Vote on state’s review of Holyoke public schools set

State officials expect the turnaround could take at least 5 years

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The earliest the state education officials could vote on the potential state receivership of the district will be March 24th.

Education Department Spokeswoman Jackie Reis told 22News after the review this week, a report will be presented at the February 24th meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. They usually discuss issues in depth before taking action.

Superintendant Dr. Sergio Paez told 22News, “We’ve been doing tremendous amount of work during the last 18 months. The teachers are excited about showing all the new stuff we are doing in classrooms. Everybody’s ready.”

Holyoke wouldn’t be the first city to face state receivership if the Board decides to take over. Three years ago the Lawrence Public Schools went into state receivership.

There’s no timeline on when their receivership will end, but state officials expect the turnaround could take at least 5 years.

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