Holyoke schools improving under state control

Schools went under the state's control in April of last year

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Public Schools have been under state control for more than a year, and students are doing better.

Wednesday night marked the 22nd Annual “Rising Stars” Banquet, held at William J. Dean Technical High School in Holyoke. This year’s “Rising Stars” are 33 students honored for their commitment to academics and community service.

State-appointed receiver, Dr. Stephen Zrike, told 22News the curriculum has been expanded, and college preparedness classes have increased 5 times over the last year.

“The amount of students that have seats in our local universities at HCC, Westfield, UMass; I think that’s significant to give students an opportunity to have college classes, while they’re in high school, and graduate with credits,” said Dr. Zrike.

After years of under performance, Holyoke schools went under the state’s control in April of 2015.

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