Letter from Superintendent Crebase

Hopedale Public Schools

Office of the Superintendent

25 Adin Street

Hopedale, Massachusetts 01747

May 14, 2019

Dear Families:

On May 21, 2019, at 7:00 pm, the town will present the budget for Fiscal Year 2020. In order for the town to continue to provide the same level of service we currently have, this will require an override. The override will provide the funding necessary for all departments to maintain current levels of service within their general operating budgets. For general information about the override, please read the FAQ Override on the Town of Hopedale Finance Committee’s web page by clicking https://www.hopedale-ma.gov/finance-committee. In addition, the Annual Town Meeting Warrant is available by clicking https://www.hopedale-ma.gov/home/news/annual-town-meeting-warrant-0.

As a school district, we are committed to developing career pathways that allow our students to be competitive during the college and career application process. We want to continue to draw new families to the community because of the services we offer. We want to assure our families that we will be capable of continuing to provide currently available opportunities for our students. The main focus of our school department is to continue to ensure responsible spending while supporting our students and we need your support at Town Meeting to do this.

The School Department has been able to keep per student expenditures low while our school ranking is high. We have been working to provide students with an excellent education and opportunities while ensuring strong financial responsibility. Of the 322 school districts listed in the Massachusetts Department of Education report on per pupil expenditures, Hopedale ranks 260th in per pupil expenditures and yet, our students perform at the top of the state rankings. In order to maintain our solid school department, it is critical that we continue to maintain the level of service we currently provide.

Hopedale is a unique community and in order to preserve our town and our services, it is critical that this override pass. Please come support all of your town departments at the Town Meeting on May 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Sincerely,

Karen M. Crebase

Superintendent of Schools

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