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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:

Article #1 Elementary School Building Project

The first article up at the October 26 Special Town Meeting will be to vote on appropriating money to build a new elementary school to replace the existing Center School.  Because it will be funded by a debt exclusion, it must pass by a 2/3 majority vote at the Special Town Meeting and again by a simple majority at the November 9 Special Election in order to go forward. 

While the town must approve the total cost of the $43,229,373 needed to build the school, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has approved a grant to reimburse the town up to $14,058,457 of the eligible costs, which would leave the town’s projected share of the cost to build the school at $29,170,916. 

According to the Committee Chairman, Joe Markey, the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) has estimated that in the first year, the highest cost per taxpayer will be about $435 per $500,000 assessed property value.  The actual cost will depend on the exact terms of the loan, including whether the town opts for a 20 or 30 year bond and could be as much as $100 less than the highest case scenario.  The Town Manager and Treasurer will determine the terms of the loan at the time of borrowing and make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen for approval.  If the Town opts for a 30 year loan, the annual cost per tax payer will be less, but the town will pay more in interest over the life of the loan.  The cost per year will likely decline with successive years over the life of the loan.

The proposed new school will house 22 kindergarten and first grade classrooms in an 83,256 square foot building that will also include rooms for the integrated preschool, music, art and health rooms that the Center School cannot accommodate due to size constraints.  For comparison, the Center School is 52,000 square feet while the Hopkinton High School is 190,000 square feet.  Elmwood and Hopkins are each about 80,000 square feet.  The new school site also has the capacity to add 10 additional classrooms if the school sees a significant and sustained increase in enrollment down the road. 

The Board of Selectmen has begun to examine potential future uses for the Center School, but a decision regarding Center School’s future will not likely be made until about 2017, a year before the projected opening of the new school if approved this fall. 

A decision has also yet to be made regarding the use of the so-called Todaro property which the Town purchased following the May Annual Town Meeting.  While the property abuts the site for the proposed new school, it is not part of the plans for the new school. 

On the other side, the proposed school abuts EMC park and a lighted path would both provide emergency egress for the school and allow for reciprocal overflow parking between the properties for events such as baseball games at the park or curriculum night at the school.  According to Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, the school was also designed to allow community use in areas such as the gym, cafertorium and media center year round while school is not in session. 

The ESBC will offer an additional opportunity for voters to ask questions during their office hours at Water Fresh Farm on October 21 from 4:30-6:30.

List of Special Town Meeting Articles with Details & Links

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
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

*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.

Community Forum: Early Childhood Education Plan and Building Design Direction

The Elementary School Building Committee is hosting a community forum tonight, June 15th at 7pm  at the Hopkinton Middle School library.  To purpose of the forum is for citizens to see functional and practical design merge with Hopkinton’s education goals to create a blueprint for an exciting and inspiring learning environment for Hopkinton’s youngest learners.

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, and Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, will share Hopkinton’s pre-K through 1st grade Education Plan, outlining how the new location, site layout, and design can enhance the early childhood education experience.

Jim Barrett of DRA Architects will share renderings that reflect current direction on site layout and building design, including a look inside the building from a student’s point of view.

Community members are encouraged to attend.  The ESBC would like to hear residents’ questions and aspirations for the new school.

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