Elementary School Building Committee Continues Progress Towards Elmwood Solution

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The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) met on Wednesday October 27 to receive updates on progress in the partnership between the Hopkinton School District (the District) and the Massachusetts School Building (MSBA) as they seek a solution to the current constraints of the Elmwood School building.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Cavanaugh presented the 10-year enrollment projections for the District calculated by the MSBA. Dr. Cavanaugh noted that the enrollment projections from the MSBA showed significant student population growth over the next 10 years. These are consistent with District’s own projections for student growth and the overall growth projections for the town population.

ESBC Chair Jon Graziano commented, “The enrollment projections are a key step in this process because they guide the size of the building that the MSBA will support. It’s a very positive sign that their projections are consistent with our own. We know that our student population is continuing to grow, and we need a solution that will accommodate that.”

It is expected that the District’s Elmwood project will be considered to move to the next phase of the process, feasibility, at the next MSBA Board of Directors meeting which will be held on December 14. Should the project be invited into the next phase, studies will commence in January to review all of the District’s current facilities and the anticipated needs due to population growth as well as a specific study looking at options for replacing or renovating the Elmwood School. Both studies were approved for funding at the May 2021 Town Meeting.

The ESBC is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the School Administration Building.