Category Archives: Special Education

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

Public Hearing on School Budget Thursday 1/7

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On Thursday, January 7, the School Committee will hold a public hearing on the FY17 School Budget. 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 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.

Give Input Before the Vote:

The committee is scheduled to vote on the Superintendent’s budget recommendation this week, 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

Budget Documents Already Presented:

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 Director of Student Services

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From the Hopkinton Public Schools:

Director of Student Services Announced

Hopkinton Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton School Committee has selected Dr. Karen Zaleski as the next Director of Student Services for the Hopkinton Public Schools.
Dr. Zaleski holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College.  She is currently the Director for Pupil Personnel Services in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District.  She previously served as Assistant Principal of the Knox Trail Regional Junior High School, and the Mary E. Wells Junior High School in Southbridge.  She began her career as a Crisis Intervention Specialist with the UMass Medical Center’s Emergency Mental Health department.
Dr. Zaleski will assume her role in the district on July 1, 2015.  She will be working with our current Director of Student Services, Mrs. Marijane Hackett, for a few days prior to assuming her role, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
We welcome Dr. Zaleski to Hopkinton, and look forward to working with her.  We extend our deepest gratitude to Mrs. Hackett for her service to the district and to our students, and our heartfelt wishes for a most enjoyable retirement.
Dr. Karen Zaleski will attend the next SPEAC meeting on May 19th at 7pm in the HMS Library.
Other links of interest:
The number of students in special education statewide somewhat stabilized after yearly increases and school officials are instead looking to support students that need extra help in the mainstream curriculum before a special education referral. http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/artic…/20150425/…/150427180
The number of students in special education statewide somewhat stabilized after yearly increases and school officials are instead looking to support students that need extra help in the mainstream curriculum before a special education referral.

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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Several Town and School Forums Coming Up in June

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6/3 and 6/4 – HPS Co-Teaching Forums

  • June 3 @ 7:00pm in the High School Library
  • June 4 @ 7:00pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Director of Student Services, Marijane Hackett and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod will present an overview to explain the philosophy behind co-teaching.   As you may be aware, one of the instructional interventions that will be offered for students next year involves placement in a co-taught classroom.  The forum is intended to provide an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.
  • The Co-Teaching model will be offered next year in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in Kindergarten through Grade 8 for all students who need it.

6/5 – Common Core Informational Session sponsored by “Core Concerns in Hopkinton

  • June 5 @ 7:00pm at St John’s Church Community Center
  • Residents are invited to come and hear a presentation on Common Core State Standards and PARCC featuring special guests Sandra Stotsky, member of the Common Core Validation Committee and former Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jamie Gass, of the Pioneer Institute and Donna Colorio, an Adjunct Sociology & Psychology Faculty Quinsigamond Community College and a MTA member.   Bob Berlo, Hopkinton’s Director of Secondary Education Curriculum has also agreed to participate in Q & A portion.

6/17 and 6/19 – HPS Strategic Plan Forums

  • June 17 @ 12:30pm in the Fire Station Training Room (upstairs)
  • June 19 @ 6:30pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Hopkinton School Committee in conjunction with the Superintendent, Steering Committee and Administrative Team has developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. We are thankful for all of the public input gathered through public forums and survey data and are ready to share the results. The following dates have been selected to provide opportunity for public comment prior to the School Committee’s vote to accept the plan. We encourage you to attend so that your voice can be heard.

6/18 – Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • RSVP online at https://hopkinton-visioning.eventbrite.com/
  • You are invited to participate in two interactive workshops sponsored by the Town of Hopkinton as part of a community visioning project. The project will develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton. The results will inform town policies, budget priorities, be incorporated into the Town’s Master Plan and will be an important document to lead the community forward.

High School, Middle School, Athletics and Student Services Budgets Tonight

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The School Committee will be meeting in a budget working session tonight, January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library. There will be no public comment period, but you can watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30). Tonight’s meeting will focus on the High School, Middle School, Athletics Department and Student Services (Special Education) Budgets.

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