Budget Update, 1/27/09

Below is an updated schedule of presentations regarding the school and town FY 10 budgets.

This is the optimal time to let the School Committee and Selectmen know your thoughts regarding the proposed FY10 Budget. Please attend the School Committee Public Hearing on 1/29 and the Board of Selectmen working session on 2/7 and Board of Selectmen regular meeting on 2/10, or contact them via e-mail to share your comments by 1/29/09.

School Committee:Nancy Burdick: nancyb88@hotmail.com
Phil Totino: ptotino@comcast.net
Rebecca Robak: rebeccarobak@aol.com
Richard deMont: rdemont@demontlaw.com
Dave Stoldt: stoldt@comcast.net

Selectmen:

Brian Herr: bherr@wesco.com
Mary Pratt: mpratt102@aol.com
Mike Shepard: mwshepa@verizon.net
Matt Zettek: mezettekjr@aol.com


January 29, 7:30, Middle School Library
School Committee Public Hearing on Preliminary FY10 Budget
Vote to submit Town Meeting Articles
This will not be televised, as previously reported. We apologize for the error.

February 1
Warrant articles due to Board of Selectmen
School Committee submits budget to Town Manager

February 7Board of Selectmen Working Session, Fire Station, 1 pm

February 10Board of Selectmen Meeting, 7 pm, Town Hall

The presentations given to the School Committee on 1/8, 1/15, and 1/22 by the High School, Middle School, Athletic Department Special Education, Buildings and Grounds, Elementary Schools, Technology Department and Central Office have been posted on the School Committee website. Dr. Phelan submitted his preliminary budget to the School Committee on December 18. Follow this link to see the above-listed information: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/budget.php.

Budget Update, 1/21/09

Below is an updated schedule of presentations regarding the school and town FY 10 budgets.

The budget presentation portion of the meetings ARE NOT televised, but they are public meetings and all are welcome to attend.

This is the optimal time to let the School Committee know your thoughts regarding the proposed FY10 Budget. Please attend the Public Hearing, or contact them via e-mail to share your comments by 1/29/09.
Nancy Burdick: nancyb88@hotmail.com
Phil Totino: ptotino@comcast.net
Rebecca Robak: rebeccarobak@aol.com
Richard deMont: rdemont@demontlaw.com
Dave Stoldt: stoldt@comcast.net
January 22, 7:30, Middle School Library
Elementary Principals Budget Presentations
Technology Budget Presentation
Discussion of Town Meeting Articles
January 29, 7:30, Middle School Library
School Committee Public Hearing on Preliminary FY10 Budget
Vote to submit Town Meeting Articles
This will not be televised, as previously reported. We apologize for the error.

February 1
Warrant articles due to Board of Selectmen
School Committee submits budget to Town Manager
The presentations given to the School Committee on 1/8 and 1/15 by the High School, Middle School, Athletic Department Special Education, Buildings and Grounds, and Central Office have been posted on the School Committee website. Dr. Phelan submitted his preliminary budget to the School Committee on December 18. Follow this link to see the above-listed information: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/budget.php.

Further Budget Presenations 1/15/09

Below is an updated schedule of presentations regarding the school and town FY 10 budgets. The presentations given to the School Committee on 1/8 by the High School, Middle School, and Athletic Department will be posted soon on the School Committee website. http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee.

Dr. Phelan submitted his preliminary budget to the School Committee on December 18. Follow this link to see the information: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/budget.php.

The budget presentation portion of the meetings ARE NOT televised (neither is the Public Hearing on 1/29), but they are public meetings and all are welcome to attend.

January 15
Town Manager submits Capital Improvement Program to Board of Selectmen and Appropriations Committee
January 15, 7:30, Middle School Library
Special Education Budget Presentation
Buildings and Grounds Budget Presentation
Central Office Budget Presentation
Discussion of Town Meeting Articles

January 22, 7:30, Middle School Library
Elementary Principals Budget Presentations
Technology Budget Presentation
Discussion of Town Meeting Articles
January 29, 7:30, Middle School Library
School Committee Public Hearing on Preliminary FY10 Budget
Vote to submit Town Meeting Articles

February 1
Warrant articles due to Board of Selectmen
School Committee submits budget to Town Manager

Participate in the 2009-2010 Budget Process

Please be informed about the challenges and choices facing the town. The Educate Hopkinton website has been updated to include a calendar with relevant dates; links to important presentations and websites; and a new blog. Check it out! http://www.educatehopkinton.com/.
The Board of Selectemen has asked all town departments to develop FY10 budgets that are level funded – which means they will be the same dollar amount in FY10 that they were in FY9. For the School Department, that represents an approximate $2 million reduction in services due to increases in contractual obligations, mandated services, and increased costs. Please come to the budget presentations to the School Committee to learn what the individual school impacts will be.


Below are dates for important meetings and presentations to the School Committee and Selectmen as they prepare the 2009-2010 budgets. Dr. Phelan submitted his preliminary budget to the School Committee on December 18. Follow this link to see the information: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/budget.php.

January 8, 7:30, Middle School Library
High School Budget Presentation
Middle School Budget Presentation
Athletics Department Budget Presentation
Discussion of Town Meeting Articles

January 15
Town Manager submits Capital Improvement Program to Board of Selectmen and Appropriations Committee
January 15, 7:30, Middle School Library
Special Education Budget Presentation
Buildings and Grounds Budget Presentation
Central Office Budget Presentation
Discussion of Town Meeting Articles

January 22, 7:30, Middle School Library
Elementary Principals Budget Presentations
Technology Budget Presentation
Discussion of Town Meeting Articles
January 29, 7:30, Middle School Library
School Committee Public Hearing on Preliminary FY10 Budget
Vote to submit Town Meeting Articles

February 1
Warrant articles due to Board of Selectmen
School Committee submits budget to Town Manager

Participate in the 2009-2010 Budget Process

Attached is a flyer listing dates for important meetings and presentations to the School Committee and Selectmen as they prepare the 2009-2010 budgets. Please be informed about the challenges and choices facing the town. The Educate Hopkinton website is in the process of being updated to include a calendar with all these relevant dates; links to important presentations and websites; and a new blog.
http://www.educatehopkinton.com/

educatehopkinton_e-flyer_12-08.pdf

Last Day to Register to Vote

REMINDER: Last Day to Register to Vote!
Tomorrow, October 15th, is the last day to register to vote for the November 4th state and national election. You can register at the Town Clerk’s office, located in the Town Hall, 18 Main Street. There will be special hours, tomorrow, with the Town Clerk’s office being open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Regular hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, with extended hours on Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please forward this email reminder to family, friends and neighbors, especially those who have moved recently and may not yet be registered to vote.

NEW on www.EducateHopkinton.com!
Complete ballot information for the November 4th election including links to all websites for the candidates and state ballot questions. We also have absentee ballot information and dates for the upcoming candidate debates. Check it out and spread the word!

November 4th Election

Dear Subscribers:

Educate Hopkinton would like to remind you to vote in the upcoming State and National Election on November 4, 2008. Polls will be open at the Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe Street, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation is Wednesday, October 15. You can register at the Town Clerk’s office, located in the Town Hall, 18 Main Street, and open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, with extended hours on Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

If you will be out of town, or unable to get to the polls on November 4, please be sure to obtain an absentee ballot. Online forms can be found at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absbalap.pdf.

In addition to the candidate selections, you will be asked to vote on 3 ballot questions on November 4. Each could potentially have a significant impact on the state budget, and the money that comes to Hopkinton from the Commonwealth.The questions are as follows, with links to information from the Secretary of State’s office:

Question 1: State Personal Income Tax
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_1.htm

Question 2: Possession of Marijuana
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_2.htm

Question 3: Dog Racing
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_3.htm

Please take the time to make informed choices on Tuesday, November 4, and GET OUT AND VOTE!

Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts