Category Archives: MCAS

Public Hearing on 2017-18 School Budget 1/9/17

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The Hopkinton School Committee will conduct a Public Hearing on its proposed budget for 2017-18 at 7:00 PM in the High School Library on Monday, January 9, 2017.  It is expected to be televised on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30/Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). The School Committee’s budget will be available for the public to examine at the Superintendent’s Office on Friday, January 6. Administrators originally requested a 6.99% increase (+$2,862,135) over the current school year, but that was reduced to a 4.66% increase  (+$1,907,069) in the 11-17-16 Preliminary Budget Presentation. However, in the most recent School Committee Budget Presentation from 12-15-16 that number was reduced to a request a 4.13% increase (+$1,688,410). Please see the  budget documents posted below for more information.

Give Input Before the Vote:

The committee is scheduled to vote on the Superintendent’s budget recommendation on January 9, so if you have questions, comments or concerns, you should voice them ahead of time or come to the meeting in person to voice them there. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

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

Selectmen to Vote on Budget 3/15/16

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At the March 1 Board of Selectmen Meeting the Town Manager presented FY17 Town Budget Comprehensive Budget and Financing Plan, after feedback from the Selectmen it has been revised for the next Selectmen’s meeting. Per the Town Charter the Board of Selectmen must either adopt or amend Town Manager’s budget, and submit to the Appropriation Committee by March 15. There have been some news articles about the budget discussions at the 3/1 and 3/8 Selectmen’s meetings.

Board of Selectmen Meeting
Tuesday, March 15 at 6:45pm, Town Hall Room 215
Televised Live on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming at hcam.tv)
Public comment period at 6:45pm at the beginning of the meeting.

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:

School Forums This Week – Common Core and Strategic Plan

HPS Administration

Hopkinton Public Schools Common Core Public Forum
Tuesday, June 17 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
Middle School Library

Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Mr. Robert Berlo will hold a community forum next week. This will provide the community an opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification on concerns that have been expressed and misunderstandings that have been communicated regarding the relationships between PARCC, MCAS, Common Core, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

6/17 and 6/19 – HPS Strategic Plan Forums

  • June 17 @ 12:30pm in the Fire Station Training Room (upstairs)
  • June 19 @ 6:30pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Hopkinton School Committee in conjunction with the Superintendent, Steering Committee and Administrative Team has developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. We are thankful for all of the public input gathered through public forums and survey data and are ready to share the results. The following dates have been selected to provide opportunity for public comment prior to the School Committee’s vote to accept the plan. We encourage you to attend so that your voice can be heard.

 Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop – POSTPONED

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • After thoughtful consideration, the Visioning Steering Group (appointed by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen) agreed to re-schedule the Community Workshop, which was scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6 pm. The Steering Group, in consultation with Town Hall staff and the consultants, agreed that a detailed plan for public input needed to be developed and that any attempt at creating a vision for Hopkinton would greatly benefit only from a wide range of opinions of Hopkinton residents and organizations. We appreciate your interest in the June 18 workshop and you will be invited to participate in future workshops, which are expected to be held in September.More information to come. In the meantime, your continued discussion will help in shaping the discussions in September. Click Mindmixer to join the conversation.

Other Notes and News Updates

2011 MCAS Results Available 
See how Hopkinton compares to other towns http://www.boston.com/news/special/education/mcas/scores11/results/hopkinton.htm
Hopkinton MCAS results a mixed bag By Michael Morton/Daily News staff http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/mobiletopstories/x1499152099/Hopkinton-MCAS-results-a-mixed-bag#axzz1ZkRK3z38

 Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) Public Forum October 18 – 7:00 PM 
The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold a public forum on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM in Room 211 of the Town Hall, at which time it would like to hear ideas that Town Boards, Committees, officials, organizations and the general public have with respect to desired changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures. This is an opportunity to propose changes to the permitted land uses in specific areas in Hopkinton, and other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites you to the hearing to present your ideas and suggestions and to submit ideas/proposals in writing, especially if you cannot be present. It is recommended that a written summary of the idea or proposal be emailed (elainel@hopkinton.org) or sent to Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting, at Town Hall prior to October 13. For more information, please email or call Elaine Lazarus at 508-497-9755.

Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Applications Due
The Hopkinton Community Preservation Committee is now accepting applications for project funding for Fiscal Year 2013. CPA funding can be used for the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, for the acquisition and preservation of historic resources, for the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use, and for the creation, preservation and support of affordable housing. Individuals and groups interested in applying can download the Proposal Guidelines for Use of Hopkinton CPA Funds and application from the CPC website. Completed applications must be received by October 21, 2011 to be considered. They can be faxed or emailed to the above contact or mailed to: Town of Hopkinton – Land Use, Planning and Permitting Department, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Parks & Recreation Commission Survey 
The Parks and Recreation Commission is conducting a comprehensive survey of residents to gather feedback on the status, condition and use of the town’s recreational facilities (parks, fields, beaches, etc.), on the programs currently being offered to residents, as well as solicit input on new programs to offer in upcoming seasons. Please take a minute to weigh-in and take their survey: http://www.sa-surveys.com/survey/374622/2ee1/

Meet Superintendent Landman – Community Dialogues 
If you have not yet had a chance to attend one of these sessions, we highly recommend them. It is a great chance to get to know Dr. Landman and express what you like and don’t like about the Hopkinton Public Schools. 

  • Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Hopkins School Library

Potential Tax Increase, Special Town Meeting Scheduled, School Finance Update and District MCAS Results

Tax Increase May Be Needed
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) indicated at its October 19, 2009 meeting that any state cut in local aid may now have to be covered solely by raising property taxes. As we noted in our last e-mail, the state is facing a severe tax revenue shortage and town funding from the state has already fallen short of earlier predictions, with more potential cuts looming. Town officials had discussed trimming department budgets or incorporating unspent cash from previous years to cover the potential funding gap Hopkinton will face because of state cuts, but the cash has not been released yet by the state.

Special Town Meeting for Wastewater Treatment Plant
The BOS has posted a special Town Meeting for December 14, with a December 21 snow date.The warrant for the meeting opens this Thursday (October 22) and closes Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The main purpose of the Special Town Meeting is to request funding for the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility project. While the town’s unspent budget money could be state-certified and available for additional spending by December, the BOS is asking town departments not to make any requests. For more on this issue, see Hopkinton Town Meeting to Focus on Sewage Plant at http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1718695307/Hopkinton-Town-Meeting-to-focus-on-sewage-plant

School Finances

The October 15, 2009 School Committee focused on finances and the district’s MCAS results. Cost-saving measures discussed included the Middle School NSTAR project, a transition plan to cover the maternity leave of the Director of Student Services, and a creative agreement to bring new funding sources online with a license agreement with local business, Phipps Insurance. The School Committee directed the School Department to continue to look for efficiencies and institute a freeze on non-essential spending. They discussed the potential further cuts to local aid for FY10, and planned an e-mail to the Town Manager indicating their support for any and all potential sources of revenue to be fully explored prior to making further cuts to the FY10 Budget. Superintendent Phelan noted that there has never been such a low balance in the Circuit Breaker Account, which is used for pay for state mandated, but unfunded, special education costs.

District MCAS Results
In addition to the finance discussion, Dr. Mary Colombo also gave a presentation on the MCAS results–citing promising scores in English Language Arts for grades 3 through 6 and in Math for grades 3 and 6. But she also noted the challenges in Math for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8, and in Science across the elementary and middle school grades. For more information, see the following articles: