New committee working to improve Holyoke’s high schools

Group will make recommendations for changes

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Holyoke High School is seen here in a WWLP file image from May of 2015

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A group of local and state educators and business leaders will meet for the first time Monday night, as part of Holyoke’s Secondary Education Redesign Working Group. Members are from various backgrounds, and will share their ideas for improving Holyoke High School, and William J. Dean Technical High School. They will also be speaking with students and teachers.

Holyoke schools chief Dr. Stephen Zrike told 22News that he has met with local colleges and businesses about their experiences with Holyoke graduates- and discussed how they think students need to improve.

“They’re going to also look at best practices from across the state: what are some models in terms of linking to the workforce, linking to higher education. They’re going to wrestle, or discuss things like duel enrollment, the urban teacher academy,” Zrike said.

This newly-formed group will meet every two weeks, and will make recommendations to Dr. Zrike in December.

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