Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a video or two to brighten your morning.
Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh has agreed to a new five-year contract with a starting salary of $205,000. In making the offer, which is just over $11,000 more than her current salary of $193,725, School Committee members praised her “incredible work ethic, commitment to our community, availability to our families, and [her] ever-present professionalism,’’ according to an offer letter sent to Cavanaugh and signed by chair Amanda Fargiano on behalf of the committee.
A working group to develop plans for the full-time reopening of the Hopkinton Public Schools is scheduled to begin meeting in January, superintendent Carol Cavanaugh told the Hopkinton School Committee at its meeting Thursday night. “The goal is to have full-time, in-person reopening of the Hopkinton public schools,’’ Cavanaugh said. “Everyone agrees that full-time, in-person education is the best kind of education we can offer our kids.’’
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved the proposed tax rate for Hopkinton for fiscal year 2021. The new tax rate for commercial, industrial and business personal property will shift from $16.80 to $17.07 per $1,000 of assessed value, and for residential property from $16.82 to $17.08.
Thanks to a generous donation from Chef’s Kitchen on Main, Hopkinton-based charity/food pantry Project Just Because has 600 fully prepared holiday meals available for people in need this time of year. Anyone needing assistance can stop by the Project Just Because office at 109 South St. this Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Planning Board meets tonight at 7.
Photo of the Day: Christmas-themed lights adorn a fence on Maple Street.
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