Category Archives: Town Meeting

Important School Update: State of the Schools Forum, Per Pupil Spending, School Choice and more

School Facts: How have budget cuts over recent years impacted Hopkinton Schools?

Per Pupil Spending
Hopkinton spends 11.5% less in per pupil than the state average (that’s approximately $1,503 less), based on FY09 data on the Massachusetts Department of Education website. In FY06, Hopkinton was only 5.9% under the state average. Hopkinton also spends less per pupil than most neighboring towns, including Ashland, Holliston, Northboro-Southboro and Westborough. In addition Hopkinton spends less per pupil than most towns with similar structure and district wealth, such as Belmont, Burlington, Canton, Nashoba and Sharon.

School Choice & Charter Schools
Did you know that for the 2009-10 School Year, Hopkinton sent 41 students out of district via the Massachusetts School Choice Program and/or to Charter Schools at a mandated cost of $235,371 to Hopkinton taxpayers? More Hopkinton families opted to send their children out of district this year than families in Holliston, Southborough and Westborough. The number of Hopkinton students opting to go out of district via School Choice has been steadily increasing since the 2005-06 school year.

Class Sizes
Class sizes in the elementary grades are currently higher than most surrounding school districts. Did you know that both Elmwood School and Hopkins School currently have empty classrooms? If another teacher was added at each school class sizes could be significantly reduced.

Foreign Language
Did you know that Hopkinton Public Schools do not offer any foreign language instruction until grade 7? It used to be offered as early as grade 5. Most neighboring school districts offer foreign language earlier than Hopkinton, some offering it as early as Kindergarten.

State of the Schools Forum

Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.
HCAM-TV, 77 Main Street, Lower Level
Question and answer session with Superintendent Dr. Jack Phelan and School Committee Vice Chair Rebecca Robak. Call 508-435-7887 during the show with your questions and concerns or email them to secretary@hptaonline.com in advance or during the show. Space is Limited! Click here to RSVP. Or watch at home on Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30.

The Next Steps in the Budget Process:
The budget has been given to the Appropriations Committee who are in the process of reviewing the budget in detail. The Appropriations Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the budget on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall in the 1st Floor Conference Room. This hearing is NOT televised, but is open to the public. Residents will vote on the budget and the financial warrant articles at the annual Town Meeting, which begins Monday, May 3 at 7:00pm.

Voter Information for May Town Meeting and Town Election

Are you registered to vote?  Town Meeting is coming up (begins May 3), and in order to vote on the school budget and many other town services, you must be a registered voter.  The deadline to register to vote is April 13 at the Town Clerk’s office (office hours are weekdays 8am-4:30pm, and until 7pm on Tuesdays).  Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details.


Would you like to help shape the future of Hopkinton?   There are several elected positions within Hopkinton Town Government that are up for re-election this year.  This includes positions on the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Planning Board, and several others.   The last day to file nomination papers is April 12.  Town Elections will be held May 17.  Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details.

Office # Positions Term
Selectmen (2) 2 3 years
Town Moderator 1 3 years
Town Clerk 1 3 years
Board of Assessors 1 3 years
Board of Health 1 3 years
Cemetery Commissioner 1 3 years
Commissioner of Trust Fund 1 3 years
Constables 3 3 years
Member of Board of Public Works
The candidate with the greatest number of votes will serve 3 years, the candidate with the second greatest number of votes will serve 2 years, the candidate with the third greatest number of votes will serve 1 year.
3 1 for 3 years
1 for 2 years
1 for 1 year
Housing Authority 1 5 years
Parks and Recreation Commission 2 3 years
Planning Board 2 5 years
Planning Board 1 Unexpired term – 2014
School Committee 1 3 years

Budget and Financial Articles Submitted to Appropriations Committee for Review

Budget and Financial Warrant Articles

On March 15 the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen voted to adopt a town-wide budget. They also voted to take a position on the school and financial warrant articles for the Annual Town Meeting. The Selectmen voted unanimously to endorse Town Manager Norman Khumalo’s $61.1 million budget. Within this budget the Hopkinton Public School district did NOT receive its requested 0.5% increase. It is not yet clear what services and/or staff the School Committee would have to cut from its proposed budget to make the $170,000 reduction called for in the Board of Selectmen’s budget.  Below are the proposed capital articles for Town Meeting, along with the vote by the Board of Selectmen on each article.

The Next Steps in the Budget Process:
The budget has been given to the Appropriations Committee who will now review the budget in detail, hold one or more public hearings and develop recommendations on the budget. Residents will vote on the budget and the financial warrant articles at the annual Town Meeting, which begins Monday, May 3 at 7:00pm.

Upcoming Appropriations Committee Meetings:
All meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held at Town Hall in the 1st Floor Conference Room. These meetings are NOT televised, but are open to the public.

Monday, March 22 – School Budget to be reviewed at this meeting.
Wednesday, March 24
Monday, March 29
Wednesday, March 31
Monday, April 5
Wednesday, April 7
Monday, April 12
Wednesday, April 14
Wednesday, April 21
Monday, April 26
Wednesday, April 28

Article / Sponsor BoS Recommendation Amount
#12 Loader with Plow / BoS/TM Not Recommended $132,000
#12 Senior Center Parking / BoS/TM Recommended $161,000
#12 ADA Compliance / SC/BoS Recommended $101,000
#12 two police cruisers / BoS/TM Recommended $60,500
#13 Cedar Street Snow Dump improvements / DPW Not Recommended $120,000
#14 Water Meters / DPW Recommended – Paid for by Water Enterprise Fund $220,000
#15 Service Truck / DPW Not Recommended $42,000
#16 Downtown Design Enhancements / DPW No vote taken 3/15/10 $400,000
#17 Water Main / DPW No vote taken 3/15/10 $700,000
#18 Traffic Beacon at Main St/Church St / DPW/DRC Recommended $15,000
#19 Town Well Imrovements / DPW Recommended – Paid for by Water Enterprise Fund $25,000
#20 Thermal Imaging Camera / Fire Chief Not Recommended $14,291
#21 Class “A” Fire Engine / Fire Chief Recommended $510,000
#22 New Service Vehicle / Fire Chief Not Recommended $37,841
#23 Eight portable radios / Fire Chief Recommended $19,960
#24 Restoration of Damaged School Property / School Committee Recommended – Already paid by insurance $52,690
#25 Repair or replace Elmwood School Boiler / School Committee Recommended – Leftover money already borrowed for Center School boiler to be used $145,000
#26 Repair HS Loop Road / School Committee Not Recommended $227,000

Annual Town Meeting – Continues Wednesday at 7pm

Please attend Town Meeting!

Wednesday 5/6, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium:

Special Town Meeting Begins

Annual Town Meeting Resumes

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Please note correct location – Hopkinton Middle School!!!!

Please note the CORRECT TIME – 7 PM!!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. There is no Absentee Ballot option for Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved (usually on Monday), and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

Annual Town Meeting Warrant: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM-2009.pdf

Special Town Meeting Warrant: http://ehop01748.org/pdf/STMW5-6-09.pdf

Annual Town Meeting – Monday at 7pm

Please attend Town Meeting!

Mon 5/4, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium:

Annual Town Meeting Begins

Please note change in location from High School to Middle School!!!!

Please note the CORRECT TIME – 7 PM!!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. There is no Absentee Ballot option for Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved (usually on Monday), and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

The Warrant is now posted: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM-2009.pdf

Mon 5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym: Town Elections

Remember to contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots for the Town Election if you will be out of town on May 18th.

Fri 5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street: All absentee ballots must be received.

Applications for an absentee ballot for the Town Election may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.

Educate Hopkinton Keeps You ‘In the Loop’

There are several important opportunities for information in the coming weeks…

Wed 4/29, 7 pm, Hopkinton Women’s Club ‘Meet the Candidates Night’, HCAM

Fri 5/1, 7 pm, Hopnews Sponsors Live Roundtable with Selectmen Candidates, HCAM

Mon 5/4, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium: Annual Town Meeting Begins

Please note change in location from High School to Middle School!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. There is no Absentee Ballot option for Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved, and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

The Warrant is now posted: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM-2009.pdf

Remember to contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots for the Town Election if you will be out of town on May 18th.

Fri 5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street: All absentee ballots must be received. Applications for an absentee ballot for the Town Election may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.

Mon 5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym: Town Elections

HCAM: Hopkinton Independent Candidate’s Debate, Meet the Candidate’s Night, Hopnews Roundtable…

Check HCAM.tv for the re-broadcast schedule of these important shows, or watch them online at hcam.tv.

Educate Hopkinton Keeps You ‘In the Loop’

There are several important opportunities for information in the coming weeks…

Wed 4/22, 6:30 pm, Room 211, Town Hall: Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY10 Budget

Wed 4/22, 7:30 pm, Hopkinton Independent Candidate’s Debate, HCAM

Submit questions to Michelle Murdock: http://www.hcam.tv/michelle/

Wed 4/29, 7 pm, Hopkinton Women’s Club ‘Meet the Candidates Night’, HCAM

Fri 5/1, 7 pm, Hopnews Sponsors Live Roundtable with Selectmen Candidates, HCAM

Mon 5/4, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium: Annual Town Meeting Begins

Please note change in location from High School to Middle School!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved, and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

The Warrant is now posted: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM-2009.pdf

Remember to contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots if you will be out of town on May 18th.

Fri 5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street: All absentee ballots must be received. Applications for an absentee ballot may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.

Mon 5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym: Town Elections

Educate Hopkinton Reminds You to Register to Vote!!!

If you are not already registered to vote, please stop by the Town Clerk’s office Monday or Tuesday, in order to be eligible to vote at Town Meeting and in the May 18 town election. Extended Office Hours will be available on Tuesday, April 14th from 8 am – 8 pm.

Also, remember to contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots if you will be out of town on May 18th.

Wed 4/15, 7:00 pm, High School Cafeteria: School Committee Public Forum on Transportation Policy

The School Committee is looking for input and discussion from parents and day care providers on the bus policy. All are invited to attend. Please note this meeting was originally scheduled for 4/8, and has been moved.

@ Wed 4/22: Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY10 Budget
The Appropriations Committee will be scheduling this meeting on or around 4/22, please check http://www.hopkinton.org/meetings/april.htm for final date, time, and location.

Mon 5/4, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium: Annual Town Meeting Begins

Please note change in location from High School to Middle School!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved, and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

Fri 5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street: All absentee ballots must be received. Applications for an absentee ballot may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.

Mon 5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym: Town Elections