From the School Committee: Special Town Meeting Info

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The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a Special Town Meeting (STM) for Monday, March 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center. Residents will be asked to vote to raise and appropriate funds to build a new elementary school on the town owned Fruit Street property. There will be a Special Election on Monday, March 28, 2011 from 7 am to 8 pm at the Hopkinton Middle School. In order to go forward, the project must pass at both the Special Town Meeting and the election.

In order to participate, residents must be registered voters. Important dates include:

• The last day to register to vote in the Special Town Meeting is March 11, 2011.
• The last day to register to vote in the election is March 8, 2011.
• The last day to apply for an absentee ballot to vote in the election is March 25, 2011 at 5 pm.

To register to vote, or to apply for an absentee ballot, residents must go to the Town Clerk’s office in Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street.

The STM will include a presentation by the school department regarding the state of Center School, the process of evaluation that has been followed, the proposed solution of a new elementary school at Fruit Street, and the neighborhood school configuration. Residents will have the opportunity, through the Town Moderator, to ask questions and share opinions prior to the vote being cast. A quorum of at least 100 people must be present for the vote. Free babysitting will be provided by the Hopkinton PTA. For planning purposes, please contact [email protected] with the ages and number of children attending.

Prior to the STM, information regarding the building project will be available:

• at a public information forum on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 6 pm at Center School;
• by e-mailing or calling the members of the School Committee;
• or by visiting the Elementary School Building Project page on the school district website.