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School Committee Urged To Go Slow On Redistricting

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School redistricting was an unforeseen topic at Thursday night’s School committee meeting. A crowd of nearly a dozen listened to resident's comments on the emotionally charged subject.
During the public comment portion of the meeting town residents Ben Chirco, Kim Brennan, and Meg Gaughan asked the committee to slow down, step back, and take a broader look at the impact of redistricting.

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Hopkinton's Tip Line 508-293-1191

Have you witnessed underage drinking or drug use and wondered what you could do abou it? The Hopkinton Public Schools and School Resource Officer Phil Powers has set up a confidential tip line 508-293-1191 that can be used by parents and students to report these activities. The Tip LIne is manned 24 hours a day and all calls go directly to Officer Powers.

"I am committeed to doing that," said Powers.

School Committee Holds Public Hearing On FY12 Budget

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Residents got a first look at and had the opportunity to comment on the Superintendent’s Preliminary FY12 budget at the public hearing held on Thursday, January 27, 2011.

Public Hearing on Proposed School Budget is ON

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Tonight's Public Hearing on the proposed FY12 Budget will still be held this evening in the Middle School Library at 7:30 PM

School Committee Reviews Budgets and Superintendent Search Progress.

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The establishment of a thirteen member Superintendent Search Review Committee was approved at the January 20th School Committee Meeting. The approval is a major step that helps brings the selection process into focus. Once the members are chosen, they can begin the candidate review process. Currently an outside search firm is developing a candidate profile for the position. The profile will assist the new committee in selecting the next superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Jack Phelan.

"Let’s Talk about Bullying" - Presentations Scheduled

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Anyone who heard the tragic story last year of South Hadley student Phoebe Prince’s suicide after months of relentless bullying could not easily forget it. That sad event focused public and legislative attention on the need to protect children in Massachusetts from bullying behavior.

Educational Benefits of Neighborhood Schools

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Whenever a school district decides to change its grade configuration, it generates a lot of discussion in the community. The reasons for the proposed change vary by district but generally include some dialogue about the number of student transitions, effects on student achievement, enrollment growth or decline, social or economic factors, student transportation, parental involvement, opportunities for student interaction, and/or facilities. The most important question often gets lost in the debate: What grade configuration most benefits students?

School Committee Press Release on New Elementary School at Fruit Street

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For the past ten years, the School Committee has been discussing with the community the need to renovate and expand Center School to improve the quality of education for Hopkinton’s students. The age and condition of the present facility compromise learning. The age and condition of Center School also do not allow the district to meet its goal for "neighborhood schools" where all K-5 students from a family could attend the same school near their home.

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A Conversation with the Chairman of the Ballot Question Committee

HCAM News talked with Cindy Bernardo, Chairman of the Ballot Question Committee for the New Elementary School at Fruit Street, to talk about what a ballot question committee is, why she formed the committee and what she hopes to accomplish.

"We formed the committee to show our support for the new school at Fruit Street that is going to be proposed at the Special Town Meeting in March," said Bernardo.

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