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Hopkins School Addition

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For the past year, the Hopkinton Public Schools and School Committee have been working on a plan for an addition to the Hopkins School to address not only current enrollment challenges, but also enrollment growth we know will be coming over the next several years.  The Hopkins School structure is built to accommodate 628 students.  Currently there are 687 students, which means that Hopkins School is currently unable to accommodate two grades. Two classrooms have been created using interior, windowless spaces.  The library has been divided to create additional classroom space.

The 10 year projected average enrollment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)  is expected to reach 803.  

The district has hired The Vertex Companies, LLC as the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) and Perkins Eastman Architects as the Designer for an addition / renovation for the Hopkins School.  Interviews for a Construction Manager will be conducted on February 8, 2024.

The scope of the work is generally described as follows:
Preconstruction and construction phase services for the addition and renovation to the existing Hopkins Elementary School grades 4 & 5 includes an approximately 28k gsf addition to the building and renovation into a lower middle School Grades 5 & 6. The addition building includes a gymnasium, multi purpose room, classrooms, Art room, and special education rooms, as well as provisions for the connection to a future modular double height classroom addition. The future modular classrooms will come from the Elmwood School, once the new Elmwood School project is complete.  The major renovations include a new kitchen, cafetorium, music room, band room, STEM rooms, small group rooms, science rooms, nurse suite, loading dock, and specialized classroom spaces. The Site work will include repaving and reconfiguration of the vehicle drop-off driveways, campus roadway, parking lots, and a play field and courts.  The new addition will include geothermal mechanical systems and many green features in the building.

The projected cost to be presented at the May 2024 Town meeting is approximately $46 - $48 million.

Focus groups have been conducted with staff to understand programming, use of space and needs to accommodate their students.  Public safety meetings have been held with Hopkinton Police and Fire, and a Security Consultant.

A Draft Educational Planning Document has been developed for the transition to a grade 5-6 school.

Public input and information are especially important as this project will appear as a capital project for the schools at the Annual Town Meeting in May 2024 and will impact not only the space constraints at Hopkins School, but  also the District’s ability to alleviate overcrowding upstream at the Middle and High School.  The first Community Forum was held February 12, 2024.  See below for the links to all public discussions on the project.

For questions, email at hopkins-project@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Hopkins School - New Gym Addition

Presentations have been made to the School Committee on:

History

In 2022 the Elmwood School Building Committee expanded the MSBA study of the Elmwood School to include the other schools in the district to understand the impacts of a possible grade reconfiguration from a grade 2-3 to a grade 2-3-4.  The effort to move to an Elmwood grade 2-3-4 school was to alleviate upstream systemwide overcrowding. 

The District Wide Planning Study Executive Summary  was published in January 2023.  The full study was presented to the Elmwood School Building Committee on January 3, 2023 and the School Committee on January 5, 2023.

The Summary of Findings indicated a potential need for additional space at each school.  Enrollments are projected to increase 22% overall based on a 10-year average to FY2032.

Enrollment Projections completed in 2020 by Dr Wagman through 2031 indicating a projected enrollment of 780 for grades 5-6 by 2031.

 

Hopkinton Enrollment Projections

Enrollment Projections through 2032 from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) indicating a 10 year projected average enrollment of 803 for grades 5-6.