On August 14, HopNews sat down with Chair of the Elementary School Building Committee #2 Jon Graziano for a candid interview about the proposed Elmwood school. The school, which will come up for a vote at a special town meeting this Fall, has an estimated price tag of $160 million, an astounding figure that will have a direct impact on every Hopkinton taxpayer.
The existing Elmwood school was built to house 650 students. Today it holds 626, but State demographers estimate this will grow to 774 students by 2032.
According to Graziano, our only choices at this point are to “solve this very expensive problem as a community” or choose not to solve the problem. There are no half-measures available, he said. More than 41 building sites were contemplated as part of the committees’ work.
If Hopkinton voters approve the initiative at Town Meeting and the ballot box, the new school is slated to open in February 2027. If the measure fails, Hopkinton will likely be forced to wait until 2032, with several difficult compromises made at the existing Elmwood school, including modular classrooms on the playfield and children eating lunch as early as 9:30 AM to accommodate the 5 shifts necessary.
Watch the full interview to learn more about the potential impact to Hayden Rowe residents, the design choices made to reduce traffic, and his worry that this initiative may price seniors and those living on a fixed income out of town.