Land Development in Hopkinton

Hopkinton Mews North Elevation - West Main Street
Hopkinton Mews North Elevation – West Main Street

Two large-scale commercial and residential developments are proposed for Hopkinton.  The first project is referred to as the Hopkinton Mews.  This development is proposed for a 96-acre site south of West Main Street and east of Lumber Street.  The developer of the residential proponent of the project is seeking a 40B designation.  The first hearing for this project will be held tomorrow, Monday, October 6 at 7:35pm at the Planning Board Meeting (Room 211, Town Hall, 18 Main St).  The selectmen will also review the project at their meeting on Tuesday, October 7.

The second project is proposed to redevelop land behind Elmwood Park referred to as the Hopkinton Crossroads Redevelopment.  Currently the land is home to the new Perkins Elmer division.  The project is to include new hotel, restaurants, retail shops, food store, and luxury apartments.

Hopkinton Mews Elevations
Hopkinton Mews Elevations
Crossroads Redevelopment
Crossroads Redevelopment

Take the Town Visioning Survey

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Excerpts taken from the town website:

The Hopkinton Visioning Steering Group was created by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen to “help navigate a process to solicit input from Hopkinton citizens on what our community might look like ten years from now.”

“The group has created a survey which is an important tool designed to help create a vision for the future, and action steps to achieve that vision. ”

“The process will also include bringing together a diverse group of community residents to gather and evaluate local information, and based on that information along with the results of the survey develop the vision.”

Please take a moment to take the survey online here. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Town Manager’s office. The results of the survey will be compiled and released later this fall.

Strategic Plan Forum Update

HPS Administration

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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Fun with Flamingos!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our second annual Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser. We had a lot of fun and have raised over $700. The flocks are now sold out for this year, but click here if you got flocked and want to find out who flocked you. We plan to use the money for more signage and publicity to promote Town Meeting 2015, another donation to the Tax Relief Fund and another sponsorship of a Veteran’s breakfast at the Senior Center. See our photo gallery below.

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School Committee Updates

Hopkins School

At their June 12 meeting,  Jon Graziano was elected Chair, and Ellen Scordino was elected Vice-Chair of the Hopkinton School Committee.  The committee also voted to award a contract to Springboard Education to provide before and after school care at Hopkins School next year.  The program would also be available to Center School students, but would be located at Hopkins. In addition, they voted to increase school lunch prices by $0.25 across the board next year in order to continue to get federal reimbursements. The new Middle School Handbook and Program of Studies for 2014-15 were also approved.

At their June 19 meeting, the School Committee voted to continue using the MCAS test next year, instead of the new PARCC test.  The following year in 2015-16, the state will determine which test all districts will use, but for the coming year districts can choose. The committee also voted to approve the High School Handbook and Program of Studies for 2014-15.  The Director of Finance projected a year end balance of $145,000, of which he recommended $125,000 be used to pre-pay special education tuition (the district receives a discount when they pre-pay) and $20,000 to purchase two new copiers to replace two units that have experienced significant levels of downtime this year. The committee approved his recommendations.

New Contact Info:

  • Jonathan Graziano, Chair jgraziano@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Ellen Scordino, Vice-Chair escordiono@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Jean Bertschmann jbertschmann@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Kelly Knight kknight@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Lori Nickerson lnickerson@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Documents for Reference:

School Forums This Week – Common Core and Strategic Plan

HPS Administration

Hopkinton Public Schools Common Core Public Forum
Tuesday, June 17 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
Middle School Library

Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Mr. Robert Berlo will hold a community forum next week. This will provide the community an opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification on concerns that have been expressed and misunderstandings that have been communicated regarding the relationships between PARCC, MCAS, Common Core, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

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.

 Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop – POSTPONED

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • After thoughtful consideration, the Visioning Steering Group (appointed by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen) agreed to re-schedule the Community Workshop, which was scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6 pm. The Steering Group, in consultation with Town Hall staff and the consultants, agreed that a detailed plan for public input needed to be developed and that any attempt at creating a vision for Hopkinton would greatly benefit only from a wide range of opinions of Hopkinton residents and organizations. We appreciate your interest in the June 18 workshop and you will be invited to participate in future workshops, which are expected to be held in September.More information to come. In the meantime, your continued discussion will help in shaping the discussions in September. Click Mindmixer to join the conversation.
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Flamingos are Back in Hopkinton

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They’re back! Under the cover of darkness eHop will once again be herding a flock of 24 friendly flamingos around town. To join in on the fun, send a flock to a friend! Visit our website shop to order or simply email Tara Sanda and she can help you out at tarasanda@educatehopkinton.com.

What are we fundraising for?

We’re glad you asked. Educate Hopkinton’s greatest charge is to get more people to attend Town Meeting and vote on how our tax dollars are spent. Last year our flock earned us two banners that were hung on Town Hall and the Middle School Tennis Courts, yard signs, a donation to Hopkinton’s Tax Relief Fund and sponsorship of one Veterans Breakfast at the Senior Center.

This year we hope to provide Hopkinton with:

  • More signage to raise awareness for Town Meeting
  • A greater donation to the Tax Relief Fund
  • More sponsorships for the Veteran’s Breakfasts at the Senior Center

So have a little fun, send a flock to a friend and support some good causes!

Click here to Flock a Friend!

Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts