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In Support of New School and Districting

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Dear Editor:

Like many of those not native to Hopkinton, I grew up in a districted town (Shrewsbury). We moved here primarily because of the quality of the schools and the reputation of the town. Ironically, thousands of new parents had the same rationale over the last 10 years. This of course resulted in significantly more classrooms for each grade than historical averages, and overcrowded classrooms.

Resident Lists Top 10 Reasons to Vote Yes for the New School

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Top 10 Reasons to Vote Yes for the New School

1. We have a very good staff, teachers and administration that will always be there for our children. The building simply helps them do a better job and get better teachers. The Center School Principal says she has a hard time recruiting top teachers because of the physical building.

They All Can’t Be Wrong. VOTE YES for Hopkinton’s Future Leaders

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Dear Editor:

There has been much said from both sides of the vote as to what the ideal decision is for the future of Hopkinton’s schools. I worry we are dangerously close to losing sight of the big picture—the future leaders that will emerge from this lovely town.

From the Chamber of Commerce: Planning Board To Consider By-Law Change Which Encourages Lawsuits Against Town

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The Planning Board is considering a zoning by-law change which would strip Hopkinton businesses of their rights to appeal a Site Plan Review decision to the zoning Board of Appeals, the town’s quasi-judicial administrative body, and force businesses to file litigation against the Town in the event they don’t like a Planning Board Site Plan Review decision. On March 8, 2011, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted 17-0 to oppose this proposed zoning By-law change.

Former Teacher in Favor of New School at Fruit Street

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As a former Hopkinton elementary school teacher, I am in favor of the Fruit Street School project.

Resident Urges Support for Districting and New School

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Dear Editor,

Over the past several weeks, many letters have been written about neighborhood schools, understandably based on emotion and assumptions. I would like to share some facts (and some assertions), for voters to consider for March 21 and 28.

"Opportunity is Knocking" - Support for the New School

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Hopkinton has to make a choice regarding the proposed elementary school and shift to neighborhood schools. It’s a subject of great debate in town prompting excellent dialogue regarding how we move forward educationally. At the height of this debate is the subject of neighborhood schools, parity, expenses and dispute over the feasibility study. These are certainly excellent topics to discern and dissect; however, absent from the core of this discussion are our children, the students themselves. What is in their best interest, not just short term but long term?

In Favor of Replacing Center School

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Center School needs to be replaced. Cramped quarters have forced specialists and their desks into hallways. The heating system is so inconsistent and antiquated that students have to wear coats in some rooms and T-shirts in others. There's not enough parking for staff, let alone parents and visitors. The bus loop is a traffic hazard on Ash Street and a safety hazard for children playing on the playground.

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