Previous Updates:

Thank you to all the residents that came out to vote their support for the project addition at the January Special Town Meeting. The ESBC and the project team are moving forward with incorporating the four additional classrooms into the building design.

The project construction is proceeding well thanks to a mild winter weather. Site Utility work and Building Foundations are on schedule. Structural Steel erection is on track to start in mid-March.

At Special Town Meeting on January 30 (at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium), Article 2 will seek $1.5M to fund 4 additional classrooms and related site work for the new elementary school, per the increase in projected student enrollment for Kindergarten and First Grade (K-1).

We've put together the attached Fast Facts guide to help you understand the facts behind this article, and why the timing is right to solve this problem now and in the most economically efficient manner.

If you have any questions, you can always contact us at schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov. We'll see you on January 30!


Members of the School Committee and the Elementary School Building Committee will give a brief presentation of the Article at the next Board of Selectmen meeting on January 24th.

  • The Architectural team is nearing completion of the design documents. The project anticipates starting construction in October.

  • The project reached a major milestone at the end of the Summer with the completion of the Permitting Reviews with Planning Board and Conservation Commission. Below is a color site plan rendering shown to the Planning Board in July.

  • For April's ESBC Update, the school building project team talks about approaching the close of Design Development, the project phase in which more in depth site analysis and detailed design planning discussions produce the information needed to finalize a complete picture of project plans and costs.

With Colantonio Inc of Holliston now on board as construction partner, learn how the extended project team is working together to keep the project in- budget and on-time without compromise to the education plan.

    • With the strong support of the community, Hopkinton's new elementary school WILL become a reality! The new elementary school passes with 73% of the vote, 1211-431.

    • Thanks for coming out to the polls and backing this project... more on next steps coming soon!

    • Remember: The project funding will now be brought to Special Election on Monday, November 9 (7:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Middle School Gym), where it requires simple majority vote to pass.

    • Article 1 passes Special Town Meeting with overwhelming community support!

Next and final step is Ballot Question #1 at the Special Election (November 9, Middle School gym).

Our "Fast Facts" document is a great resource to get up-to-speed on the details of this project, and how it will benefit you and the entire community. We will continue to update the document with your questions and answers.

If you have a question that's not answered in the Fast Facts, tell us at schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov!

    • The final milestone before the critical vote at Special Town Meeting has been passed; the MSBA awarded a grant of up to $14,000,000 for the elementary school project.

      • Next up - we need the community's approval on October 26 at Special Town Meeting to move forward! We're looking forward to seeing YOU there, to demonstrate the community's commitment to the project at Town Meeting!

    • Learn more about the grant:

    • http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/news_events/Board_9.30.15/Hopkinton_CenterES

    • MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We're thrilled to announce the dates for Special Town Meeting and the ballot question have been set (pending the opening of the Town Warrant, expected on 9/22)! These are THE critical dates for this important community project!

      • At their meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen approved the following dates:

      • - Special Town Meeting: Monday, October 26, 2015

      • - Special Election: Monday, November 9, 2015

      • It's a two-step process: At Special Town Meeting on October 26, the ESBC will present the proposed solution that YOU have helped us create since 2013! After the presentation, the community will vote on the solution.

      • Then, following a positive vote at Special Town Meeting, the community will be asked to vote once more at the polls on November 9.

      • You'll be seeing even more of us leading to October 26; we're lining up multiple "office hours" at Water Fresh Farms, presentations to many organizations in town, and and much more. If you have any questions about this timeline, the project, or anything else, we're here for you at schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov!

Archived Updates:

    • MSBA staff indicated that they plan to recommend approval of the scope and budget of Hopkinton's new elementary school at the September 30th MSBA Board of Directors meeting.

      • We now have specific numbers to share, subject to approval at the September 30th meeting:

      • - Total overall project cost: $45.6M (this includes money already spent on the project, such as $600,000 for the feasibility study and $1.8M to acquire the Irvine Property)

      • - MSBA eligible project cost reimbursement: $14M (44.50% of eligible project costs; this is a HIGHER reimbursement percentage than we anticipated!)

      • - Net project cost after reimbursement: $31.5M (again, this figure includes money already spent on the project as outlined above)

      • We’re very excited that the scope and budget is moving forward with the MSBA... and you can be sure we'll continue to stay engaged with YOU as we approach a November special town meeting and ballot vote!

    • Boards vote to submit Schematic Design to Massachusetts State Building Authority

Following unanimous support from the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, the ESBC voted on August 4 to submit the Schematic Design to the MSBA. This submittal summarizes the process to date and presents the development of the scope, budget and schedule for the proposed new

Elementary School project.

For more details, see the ESBC presentation to the Board of Selectmen/School Committee from July 29, 2015.

    • WATCH NOW! Community Forum: Early Childhood Education Plan and Building Design Direction

Did you miss our community forum, detailing how the needs of our youngest learners and our community are shaping the design of the new elementary school? Our friends at HCAM recorded the event, which is available for viewing here.

    • Community Forum: Early Childhood Education Plan and Building Design Direction

Join us on Monday June 15, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Hopkinton Middle School library, to see functional and practical design merge with Hopkinton's education goals to create a blueprint for an exciting and inspiring learning environment for Hopkinton's youngest learners.

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, and Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, will share Hopkinton's pre-K through 1st grade Education Plan, outlining how the new location, site layout, and design can enhance the early childhood education experience.

Jim Barrett of DRA Architects will share renderings that reflect current direction on site layout and building design (see below), including a look inside the building from a student's point of view.

We hope you can join us for this exciting evening, and we look forward to hearing YOUR questions and aspirations for the new school.

Learn more and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/375952019262163/.

    • MAY 19, 2015: Ballot Question 3 PASSES at Town Election! ESBC to discuss this, as well as what's next for the school project, at their public meeting on Thursday May 21, 6:30 PM at HCAM Studios (77 Main Street).

    • MAY 18, 2015: Ballot Question 3 asks whether or not to authorize the town to purchase 135 Hayden Rowe Street (also known as the Irvine property). This property is the preferred solution selected by the ESBC, and affirmed by the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Town Meeting for the new elementary school.

    • MAY 6, 2015: Article 43 passes Annual Town Meeting with overwhelming support. Next step is Ballot Question #3 at the Town Election (May 18, 2015, Hopkinton Middle School).

    • APRIL 3, 2015 - After careful consideration, the ESBC voted unanimously to recommend the Irvine Site as the preferred option for the new elementary school. Thanks to the community for engaging us as we evaluated sites and arrived at this decision!

  • FEBRUARY 4, 2015 - The ESBC votes unanimously to approve a short list of site alternatives for further evaluation.

    • Center School: Alternative 1C + 25 Ash Street, consisting of new construction on town owned property behind existing school, augmented by abutting 25 Ash Street, with preservation of the front of existing Center School building.

    • Irvine Property: 20+ acres located on Hayden Rowe, just South of Hopkinton Parks and Recreation land at EMC Park.

    • Todaro Property: 20+ acres, with access from 147 Hayden Rowe St, abutting the Irvine property to the North, adjacent to Water Fresh Farm and abutting 5 acres of town owned property on the South.

  • Click on the Feasibility Study Tab to see the current project schedules.

  • The preliminary site alternatives test fit options have been presented to the HESBC and are included in the Design tab on this website.

  • The first Community Forum was held on Saturday 11/22/14 and had a great turn out. Please click on the presentations tab to see the slide show from that meeting.

  • The Project Team (Compass and DRA) will be to help the ESBC execute the feasibility study (including site search, community forums, conceptual designs and more).

  • On October 21, the MSBA Designer Selection Panel chose Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA) as the project designer.

  • The ESBC voted unanimously June 26th to endorse and support the OPM selection subcommittee's choice of Compass Project Management, Inc. (Compass) as the owner's project manager (OPM).

  • At their March 26 Board of Director’s meeting, The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) voted to move forward Hopkinton’s Center School project into the feasibility phase.

  • Statements of Interest submitted to the MSBA