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Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

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Comey Memorial Chapel

The Commissioners of Trust Funds is a three-member three-year elected board that acts in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws. This group of elected members submits a written statement of the amount of payment and the date this payment was made to the town anytime an officer of the commonwealth makes a payment of public money to the treasurer of Hopkinton.

The Town of Hopkinton has five funds that are managed by The Commissioners of Trust Fund. The Charlies B. and Mary C. Homan Fund, in the amount of $1,500, to be used in beautifying and making the town attractive by setting out and caring for shade trees, especially on Main Street in the center of town.

The Comey Memorial Chapel Fund, in the amount of $1,000, for the care and maintenance of the Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville Hopkinton, MA. This fund requires specific and detailed conditions to be met and compiled.

The Mary A. Roche Fund, in the amount of $5,000, to be divided in June of each year to the 2 students in the graduating class of Elmwood Elementary School receiving the highest academic marks during the full school term leading up to their graduation. This is to be administered by the Hopkinton School Committee.

The Charles L. Claflin Trust Fund, in the amount of $1,000, to invest into the caring and maintenance of the Park in the center of town.

Lastly, The Bernard J. McGovern Trust, is to be used for the purchase of materials for the public library. These materials include books, videotapes, audiotapes, and music on compact disks, language tapes, magazines, periodicals, newspapers, and subscriptions used to educate, enlighten and inform the citizens of the Town. The trust also wishes for this money to be used to arrange for programs, including lectures, films, exhibitions, trips and other events of interest to the town. Also, for the purchase of computer hardware and software, and membership passes to area museums and other attractions for its public library. Continue reading Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

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:

Center School Community Workshop Sat 11/22 @ 9:00am

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The Elementary School Building Committee invites you to participate in a series of community workshops related to the Center Elementary School Feasibility Study. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Hopkinton Senior Center from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (“DRA”) to develop a Feasibility Study and Schematic Designs.  DRA has begun assessing the Center School site and other possible sites and will be meeting with school staff to conduct programming and educational planning meetings throughout the Fall.

The first public workshop will focus on gathering community input. The ESBC will hold subsequent community workshops to explore possible alternatives for the facilities plan, and will then shape specific recommendations for committee consideration.

The workshop schedule is:

Saturday, November 22: LISTENING: Gathering community input
TBD, January 2015: ALTERNATIVES: Understanding the options
TBD, March 2015: SHAPING RECOMMENDATIONS

The Center School Feasibility Study will evaluate a range of options and possibilities to address the operational and educational constraints of Center School.

WORKSHOP AGENDA

9:00 – 9:10 Informational Displays
9:10 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 9:20 Overview
9:20 – 9:35 Work Shop Overview
9:35 – 10:15 Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:25 Re-Group / Re-Cap
10:25 – 10:30 Concluding Comments

At the first of three proposed workshops, the ESBC is seeking community attendance and participation. You are invited to join them, along with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in workshop activities.  In addition, children age three and above are welcome and will participate in age-appropriate activities to also provide input.

The ESBC has put together answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the school building project and the forums.

I’ve attended previous school committee meetings about our school system. Why do I need to attend this meeting?

Your knowledge, understanding, and input are welcome and needed in this process.    This is one of the key issues facing our community; there are many issues and options to explore.  We hope that you will choose to continue to participate in this process.  

I see there are three different community workshops being scheduled over the next two months.  Should I attend all three workshops?

Yes.  The focus of each workshop is different.  The purpose of the November 22 nd workshop will be to listen to citizens and obtain community input.  In January, the focus will be on taking information from the previous workshop and developing possible alternatives for consideration. Finally, the workshop in March will focus on the specific recommendations that may be proposed to the Elementary School Building Committee.  Workshops will build on each other.

What specific topic will be discussed at this first community workshop?  

Concurrent breakout sessions will collect community input on the topics of:

  • “Containers” – the physical facilities / sites
  • “Contents” – contemporary early childhood education programming
  • “Currents” –  Hopkinton’s trends, including demographics and enrollments
  • “Children/students” – focusing on the issues and needs of students

I have ideas about what’s important for our elementary school.  How can I share those ideas with DRA and the Elementary School Building Committee?

Attend the November 22nd community workshop!  If you are unable to attend in person, please send your comments to schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov. Information sent to the email will be collected and shared with DRA.

What will be done with the results of this workshop?

DRA will use community input to shape options and recommendations that they will present to the Elementary School Building Committee.

Has the Elementary School Building Committee made any decisions about the future of Center School?

The committee has made no decisions about Center School.  All options and ideas are being considered.

When will the Elementary School Building Committee act on DRA’s study recommendations?

The Elementary School Building Committee expects to have a decision on preferred solution by March/April 2015, which will involve review and approval by the Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. DRA would complete the schematic design for the preferred solution in July 2015 for approval by the Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.  The Design and Funding request would be presented for the Town Meeting vote by Fall of 2015.

Additional information:

Co-Teaching Forum Update

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On June 3 and 4, Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod held two public forums to explain the philosophy behind co-teaching, which is one of the instructional interventions that will be offered for students who need it next year in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in Kindergarten through Grade 8. It is available for viewing on the HCAM.tv website under Programs > HCAM-ED Specials. See below for some of the relevant documents.

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School Council Parent and Community Reps Needed

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As the school year is winding down, it is a great time to think about how your support your child and make a difference in your child’s education next year! Below are the School Council opportunities for the 2014-15 school year.

Duties include: working with the principal to adopt goals for the school, identify educational needs for the student body, review the school’s budget, and formulate a school improvement plan. Each School Council includes a parent and teacher from each grade level and a community representative who does not have a child at the school. The term is two years unless otherwise noted. The dates and times of the meetings are set by the principal. For more information, please see the HPTA website.

If you’re interested in learning more about the School Council and the open positions and/or submitting your name as a candidate, please contact Lee Burns at schoolcouncil@hptaonline.com by August 29, 2014.

The current open positions are:

  • Center School
    • Parent Representative – Kindergarten (2 openings)
    • Community Representative
  • Elmwood School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 2 (2 openings)
    • Parent Representative – Grade 3 (1 year term)
    • Community Representative
  • Hopkins School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 4 (2 openings)
  • Middle School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 6
    • Community Representative
  • High School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 9

 

Town Meeting Warrant Finalized

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At last week’s meeting, the Board of Selectmen finalized the warrant (agenda) for annual Town Meeting coming up in May. Town Meeting begins Monday, May 5 at 7:00pm at the Middle School. The meeting typically adjourns at 11:00pm and is continued on consecutive evenings usually running for at least two nights. There are 42 articles on the warrant this year, we have highlighted a few key articles below, but you can Click Here to Read the Full Warrant.

  • Article #8 – Underride – This would reduce Hopkinton’s excess levy capacity (its ability to tax without an override) by $1,250,000. In recent years Hopkinton has not taxed to the full 2 1/2% increase allowed by state law and therefore has an excess levy capacity.
  • Article #14 – Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Pierce/Sabre Fit-out Rescue Equipment – Fire Dept. $112,149
    • Replacement of Two Front-Line Cruisers and One Mobile Data Terminal – Police Dept. $71,727
    • Two Building and Grounds Department Trucks – School Dept. $90,000
    • Hopkins School Ceiling Tile Replacement – School Dept. $203,000
    • Upgrade Middle School Auditorium Stage Components – School Dept. $32,000
    • Upgrade Fire Alarm System – Horns/Strobes – School Dept. $25,000
    • Joint IT Upgrades at the Center and Elmwood Schools – School Dept. $100,000
    • Hayden Rowe Drainage – DPW $80,000
    • Keefe Regional Technical School Roof $69,850
    • Read more about the Pay-As-You-Go articles…
  • Article #15 – Library Construction – $6,255,000
    • In March, Hopkinton moved up to #3 on the waiting list for a state Library Construction Grant. If Hopkinton residents approve funding for the renovation and expansion of our library at Town Meeting on May 5 and at the Town Election on May 19, then Hopkinton may proceed to signing a grant agreement with MBLC as soon as July. Once a grant agreement is signed, Hopkinton will get its first payment of the $4.5 million grant and the town may begin design refinement. The target date for opening of the renovated and expanded library is December 2016. Read more at the HPLF website.
  • Article #16 – Sidewalk Construction & Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
    • Construction of 10,000 feet of new sidewalks on various streets over the next five years, including three different spots on Ash Street and sections of Wood, Elm and East and West Main streets.
  • Article #17 – Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools $400,000
  • Article #18 – Main Fire Station Roof $400,000
  • Article #19 – International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  • Article #20 – Vactor Truck – $395,000
  • Article #21 – Evaluation Studies for School Roof Repairs (Hopkins and High School) – $30,000
  • Article #22 – School Safety and Security – $152,400
  • Article #25 – Bylaw Change: Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  • Article #32 – Zoning Bylaw Change: Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  • Article #39 – Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street (abutting Center School property)
  • Article #41 – Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street

Click Here to Read the Full Warrant

Article 16 - Sidewalk Constructionand Rehabilitation Program, $1,519,000
Article 16 – Sidewalk Constructionand Rehabilitation Program, $1,519,000 (click to enlarge)
Article 17 - Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools, $400,000
Article 17 – Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools, $400,000 (click to enlarge)