Hopkinton Annual Town Report
Read the Town Meeting Warrant (List of the 58 articles on the agenda)
Stay tuned for our “Town Meeting 101” coming next week. With 58 articles on the warrant, Town Meeting will almost certainly go for at least two evenings this year. (Some years it has even gone for four evenings.) We’re pleased to report that the Middle School Auditorium is a more comfortable location than the HS Gym.

Thursday, May 12
@ 7:30pm at the Middle School Library
School Committee Meeting and Public Hearing
The School Committee holds its annual public hearing on School Choice on May 12. Every year they must decide by June 1 if Hopkinton will accept school choice students the following year. We have NOT accepted school choice students for several years, however Hopkinton students may still go out of district to other towns that accept school choice students. This year 15.5 students attend schools out of Hopkinton via School Choice and 34 students attend charter schools outside of Hopkinton.

Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Upcoming Forums and Meetings

For locations and details visit http://www.educatehopkinton.com/calendar.html. Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Wednesday, April 6
@ 7:00 pm Appropriations Committee Meeting
@ 8:00 pm HPTA State of the Schools Forum

Thursday, April 7
@ 7:30pm School Committee Meeting

Friday, April 8
@ 7:45am Center School Council Meeting
@ 5:00pm Republican Town Caucus
@ 7:30pm Democratic Town Caucus

Monday, April 11
@ 7:00pm Appropriations Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 12
Last Day to Register to Vote (if not already registered) for May Town Meeting and Election!
@ 2:45pm Elmwood School Council Meeting
@ 6:00pm Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, April 13
@ 7:00pm Center School Forum
@ 7:00pm Library Expansion Forum
@ 7:00pm Appropriations Committee Meeting

Saturday, April 16
@ 11:00am Library Expansion Forum

For locations and details visit http://www.educatehopkinton.com/calendar.html. Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

May Annual Town Meeting Warrant Closed

Last Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen finalized the agenda (aka warrant) for Annual Town Meeting, which begins on Monday, May 2 at 7:00pm. Please save the date to attend the Annual Town Meeting and come vote on important issues that shape our town. All articles in connection with the proposed new K-5 School on Fruit Street were removed at the School Committee’s request due to the failed vote. A group of citizen petitioners who had previously submitted three non-binding warrant articles and ballot questions regarding alternate grade configurations for a new school have requested that the three articles be removed from the warrant and ballot. The questions were removed from the ballot, but it was too late for them to be removed from the warrant. It is expected that they will be withdrawn on the floor of Town Meeting. Citizens who had originally submitted the three petitions were Glen Layton, Christian Ollenborger, Wendy Ollenborger, James Hoyt, Carrie Hoyt, Frank Fiore, Meghan Fiore, Kevin Kohrt, Susan McCarthy, Sue Layton, Aimee Graeber, Jane Moran, Amy Hibel, Veda Kerr, Caroline Bolick, Cheryl McIntire and Joanna DeMartino.

There are two articles regarding the Hopkinton Public Library on the May Town Warrant:

  • Article #53 Approve schematic design recommended by Permanent Building Committee
  • Article #49 Approve request for zoning change of 13 Main and 9 Church Streets from Residential A to Downtown business district

Both are NO COST votes. The link to the Library Expansion Project website is http://hopkintonlibrary.org/hopkinton/libraryexpansion.asp

Read the Warrant http://ehop01748.org/2011-TownMeeting/2011ATMWarrant-FINAL.pdf