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Center School Workshop Saturday 9:00am Senior Center

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This Saturday, March 28 from 9:00-10:30am at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew Street) is the community workshop, “Shaping Recommendations”. This is the final workshop before the site recommendation is made, so community members are encouraged to come with questions and comments (and friends).

This forum will include a presentation and interactive discussion of the remaining site options:

  • Center School (option 1C + 25 Ash Street)
  • The Irvine Property
  • The Todaro Property

Community members will learn more about draft building layouts, potential construction impacts, how the site options can accommodate the education plan both now and in the future, and much more!

In the days following this workshop, the Elementary School Building Committee will select the recommended site for this project; public feedback is critical part of the consideration for that process.

Links to two important documents:

More project information:

Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Department Merger Public Forums this Week

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The Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Study Group, assisted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and Municipal Resources Inc., will hold two public forums on the Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Study project on the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, February 23 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
    Ashland High School Auditorium, 65 East Union Street, Ashland MA
  • Thursday, February 26 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
    Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton MA

The public forums are designed to update the public on the current model that the Collaboration Study Group has developed since meeting regularly over the last two years. Topics to be discussed at the joint boards meeting include project background, role of fire departments in Ashland and Hopkinton, organizational framework, governance, financial analyses and much more.

Most importantly, these forums will serve as an opportunity for any member of the public to ask questions, propose ideas and engage in a community wide dialogue regarding the topic.

The Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Study Group encourages all residents to participate in these public forums!

Contacts:

  • Anthony Schiavi, 508-881-0100 Ext. 612; Email: aschiavi@ashlandmass.com
  • Norman Khumalo, 508-497-9700; Email: nkhumalo@hopkintonma.gov

Forum Tomorrow – Last Chance to Weigh In on New Center School Site

REMINDER: The Elementary School Building Committee will be holding the second of three workshops TOMORROW Saturday, January 24 from 9-10:30am at the Hopkinton Middle School Library.  The forum is designed to engage the public in the Center School Feasibility Study, a project to address the constraints at Center School focused on meeting the needs of Hopkinton’s pre­K through 1st grade educational program.

The focus of the workshop will be presenting the site options, and then gathering feedback, questions, and opinions from the community.

NEW: Here’s the site evaluation matrix, a tool the ESBC developed to generate discussion around the pros and cons of each site alternative. Evaluation Matrix – ESBC- HES Concept Options -20150121

The slideshow below includes draft conceptual test fit depictions produced by the DRA design team.  They were created to evaluate each site’s potential for a new or expanded Center School.  There are currently 11 variations of school options (numbered 1 – 11) being considered at 4 different locations, including the potential for new land acquisitions. The preliminary concepts are subject to change and not reflective of final design.

ESBC Community Workshop – January 24th

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The Elementary School Building Committee will be holding the second of three workshops on Saturday, January 24 from 9-10:30am at the Hopkinton Middle School Library.  The forum is designed to engage the public in the Center School Feasibility Study, a project to address the constraints at Center School focused on meeting the needs of Hopkinton’s pre­K through 1st grade educational program.

The focus of the workshop will be presenting the site options, and then gathering feedback, questions, and opinions from the community.  

The slideshow below includes draft conceptual test fit depictions produced by the DRA design team.  They were created to evaluate each site’s potential for a new or expanded Center School.  There are currently 11 variations of school options (numbered 1 – 11) being considered at 4 different locations, including the potential for new land acquisitions. The preliminary concepts are subject to change and not reflective of final design.

These conceptual test fits will be presented at the forum.  Feedback from the community on these options is encouraged to help shape the future of early education in Hopkinton.

The site options are available for viewing at the following locations:

Additional Information:

Center School Community Workshop Sat 11/22 @ 9:00am

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The Elementary School Building Committee invites you to participate in a series of community workshops related to the Center Elementary School Feasibility Study. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Hopkinton Senior Center from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (“DRA”) to develop a Feasibility Study and Schematic Designs.  DRA has begun assessing the Center School site and other possible sites and will be meeting with school staff to conduct programming and educational planning meetings throughout the Fall.

The first public workshop will focus on gathering community input. The ESBC will hold subsequent community workshops to explore possible alternatives for the facilities plan, and will then shape specific recommendations for committee consideration.

The workshop schedule is:

Saturday, November 22: LISTENING: Gathering community input
TBD, January 2015: ALTERNATIVES: Understanding the options
TBD, March 2015: SHAPING RECOMMENDATIONS

The Center School Feasibility Study will evaluate a range of options and possibilities to address the operational and educational constraints of Center School.

WORKSHOP AGENDA

9:00 – 9:10 Informational Displays
9:10 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 9:20 Overview
9:20 – 9:35 Work Shop Overview
9:35 – 10:15 Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:25 Re-Group / Re-Cap
10:25 – 10:30 Concluding Comments

At the first of three proposed workshops, the ESBC is seeking community attendance and participation. You are invited to join them, along with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in workshop activities.  In addition, children age three and above are welcome and will participate in age-appropriate activities to also provide input.

The ESBC has put together answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the school building project and the forums.

I’ve attended previous school committee meetings about our school system. Why do I need to attend this meeting?

Your knowledge, understanding, and input are welcome and needed in this process.    This is one of the key issues facing our community; there are many issues and options to explore.  We hope that you will choose to continue to participate in this process.  

I see there are three different community workshops being scheduled over the next two months.  Should I attend all three workshops?

Yes.  The focus of each workshop is different.  The purpose of the November 22 nd workshop will be to listen to citizens and obtain community input.  In January, the focus will be on taking information from the previous workshop and developing possible alternatives for consideration. Finally, the workshop in March will focus on the specific recommendations that may be proposed to the Elementary School Building Committee.  Workshops will build on each other.

What specific topic will be discussed at this first community workshop?  

Concurrent breakout sessions will collect community input on the topics of:

  • “Containers” – the physical facilities / sites
  • “Contents” – contemporary early childhood education programming
  • “Currents” –  Hopkinton’s trends, including demographics and enrollments
  • “Children/students” – focusing on the issues and needs of students

I have ideas about what’s important for our elementary school.  How can I share those ideas with DRA and the Elementary School Building Committee?

Attend the November 22nd community workshop!  If you are unable to attend in person, please send your comments to schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov. Information sent to the email will be collected and shared with DRA.

What will be done with the results of this workshop?

DRA will use community input to shape options and recommendations that they will present to the Elementary School Building Committee.

Has the Elementary School Building Committee made any decisions about the future of Center School?

The committee has made no decisions about Center School.  All options and ideas are being considered.

When will the Elementary School Building Committee act on DRA’s study recommendations?

The Elementary School Building Committee expects to have a decision on preferred solution by March/April 2015, which will involve review and approval by the Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. DRA would complete the schematic design for the preferred solution in July 2015 for approval by the Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.  The Design and Funding request would be presented for the Town Meeting vote by Fall of 2015.

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Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton 10/28 @ 7:00pm

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Join the Town’s Visioning Group for a conversation on the future of Hopkinton on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00-9:00pm, at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.

The Town of Hopkinton, with assistance of professional planning consultants, is conducting a workshop as part of the community visioning project. The purpose of the project is to develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton.

The workshop will include digital group polling and small discussion groups. Light refreshments will be provided.

While the workshops are open public meetings, it is very helpful if you pre-register so that we can ensure enough workshop materials for you. Thank you!

RSVP at this link: https://hopkinton-octworkshop.eventbrite.com

Strategic Plan Forum Update

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On June 17 and 19, Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod held public forums on the Strategic Plan Overview, which was put together over the past year incorporating feedback from various forums and survey data. The Mission Statement of “Learn, Create, and Achieve Together” remains the same, but the Vision Statement and Values have been updated (see below). The plan is currently just a broad overview and the following refinements will take place over the summer:

  • Finalize Action Steps
  • Align Budget Priorities and School Improvement Plans (SIP) with the Strategic Plan
  • Identify Evaluation Goals aligned with the plan (Superintendent, Administrators, Teachers)

The School Committee approved the Overview, Vision and Values at their June 19 meeting. Then in September 2014, the Superintendent will seek School  Committee approval of the Strategic Plan, Technology Plan and Foreign Language Plan. The June 19 forum is available for viewing on the HCAM.tv website under Programs > Government Meetings > June 2014 > School Committee 06/19/14. See below for the documents presented at the meeting.

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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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