The Hopkinton School Committee and Athletic Field Sub-Committee will host a public forum on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium. The public is encouraged to attend to hear a presentation regarding potential turf fields at the High School/Middle School complex. Following the presentation, there will be opportunities for members of the public to ask questions and offer feedback. The public forum will be filmed by HCAM-TV.
In addition, a preliminary presentation regarding potential turf fields will be made to the School Committee at their regular meeting on January 5, 2017 at 7 pm, which will be broadcast live on HCAM.
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:
FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – $200,000 FY16 Snow and Ice Deficit, and $31,500 for Sewer Enterprise Fund
FY 2016 Budget Transfers – No Action – Consent Agenda
Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years $3,142.25
FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:
Property Tax Exemption Increase (MGL Chapter 59 Section 5 – these exemptions are aimed at helping low-income residents, veterans, the blind, firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. Town Meeting votes annually on these exemptions.) – Consent AgendaHopkinton Tax Relief Committee
Personal Property Tax Bill Threshold – to establish a minimum personal property value of $1,000.00 for personal property accounts to be taxed. (MGL Chapter 59 Section 5)
Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.
Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget $75,982,132.38, which is a +2.46% Tax Impact (net of new growth)
$20,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to preserve Town records
$2,500 from funds reserved for Open Space for Boundary Markers/Medallions to be acquired and installed on Town owned parcels
$50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to improve the public trail and create a dog park on 192 Hayden Rowe Street (Hughes Property). – Some of the maintenance will fall under the DPW budget and the Parks & Rec Budget. The goal is also to set up a volunteer group of dog owners in town to help with some of the maintenance and to think of fundraising ideas.
$50,000 from funds reserved for Open Space to acquire approximately 6 acres of land located at 0 East Main Street and shown as parcel U12-23-0 on the Assessors Map
$60,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the McFarland Sanger House
$75,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the Rte 85 Stone Bridge
$25,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to construct a recreational path from Rte 85 to the Stone Bridge
$10,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install fencing around the Claflin Fountain
$50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install protective netting at the Fruit Street Athletic Complex
$20,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install a boat dock at Sandy Beach
Amend Hotel Overlay District Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16 – Hopkinton already has a Hotel Zoning Overlay District, but has not yet been able to attract a hotel. These changes would: 1) reduce the amount of function room space required from 8,000 sq. ft. to just 1,500 sq. ft.; 2) require just a “restaurant” instead of a “full service restaurant;” and 3) require just a “fitness center” instead of a “health club facility.” Hopkinton’s local hotel room occupancy excise tax rate is 6% (voted at 2015 Town Meeting). A report on the Municipal Cost Impacts of Massachusetts’s Hotel/Motel-Based Homeless Families Shelter Program by the State Auditor’s office.
Dog Day Care Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16 – Hopkinton does not currently have zoning to allow Dog Day Care Facilities, this bylaw would set hours, size, waste, odor control and other requirements for such facilities.
Animal Shelters Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16 – This bylaw change would set requirements for animal shelters, such as Baypath Humane Society, which also acts as Hopkinton’s dog pound. Baypath would like to expand and improve their physical plant and would need to find another location where they can build a modern animal shelter. They would like to remain in Hopkinton, however, today there is no land within the town of Hopkinton zoned for use by an animal shelter. Info Sheet from Baypath
“Frankland Road” from its intersection with East Main Street to its intersection with Legacy Farms Road
The entirety of the private way known as “Peach Street”
Disposition of Property – the discontinued portions of Frankland Road and Peach Street.
Selectmen recommend No Action, but Planning Board recommend Approval
Solar Tax Agreements – to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate a Tax Agreement for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT Agreement) with the owner(s) of a solar photovoltaic facility on East Main Street.
Town Clerk – to change the position of Town Clerk from elected to appointed (hired). In order to move forward this question would also require approval from the state and a yes vote on a future town election ballot. It is not on the ballot for May 16. Town of Hopkinton 2016 Job Description Town Clerk
Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee – Consent Agenda
On Thursday, April 14 from 7:00PM-8:00PM in the Hopkinton Middle School library there will be a community forum on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) hosted by school administration, building leaders, and teachers. Community members and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Because STEM programming for middle and high school students will be changing and evolving in the next year, this meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn about the changes in these critical subject areas. Topics will include:
Hopkinton Grades 6-12 Math Program
Modifications to our Honors Math program in grade 7 in 2016-2017
Potential transition of our Grade 8 Honors Math to Grade 8 Algebra I
Examination of High School pathways to higher-level Calculus
Preparations for implementing the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards, which were approved by the DESE at the end of January
Programmatic revisions and updates to our Engineering and Technology curricula and courses
It is important that parents and community members take advantage of this meeting to learn about the STEM changes in our district and ask questions of the administration and faculty.
This event is being co-hosted by:
School Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod
HHS Principal Evan Bishop
HMS Principal Alan Keller
HHS Science Subject Leader Valerie Lechtanski
HHS Math Subject Leader Carla Crisafulli
Grades 6-12 Technology/Engineering Subject Matter Leader Doug Scott
Please come to the forum and ask your questions in person. If you cannot attend, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and an eHop Board Member will try to ask them for you at the forum.
The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments are scheduled near the beginning and again near the end of the meeting, about 9:10pm. 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.
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:
“We are excited to move forward in the 2015-2016 school year with a 1:1 (1 student, 1 device) digital learning initiative at Hopkinton Middle School. As you may know, during the current school year, our grade 8 math and science teachers have been utilizing Chromebooks in their classrooms. In the past two years, our school and district have invested heavily in Google Apps for Education products. This year, six of our educators attended a Google Apps for Education Summit. These teachers, in addition to our grade 8 math and science teachers, have become exceptional resources as we prepare our staff for the 1:1 digital learning initiative. Throughout this year, we have learned how Google Apps for Education can enhance staff and student learning, and we believe that the Chromebook is the device that best meets our needs as a learning community.
The purpose of our 1:1 program is to help our students learn and continuously grow as independent, confident, resilient, and thoughtful individuals willing to explore new ideas, reflect on progress, and challenge themselves. Hopkinton Middle School’s goals for a 1:1 initiative are focused on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our curricular goals center on developing personalized learning experiences and providing equitable learning opportunities that promote student ownership of their learning. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to develop timely and targeted instruction that supports individualized student learning. Through assessments that utilize technology, the teacher and the student receive immediate and frequent feedback on the student’s progress toward the learning goals. Our leadership team has been meeting throughout the year developing our 1:1 roll-out plan.”