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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

HPS District to Hold Public Forum on STEM Programming in Grades 6-12

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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
  • HMS Science Curriculum Leader Linda Brooks
  • HMS Math Curriculum Leader Catherine Anusauskas.

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Ask eHop?

Please come to the forum and ask your questions in person. If you cannot attend, please feel free to send them to questions@ehop01748.org and an eHop Board Member will try to ask them for you at the forum.

HPTA “State of the Schools” Conversations with Dr MacLeod

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The HPTA Presents Conversations with Dr MacLeod & School Committee Chair, Ellen Scordino:

  • Wed, Feb 10 @ 7:00-9:00pm, Hopkinton High School Library
  • Thurs, Feb 11 @ 10:00-11:00am, Town Hall Room 215/216

The Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association is hosting a forum to offer community members an opportunity to speak with Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod and School Committee Chair Ellen Scordino about curriculum, FY2016-2017 budget and other important Hopkinton Public School topics. In the past the HPTA has hosted the State of the Schools event as a HCAM call-in show but decided to change the format to allow for a more interactive exchange of ideas. Please join us for a morning or evening of engaging conversation.

This event will not be televised, community members must attend the forum in person to ask questions. Click for contact info for the Superintendent & School Committee.

FY17 Budget Key Takeaways

Public Forum 2/11 to Meet the Finalist for Assistant Superintendent

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A finalist for the position of Hopkinton Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development has been selected.  An integral part of the process involves parent, staff, and community input.  The Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, invites interested parents, staff, and community members to a public forum to meet Dr. Cavanaugh, and ask any questions they may have. Participants will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to Dr. MacLeod.  We strongly urge you to participate, and seek your feedback:

Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm, Hopkinton Middle School Library

Meet the Finalist:

Dr. Carol Cavanaugh:  Dr. Cavanaugh holds a Ph.D. in Middle and High School Literacy Strategies from Lesley University, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University.  Her undergraduate degree was in English, and was also awarded from Boston University.

She is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at the Uxbridge Public Schools, and an Adjunct Professor at Worcester State and Lesley Universities.  She is a founding partner in Brunell and Cavanaugh Consulting, an education consulting business (1999-present). She has previously served as English Teacher/Department Chair and Assistant Principal (2005-2015) for the Westborough Public Schools, and began her career in education as an English teacher and Department Chair in the Auburn Public Schools (1994-2005).

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:

Preliminary Budget Overview at School Committee

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At the Thursday, December 3 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Cathy MacLeod and Director of Finance Ralph Dumas will present the FY17 Preliminary Budget Overview Related to Strategic Initiatives and Overall Costs.  In addition, Mr Ghosh will present the Technology Budget, Mr Rogers will present the Buildings & Grounds Budget and Dr MacLeod and Mr Berlo will present the Central Office/Curriculum Budget. None of the 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 may be given at the beginning of the meeting. The budget presentation is scheduled for approximately 7:55pm. You may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda here.

Update:

The budget documents presented on December 3 were posted to the School District website on December 4,  the day after the meeting. The meeting was NOT televised live on HCAM and is not yet available on the HCAM website.

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

FY16 School Budget Summaries to Date

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School budget season is in full swing. The various school departments have already begun presenting their preliminary budgets to the School Committee. There will be a public hearing on the budget on January 8, where you can give your feedback on the budget.

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