Thursday, October 27, 2011
The MSBA wishes to clarify who canceled last Thursday’s joint meeting.
Matt Donovan, Massachusetts School Building Authority(MSBA) member , responded to comments made at the School Committee meeting last Thursday night, October 20. He expressed his support for the Hopkinton community but wished to set the record straight. “We don’t want to get into a he said she said,” Donovan said “but we want to clarify the record.” He went on to say that it was not the MSBA but Superintendent Jonathan Landman who could not attend last Thursday's joint meeting scheduled at Senator Spilka’s office. “We did not cancel the meeting.” Donovan said. “The Superintendent had a scheduling conflict.” Landman responded by saying that it has been an arduous but worthwhile process in scheduling this meeting. “There are a lot of busy …
Friday, October 21, 2011
While the School Committee was unable to meet with the MSBA, the committee’s concerns grow that they are on a different page from the MSBA.
Progress for the problem of the Center School was a priority topic at the School Committee Meeting last night. The School Committee and Board of Selectman met last Sunday to discuss the situation and had scheduled a tentative date of Thursday, October 20 for a meeting with the MSBA but the MSBA declined. The date and time were not convenient for them. Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Carolyn Dykema were also to be in attendance. In the meantime, the selectmen and the school committee have hashed out a few details. Both groups want to identify the parameters in which the MSBA will still allow the town to use the current grant. In addition, both groups wish to create a plan for community outreach that will allow them to get …
Friday, October 7, 2011
At last night’s School Committee meeting there were changes to the bus policy, plans to move forward with the MSBA and the decision that nothing would be done with the HVAC system at the Center School.
In case you missed last night's meeting, here are the highlights. 1. The elementary school principals spoke about the possibility of changing the current bus policy to allow parents more flexibility to make changes in bus stops, along the same route, throughout the school year. “We should air on the side of safety.” Ilene Silver said. “It adds a layer of complexity that would compromise child safety.” Greg Martineau, principal of Elmwood School, said. “Without adding a layer on, it is a complex process of dismissing students.” Despite the recommendations of the principal the School Committee voted to change the policy with a 3 to 2 vote. 2. There are two finalists for the position of Hopkinton Assistant Superintendent. Robert Berlo, …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Because sometimes five is just not quite enough.
In case you couldn’t watch the Hopkinton School Committee Meeting last night, here is a recap of the important points. “Before we say goodbye to this money,” Rebecca Robak, Hopkinton School Committee member, said “we have to be absolutely sure the community doesn’t want it.”
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Memorial Day weekend is about to arrive. That means summer-like fun and care on the roads.
1. Celebrate the conclusion of May's National Military Appreciation Month at the Hopkinton Public Library Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Library archivist Linda Connelly of Hopkinton has gathered stories, photos and artifacts from the library's Treasure Room and there will be presentations by Connelly; Hopkinton resident Russ Greve on the Revolutionary War; Hopkinton's Steve Bartlett on Hopkinton soldiers fighting the Civil War; and Ray Gendreau on (the mysterious Daniel) Shays' Rebellion. What is known about Shays is that he was born to an indentured Irish mother in Hopkinton. He fought heroically and unpaid in the Revolutionary War only to return to debt and dishonor. His armed reaction upset such famous U.S. forefathers as George …