Hopkinton Today: Tuesday, Sept. 15

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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.

The primary holdup in negotiations between the Hopkinton Public Schools and the Hopkinton Teachers Association is the district’s decision to livestream some live classes so remote students can participate. While the district said it’s a necessary option in certain situations, the HTA said it’s not a good strategy for teaching or learning, and it raises privacy concerns. Both sides, however, agreed that school will start on time Wednesday even if they cannot come to an agreement.

In a statement read at last night’s meeting, the School Committee said it made its “last best offer” to the teachers. The School Committee scheduled another special meeting for tonight (7) in hopes that the HTA will accept the deal and it can be ratified.

In other school news, the Food Services Department announced that student lunches must be pre-ordered a week in advance. And four Hopkinton High School students were named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships.

The Select Board meets tonight (6). Also tonight, the Board of Assessors (5), Conservation Commission (6:30), Design Review Board (7) and Permanent Building Committee (7) are scheduled to convene.

Photo of the Day: This picturesque sunset occurred over Lake Whitehall on a recent evening.

Lake Whitehall sunset
PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO

Video of the Day:

Hopkinton Independent house ad