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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

School Budget Update

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The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod has presented a total preliminary budget for FY 17 of $39,143,441, representing a 4.31% increase over the FY 16 budget.  However, School Departments will continue to present their parts of the budget separately to the School Committee at the December 17 and January 7 meetings, with a public hearing on the budget scheduled for January 21.  By February 1, the School Committee will vote to adopt its FY 17 budget, allowing time for the community input along the way.

According to the Superintendent’s budget summary, the proposed budget includes, “increased staffing to support priority initiatives: reading coaches, English Language Learner teachers, Elementary Adjustment Counselor, BCBA [Board Certified Behavior Analyst], and Maintenance,” as well as “school facilities that support effective instruction: High School physics lab and library, Middle School engineering classroom, and painting, carpeting and lockers.”

At Center School, Principal Lauren Dubeau requested a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) clinician as well as an additional .5 intensive special needs teacher.  According to the proposed budget, there are currently 8 students requiring intensive special needs for FY 17, with a high level of need, including an alternate curriculum, general education modifications, daily data collection and communication with families. 

Center and Elmwood Schools put in for a shared literacy coach.  In the budget request explained, “A literacy coach is a professional development liaison to the school to support, model and continuously improve instructional programs to assure reading improvement for all students.”

Elmwood School also requested an increase in the number of moderate learning specialists from 5.5 FTE to 6.0 FTE in order to increase the number of co-taught classroom from 1 per grade to 2 per grade for a total of 4 in the building.  This increase would also reportedly allow increased flexibility to offer inclusion services in a wider range of classrooms. 

Hopkins requested the addition of an Adjustment Counselor to provide social-emotional support to regular and special education classes.  According to the executive summary of the Hopkins proposed budget, “Student need, as evidenced by student surveys and teacher/parent referrals for support, has been increasing at Hopkins.”

This Thursday, December 17, Middle School, High School and the Athletics Department will present their preliminary budgets at the School Committee meeting which begins at 7:00 in the Middle School library.  There is an opportunity to express opinions to the School Committee during the public comment portions of the meeting or the School Committee may be reached by email at hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.  The January 21 public hearing of the School Committee is another opportunity to express opinions, priorities or concerns about the budget proposals before the School Committee votes to adopt a budget.

Budget Documents for Your Reference:

More School Budget Presentations

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At the Thursday, December 10 School Committee meeting, the following FY17 budget presentations are on the agenda:

  • Center School Budget Presentation – Mrs. Dubeau
  • Elmwood School Budget Presentation – Mrs. Carver
  • Hopkins School Budget Presentation – Mr. Kearnan
  • Special Education Budget Presentation – Dr. Zaleski
  • Prioritization of Capital Requests

None of the new budget documents were available on the school website yet as of 5pm on the day of the meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments are scheduled near the end of the meeting, about 8:45pm. Barring technical difficulties, you may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda.

 Update:

Some of the budget presentations were posted to the district website on Monday, December 14:

Time to Give Input:

If you have questions, comments or concerns, now is a good time to voice them while budgets are not yet final. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

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

Budget Documents Already Presented:

New School Vote – Results & Next Steps

Article 1 - New School - Exterior View from Southeast

Question 1 – New Elementary School PASSES

  • Yes 1211
  • No 431

After passing both the Special Town Meeting and Special Town Election votes by overwhelming majorities, the new elementary school has kicked off into the next phase– design development. During the design development phase, the Elementary School Building Committee will work with DRA architects and Compass Project Management to go deeper in detail on each element of the school’s site and building design.  The detailed design will elaborate on the schematic design plans already completed with more complex and specific details.  With funding now secure, the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) approved contract amendments at their November 12 meeting for both Compass and DRA to extend the contracts through construction phases.

ESBC Chair, Joe Markey said, “The ESBC is happy with the results [of the Special Town Election] and eager to move forward with the community on this important project.  While the nature of the work changes as we move into detailed design, the ESBC remains committed to the principles of inclusiveness and engagement that earned the project the level of community trust that the recent votes demonstrate.”

According to the schedule the ESBC has set, construction on the new school will break ground in the fall of 2016 for a September 2018 opening.

Vote Monday – New School and Parks & Rec Facility

All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, November 9. There are two debt-exclusion ballot questions. Although voters at the October 26 Special Town Meeting voted to borrow money for both the new school and the parks and recreation facility in order for the projects to go forward, the voters must also pass a debt exclusion at the ballot under proposition 2 1/2 to authorize a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for these two projects.


 

Article 1 - New School - Exterior View from Southeast

Question 1:

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 bonds issued in order to construct a new Early Elementary School and related site development on Town-owned property located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton to replace the existing Center Elementary School? Read more details about this project in our previous blog post.

  • 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.

 

Article 8 - Fruit Street Indoor Athletic Facility

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 to fund engineering designs and construction services related to the construction of an indoor recreational facility/athletic center at the Fruit Street Athletic Fields? Read more details about this project in our previous blog post.

  • 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.

New School & Indoor Recreational Facility Pass First Hurdles

Special Town Meeting October 26, 2015

Unofficial Results – Special Town Meeting – Monday, October 26
Read the Special Town Meeting Warrant
Live Warrant Article Tracker Spreadsheet

  1. School Building Project  – $43,229,373 PASSED
  2. Oliver Lane Retaining Wall – $320,000 from Free Cash PASSED
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Year – $10,701.69 Free Cash  PASSED
    1. Ride Rite Medi-Van, Inc. $1,406.25
    2.  Mark Abrahams $6,000.00
    3. Verizon $48.20
    4. Hopkinton Lumber $3.05
    5. Hopkinton Lumber $14.38
    6. Utilitronics $461.17
    7. Wheelabrator $2,768.64
  4. FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – $1,044,346.38 from Free Cash PASSED
  5. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 from Free Cash PASSED
  6. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118  from Free Cas PASSED
  7. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses – All items except item i. PASSED together in one vote.
    1. Purchase Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    2. Replace Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    3. Replace Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    4. Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    5. Upgrade to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    6. Cleanup Snow Dump located off Cedar Street  – DPW – $140,000
    7. Purchase Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    8. Construct Elmwood Farm Parking Area  – Town Manager – $40,000
    9. Construct Expansion to Police Department Parking Lot  – Town Manager – $75,000 PASSED Yes 154 No 75
    10. Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    11. Install Test Wells at Whitehall Property – DPW – $35,000
    12. Procure Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis  – DPW – $140,000
  8. Fruit Street Indoor Recreational Facility/Athletic Center -Construction – Appropriation Committee first made a motion for NO ACTION which FAILED Yes 74 No 164. Then the Parks & Recreation Commission made a motion to borrow $500,000.
    • An amendment was made by Ron Clark to use Free Cash rather than borrow the money via a debt exclusion. Amendment FAILED Yes 39 to No 172
    • Vote on the main motion for $500,000 Debt Exclusion PASSED Yes 154 No 67
  9. Vehicle Purchase – Assessors Department – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  10. Vendor Contract for Personal Property Services – Assessors Department – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  11. Zoning Map Change – 79, 81, 83 Hayden Rowe Street – Property Owner’s Petition – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED

Both the New School Project and the Indoor Recreational Facility are debt exclusions and require a vote at Special Town Election on Monday, May 9. Stay tuned…

Special Town Meeting Begins at 7:00pm @ HS Athletic Center

Special Town Meeting October 26, 2015

Hopkinton Special Town Meeting
Monday, October 26 at 7:00-11:00pm
High School Athletic Center – New Location!
Read the Special Town Meeting Warrant
Live Warrant Article Tracker Spreadsheet – Updated throughout the evening by Town Hall

There are 11 articles to vote on in the warrant. We expect Special Town Meeting will only last one evening and may finish before 11:00pm.

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As usual Educate Hopkinton will be live tweeting from Special Town Meeting to let you know the results of each vote as it happens. Follow us @educate01748.

  1. School Building Project  – $43 million
  2. Oliver Lane Retaining Wall – $320,000
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Year – Free Cash*
  4. FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – Free Cash*
  5. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund ≈ $300,000 – Free Cash*
  6. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund ≈ $411,118  – Free Cash*
  7. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses – Free Cash*
    1. Purchase Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    2. Replace Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    3. Replace Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    4. Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    5. Upgrade to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    6. Cleanup Snow Dump located off Cedar Street  – DPW – $140,000
    7. Purchase Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    8. Procure Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis  – DPW – $140,000
    9. Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    10. Install Test Wells at Whitehall Property – DPW – $35,000
    11. Construct Elmwood Farm Parking Area  – Town Manager – $40,000
    12. Construct Expansion to Police Department Parking Lot  – Town Manager – $75,000
  8. Fruit Street Indoor Recreational Facility/Athletic Center -Construction $500,000
  9. Vehicle Purchase – Assessors Department
  10. Vendor Contract for Personal Property Services – Assessors Department – No Action is expected to be taken on this article
  11. Zoning Map Change – 79, 81, 83 Hayden Rowe Street – Property Owner’s Petition – No Action is expected to be taken on this article

*FREE CASH – The State had not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount by the May 2015 Annual Town Meeting, so these articles were held until now. Free Cash may be certified in time for the fall Town Meeting.

Photo Gallery of Special Town Meeting Articles

For your visual reference, here’s a photo gallery of other articles coming up at Special Town Meeting on October 26: