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As part of a new office hour initiative, the Hopkinton School Committee would like to announce office hours for the school committee at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 10 at Cornell’s, 229 Hayden Rowe St.

Their intention will be to have one per month, hosted at different locations.

Tonight’s School Budget Public Hearing is Still On

If you can only attend one School Committee meeting a year, this is the most important meeting to attend!

After the public’s input at the hearing tonight the School Committee will consider making any changes they decide are necessary to the Superintendent’s budget before submitting the budget to the Town Manager. If you think something should be added or cut from the budget, this is your chance to speak up. If you are unable to attend Thursday, please email your comments to the School Committee before the meeting. Click here to email the School Committee.

Thursday, January 27
Middle School Library
6:30pm – School Committee Office Hours
7:30pm – Public Hearing on the Budget

Superintendent’s Preliminary Budget

High School
Middle School
Athletic Department
The following budget summaries are not yet posted: Special Education, Buildings & Grounds, Central Office, Center, Elmwood, Hopkins and Technology.


Thumbs Up:

  • Class Size – Average elementary class sizes are projected to remain close in size to last year. Grades K-1 are projected to have about 21 students per class and Grades 2-5 are projected to have about 22-25 students per class.
  • Fees – The Superintendent’s preliminary budget includes no fee increases to parents.
  • Math Tutors – Continued funding of math tutors enhances the school district’s ability to help struggling and at risk students.
  • Hopkins – Budget includes new funding to enhance the English Language Arts program at Hopkins.
  • Middle School – Reinstatement of a Grade 6 teacher prevents class size from exceeding 25 students.
  • High School – Budget includes the addition of a High School Mandarin Chinese teacher, which is currently being funded by a grant from the federal government.

Thumbs Down:

  • Staff – Budget requests 435.6 total staff members for the 2011-12 school year. While this is a slight increase over last year (3.3), it is a total decrease of 20.3 staff members since the 2006-07 school year. Enrollment has increased by 8 students since 2006-07.
  • Class Sizes – Grade 3 average class sizes are expected to increase to 23 students per class next year. Grade 4 average class sizes are expected to increase to 25 students per class next year.
  • Elmwood/Hopkins – Continued sharing of an Assistant Principal at Elmwood and Hopkins continues to stress the operational demands at these schools.
  • Technology – Continued elimination of a dedicated technology teacher for each school adversely impacts the way in which technology is woven into the daily curriculum.
  • Foreign Language – Budget does NOT include a Foreign Language teacher at Hopkins, which places it off-track for meeting the Strategic Plan goal of offering foreign language in elementary school by 2014.
  • Middle School – Budget does not include the request of two additional days per Middle School guidance counselor, which impedes their ability to ensure students’ schedules are accurate, that students have been properly placed, and that universal screening reports are prepared for teachers prior to the beginning of school.
  • High School – The percentage of High School classes over 25 students will increase from 17% this year to 21% next year. History and Math are the greatest areas of concern with 29% of classes over 25 students.

Please Attend Thursday’s Public Hearing on the 2011-12 School Budget

If you can only attend one School Committee meeting a year, this is the most important meeting to attend!

After the public’s input at the hearing on Thursday the School Committee will consider making any changes they decide are necessary to the Superintendent’s budget before submitting the budget to the Town Manager. If you think something should be added or cut from the budget, this is your chance to speak up. If you are unable to attend Thursday, please email your comments to the School Committee before the meeting. Click here to email the School Committee.

Thursday, January 27
Middle School Library
6:30pm – School Committee Office Hours
7:30pm – Public Hearing on the Budget

Superintendent’s Preliminary Budget

High School
Middle School
Athletic Department
The following budget summaries are not yet posted, but will be available at http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/budget.php before Thursday’s meeting: Special Education, Buildings & Grounds, Central Office, Center, Elmwood, Hopkins and Technology.


Thumbs Up:

  • Class Size – Average elementary class sizes are projected to remain close in size to last year. Grades K-1 are projected to have about 21 students per class and Grades 2-5 are projected to have about 22-25 students per class.
  • Fees – The Superintendent’s preliminary budget includes no fee increases to parents.
  • Math Tutors – Continued funding of math tutors enhances the school district’s ability to help struggling and at risk students.
  • Hopkins – Budget includes new funding to enhance the English Language Arts program at Hopkins.
  • Middle School – Reinstatement of a Grade 6 teacher prevents class size from exceeding 25 students.
  • High School – Budget includes the addition of a High School Mandarin Chinese teacher, which is currently being funded by a grant from the federal government.

Thumbs Down:

  • Staff – Budget requests 435.6 total staff members for the 2011-12 school year. While this is a slight increase over last year (3.3), it is a total decrease of 20.3 staff members since the 2006-07 school year. Enrollment has increased by 8 students since 2006-07.
  • Class Sizes – Grade 3 average class sizes are expected to increase to 23 students per class next year. Grade 4 average class sizes are expected to increase to 25 students per class next year.
  • Elmwood/Hopkins – Continued sharing of an Assistant Principal at Elmwood and Hopkins continues to stress the operational demands at these schools.
  • Technology – Continued elimination of a dedicated technology teacher for each school adversely impacts the way in which technology is woven into the daily curriculum.
  • Foreign Language – Budget does NOT include a Foreign Language teacher at Hopkins, which places it off-track for meeting the Strategic Plan goal of offering foreign language in elementary school by 2014.
  • Middle School – Budget does not include the request of two additional days per Middle School guidance counselor, which impedes their ability to ensure students’ schedules are accurate, that students have been properly placed, and that universal screening reports are prepared for teachers prior to the beginning of school.
  • High School – The percentage of High School classes over 25 students will increase from 17% this year to 21% next year. History and Math are the greatest areas of concern with 29% of classes over 25 students.

Full Day Kindergarten, Budget Season Starting and Rep Dykema Office Hours

Welcome to Fall!
School is back in session, and that means it’s time to start thinking about next year! The budgeting process for the next fiscal year will begin soon, and there already has been news about how the 2010/2011 full-day kindergarten pilot will likely be cut back to one classroom due to space constraints. Click below to view how Hopnews, HCAM, and Metrowest Daily News all recently reported on the School Committee’s meeting to discuss the full-day kindergarten situation and stay tuned for more updates from Educate Hopkinton on the budgeting process.

Recent Full-Day Kindergarten Articles :

High School Shines in NEASC Report; Center School Improvements and Full-Day K Take Baby Steps http://www.hcam.tv/news/09-09/SC-09-17-09.shtml

Hopkinton May Trim Full-day Kindergarten Amibitions http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1692318351/Hopkinton-forced-to-cut-back-kindergarten-program

Lottery Proposed for Full-day Kindergarten http://hopnews.com/

Representative Dykema Office Hours : And the updates aren’t just local! There has been a lot of activity at the State House including discussions about researching new formulas for state education funding, changing the existing bus law to allow towns to have a fee for all bus users (not just those outside of the 2-mile radius), and tax relief for things like school fees. If you have questions or comments about these or other state issues, stop in to meet with Representative Carolyn Dykema on Sept 28th at Hopkinton Gourmet from 10:00 to 11:00. Any resident who would like to speak with Representative Dykema and is unable to attend office hours should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or at leah.robins@state.ma.us to set up a personal appointment.

Encourage Your Friends and Family to Stay Informed!
As you get back into the swing of things this fall, think about who else might be interested in learning about school, budget, and other town-related issues. Encourage your friends and family to sign up for our informational emails by going to our website at www.educatehopkinton.com

Rep. Dykema/Sen. Spilka Office Hours, Election Results, and School Committee Meeting Agenda

State Representative Carolyn Dykema and State Senator Karen Spilka will be holding office hours in Hopkinton on Monday, June 15 at 9:30-11:00 AM at the Hopkinton Public Library.

Official results of the 2009 Town Meeting and Town Election are now posted on the Town Clerk’s website: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/townmeeting.htm

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30PM in the Middle School Library. The agenda is available online: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/agenda_minutes/Agendas/2006_2007/AGENDA_6_11_09.htm Please note that the possible Transportation Policy changes being discussed are for the 2010-11 school year, NOT for this fall.

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Selectmen Meetings Update & Legislators’ Office Hours


Dear Educate Hopkinton Subscriber –

The town budget process for FY10 is already underway.  The Selectmen voted 4-1 on February 7 not to consider an override for the FY10 budget.  They are currently considering whether to take the annual 2 1/2% allowed by the state.  It is always appropriate to e-mail the Selectmen and/or School Committee and let them know your thoughts regarding the options available.  

In addition, Senator Karen Spilka will be holding office hours in Hopkinton on Friday, 2/13 at 10 am at the Hopkinton Town Hall.  Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding office hours in Hopkinton on 2/23 at 9 am at the Hopkinton Gourmet.  Please stop by and ask your questions or share your thoughts regarding the state budget and implications for Hopkinton.

School Committee:Nancy Burdick:  nancyb88@hotmail.com   
Phil Totino:  ptotino@comcast.net    
Rebecca Robak:  rebeccarobak@aol.com
Richard deMont:  rdemont@demontlaw.com        
Dave Stoldt:  stoldt@comcast.net

Selectmen:

Brian Herr:  bherr@wesco.com
Mary Pratt:  mpratt102@aol.com
Mike Shepard:  mwshepa@verizon.net
Matt Zettek:  mezettekjr@aol.com
RJ Dourney:  rj@hearthstonea.com


The presentations given to the School Committee on 1/8, 1/15, and 1/22 by the High School, Middle School, Athletic Department Special Education, Buildings and Grounds, Elementary Schools, Technology Department and Central Office have been posted on the School Committee website.  Dr. Phelan submitted his preliminary budget to the School Committee on December 18.  Follow this link to see the above-listed information: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/budget.php. 

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