Education

I am committed to transforming the Holyoke Public Schools into the highest performing urban school district in Massachusetts. It is critical that we develop a wide variety of school options to support a broad range of student interests and needs. Improving student achievement, reducing dropout rates and making all of our schools first class learning communities have been top priorities for my administration. 

 Since taking office, I have made early literacy a major priority. With help from the United Way, I have created a Community Literacy office in City Hall and launched a campaign to increase 3rd grade reading scores. I also chair the Dean Tech Futures Committee, where I have had the opportunity to engage the business community, secure over $6 million to build new science laboratories at Dean, and to implement new reforms to make sure Holyoke is home to quality vocational high school.

Additionally, I have:  

 

  • Worked to make the search for the new superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools a transparent process. I am proud to welcome Dr. Sergio Paez into Holyoke’s educational community.
  • Hired a community literacy coordinator with funds of $100,000 received from United Way and Davis Foundation and established literacy centers at all K-8 schools.
  • Worked to expand McMahon School in Ward 5.
  • Established new sex education curriculum for middle school students.
  • Improved Dean Tech by bringing in a new principal and leadership for the school. Invited in the business community to assess the school and won a state grant to build new science labs.
  • Strived to make the Care Center an accredited school so that young parents can get a diploma.

 

Moving forward, it will be important to work together and build upon these accomplishments. We have the momentum to continue doing great things for our schools and to ensure a future that is worthy of our students, teachers, and citizens.