The School Committee is an elected five-member board which represents the interests of the community in governing the operations of the Hopkinton Public Schools. Each Board Member is elected for a three-year staggered term. Members provide their services to the community during this term as unpaid volunteers.
With every student’s educational welfare as the topmost priority, the committee is responsible for:
Listening to and understanding the needs of the Students and School Community;
Shaping the vision, mission and goals of the Hopkinton Public Schools;
Establishing and monitoring the annual budget;
Hiring, managing and evaluating the Superintendent; and
Setting and reviewing district policies and practices.
To fulfill and support these functions, the School Committee actively listens and partners with the School Community and District Educational Leaders, sets discussion topics through meeting agendas, reviews material presented by the Superintendent’s office, seeks clarifications, serves on a variety of sub-committees and acts as liaison to many local organizations.
The Committee's decisions influence the course of education in our schools for years to come. The Committee and each of its members looks to the future and to the needs of all people. This requires a comprehensive perspective and long-range planning in addition to attention to immediate problems. It is to be noted that the authority of the school committee comes from the body, not from any particular individual.
The Committee seeks public engagement and feedback in its governance. The School Committee typically meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School Library. There is an opportunity for the public to provide comments at every meeting. The Committee holds ‘office hours’ periodically in the community; notice of which is shared via available communication channels.