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

Lake Maspenock Weeds Survey & Forums

Photo by Lake Maspenock Preservation Association

The Hopkinton DPW, Conservation Commission, Parks & Rec. Dept., in concert with the Advisory Group, will sponsor two Public Forums for Hopkinton residents:

  • Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00-8:30PM, Town Hall, Room 215
  • Saturday, February 27 at 10:00-11:30AM, Town Hall, Room 215

A formal Comprehensive Weed Management and Control Plan will be developed for control and monitoring of noxious and invasive weed problems specific to Lake Maspenock. Hopkinton residents are urged to participate in the Public Forums and the online Survey on the Town’s website in order to provide feedback, ask questions and increase their awareness about benefits and ecological impact from proposed methods of weed management. Town wide public understanding and support of the Plan is critical at Town Meeting for approval and financing of the Weed Control Plan. Upcoming Advisory Group Meetings, Public Forums and additional information will be posted in Town Hall and on the Town website.

Online Survey:

Please take a minute to complete the Lake Maspenock Weed Management and Control Advisory Group’s brief Public Survey:
http://kwiksurveys.com/s/I5qy2QZO

Key Takeways from the FY17 School Budget

The School Budget was approved by the School Committee on January 21 and then forwarded to the Town Manager.  The Town Manager will present the overall town budget to the Selectmen by March 1. For now, here are eHop’s Key Takeaways from the FY17 School Budget.

Overall:

Total FY17 Budget $40,902,901.  This is an increase of 4.495% ($1,759,460) from the FY16 Budget

Personnel:

Additions:

  • 1.2 fte English Language Learner positions (district)
  • 1 fte Maintenance staff (district)
  • .5 fte Middle School Custodian (district)
  • 1 fte IT technician for all buildings (district)
  • 1 fte student data coordinator (district)
  • 1 literacy coach (shared by Center and Elmwood)
  • .5 fte intensive special needs teacher (Center)
  • 1 Board Certified Behavior Analyst for (Center)
  • .5 fte Moderate Learning Specialist (Elmwood)
  • .2 fte Administrative Assistant (Elmwood)
  • 1 fte Adjustment Coordinator (Hopkins)
  • 1 fte Reading Coach (Middle School)
  • .6 fte Subject Matter Leaders (High School)

Eliminations:

  • Elementary Curriculum Director position

Building maintenance:

The Preliminary FY17 Buildings & Grounds budget includes extraordinary maintenance items totaling $210,750. 

  • Elmwood: $79,000
  • Hopkins: $15,000
  • HMS: $48,000
  • HHS: $20,000
  • Systems: $18,750

Fees:

The Bus Fee for students in grades K-6 living less than 2 miles from school has been eliminated, which increased the total budget by $53,475.  Currently 1,254 K-6 students are eligible to ride the bus for free, while 345 K-6 students pay the bus fee, and 100 K-6 students do not ride the bus. All students in grades 7-12 who opt to ride the bus will still pay the $155 fee next year.  All other fees for next year will remain the same including parking fees, athletic fees and preschool tuition.

Projected Class Sizes 2016-17:

Grade# of StudentsAvg Class Size
Kindergarten20420
Grade 123621
Grade 2*20.9
Grade 3*21.9
Grade 426422
Grade 522622.6
Grade 628324
Grade 726422
Grade 831623
Grade 9*n/a
Grade 10*n/a
Grade 11*n/a
Grade 12*n/a
* The full November 2015 NESDEC Projections have been requested by eHop, but were not received in time for our deadline. We will update this table when we receive the latest projections.

FY17 Budget Documents:

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).

Town Election Candidates Needed

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Some candidates have pulled nomination papers already for the upcoming Town Election, but some offices still have no candidates. To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, March 28; or a person may qualify by being the top vote-getter in one of the town political party caucuses.  The dates of the Democratic and Republican Caucuses have not yet been announced, but are usually held in early April at Town Hall.

Offices on the May 16 Ballot

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Susan Porter, 348 Wood St, Unenrolled
  • 2nd Candidate Needed

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Michael Umina, 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled
  • Margaret Wiggin, 5 Cross St, Democrat

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

CONSTABLE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Michael Umina, 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1

  • Nancy Kelleigh, 40 East Main St, Republican

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2

  • 2 Candidates Needed

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Nancy Richards-Cavanaugh, 25 Priscilla Rd, Unenrolled

TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Connor Degan, 16 Daniel Shays Rd, Unenrolled

TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508.497.9710 or townclerk@hopkintonma.gov. Click to read more on the Town Clerk’s website.

Candidate Endorsement Policy

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As we head into election season, eHop would like to remind our readers of our candidate endorsement policy, especially since one eHop board member is running for office this year:

The primary mission of Educate Hopkinton (eHop) is community education on funding and policy issues pertaining to the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts including the Hopkinton Public Schools. Hence, eHop will strive to provide voters with accurate and detailed information on candidates running for state and local office, with a focus on each candidate’s position on both town and school-related issues.

It is eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office. eHop board members are at liberty, however, to endorse candidates independently.

When eHop collects information from candidates for voter education purposes, eHop may add editorial comments to clarify candidate claims or statements that eHop deems to be deceptive or misleading, or that require further explanation.

On our Blog/Website:

Any eHop Board Member running for elected office in a contested race will not write or edit any blogs regarding the office for which they are running, including but not limited to our annual Candidate Q&A.

On Facebook:

In addition, due to eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office, any endorsements for specific candidates will be deleted from our Facebook page.

Candidates are welcome to email a candidate statement or a link to their campaign website, which we will be happy to post to our website along with info about all the other candidates. Please send to amyritterbusch@educatehopkinton.com.

Read our full policies and guidelines…

Board of Selectmen – Did you know?

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A board of five members, elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis. The Board serves as the chief executive of the Town, and is responsible for policy making, granting licenses, and appointing the Town Manager, Town Counsel, Police Chief, Fire Chief and members of multiple member bodies for whom no other method of selection is provided by the general laws.

Board of Selectmen regularly meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Public meetings usually start at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Hearing Room (215).  A public forum is typically held at the beginning of each regular meeting where the residents are invited to share ideas, opinions or ask questions regarding town government.

To run for Selectmen a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. Selectmen is currently an unpaid volunteer position, but compensation for any elected official could be voted on at any future town meeting.

Contact Info:

For Further Reading:

School Committee – Did you know?

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A board of five members, elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis. The School Committee is responsible for voting on an annual budget and overseeing all spending during the year; maintaining school buildings and overseeing any improvements to them or construction of new buildings; negotiating with collective bargaining units; and developing policies to help govern the school district. The School Committee is also responsible for hiring the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Business Manager.

The School Committee meets on Thursdays twice a month in the Middle School Library at 7:00 PM. A public comment period is typically held at the beginning of each regular meeting, and a second public comment period is often held near the end of the meeting.

To run for School Committee a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. School Committee member is currently an unpaid volunteer position, but compensation for any elected official could be voted on at any future town meeting.

Contact Info:

For Further Reading:

Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts