Holyoke override is key to better schools (Editorial)

“[Voting no] is a declaration of hopelessness that says Holyoke residents are waving a surrender flag on the city’s future. This is a rare, even unprecedented opportunity to say the opposite - that Holyoke is worth the investment, and worth saving. Nobody likes higher taxes, but in this case, that’s a worthwhile price to pay for a city that should not give up on itself.”

Guest column Stephen Zrike Jr.: Two new middle schools just makes sense for Holyoke

These renderings show what two new proposed middle schools in Holyoke would look like. Voters will decide Nov. 5 whether to fund the project. By Stephen Zrike Jr., Daily Hampshire Gazette Published: 10/16/2019 6:00:19 PM If you were in middle school, where would you do your best work? Solving math problems in a classroom with … Continue reading Guest column Stephen Zrike Jr.: Two new middle schools just makes sense for Holyoke

Committees for and against Holyoke override ballot question make closing arguments

By Yes to Invest/Invertir and Keep Holyoke Affordable for All Committees, Published 11/3,2019 on Masslive On Tuesday, Holyoke voters will decide whether to approve a debt exclusion override to pay for two new middle schools. The text of ballot Question 1 reads: “Shall the City of Holyoke be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two … Continue reading Committees for and against Holyoke override ballot question make closing arguments

In Holyoke, replacing middle schools is biggest issue on the ballot

By DUSTY CHRISTENSENStaff Writer, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Published: 11/2/2019 1:47:37 PM An artist’s rendering shows one of the two proposed middle schools on the site of William R. Peck Middle School in Holyoke. contributed/Jones Whitsett Architects HOLYOKE — As Election Day approaches Tuesday, one of the most debated issues across the Pioneer Valley is … Continue reading In Holyoke, replacing middle schools is biggest issue on the ballot

Two new middle school buildings could be our legacy in Holyoke (Guest viewpoint)

By William Collamore, School Committee Member, Masslive.com Oct 29, 10:39 I am proud to be a life-long resident and public servant in Holyoke. I am proud of our city. I am proud of our history. I am proud of our community. And I feel hopeful about our future. I have had the tremendous pleasure to … Continue reading Two new middle school buildings could be our legacy in Holyoke (Guest viewpoint)

State Affirms $1 Million Commitment from Holyoke Public Schools for Middle School Buildings Project

State Affirms $1 Million Commitment from Holyoke Public Schools for Middle School Buildings Project Holyoke Public Schools and the City of Holyoke have received written affirmation from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey Riley approving the district’s plan to commit $1 million annually to the City, to help lower the taxpayer … Continue reading State Affirms $1 Million Commitment from Holyoke Public Schools for Middle School Buildings Project

Yes to Invest pressing for Proposition 2 ½ override to fund Holyoke middle schools

By Dennis Hohenberger, from MassLive.com October 13, 2019 HOLYOKE — In a few weeks, voters will either approve or strike down a Proposition 2½ ballot question that seeks to raise property taxes to pay for two public middle schools. Yes to Invest, a grassroots group, is leading the override effort, saying the two schools are critical … Continue reading Yes to Invest pressing for Proposition 2 ½ override to fund Holyoke middle schools

Holyoke public forum discusses proposal for two new middle schools

by: Jada Furlow, Duncan MacleanPosted: Sep 29, 2019 / 09:12 AM EDT / Updated: Sep 30, 2019 / 06:09 AM EDT, from wwlp.com HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – New construction in Holyoke for the first time in 30 years could benefit education. Teachers, students, and parents gathered together at the corner of Cabot Street and Chesnut Avenue in Holyoke Sunday afternoon … Continue reading Holyoke public forum discusses proposal for two new middle schools

Replacing middle schools on ballot in Holyoke

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN Staff WriterPublished: 9/27/2019 5:58:17 PMModified: 9/27/2019 5:58:07 PM, from the Hampshire Gazette HOLYOKE — When temperatures soar outside, classrooms inside William R. Peck Middle School can get even hotter.  Andrea Salvas, the assistant principal at the school, which serves students in grades four through eight, remembers seeing teachers with sweat soaking through their … Continue reading Replacing middle schools on ballot in Holyoke

Fight to build Holyoke middle schools begins with launch of ‘Yes to Invest’ campaign

By Dennis Hohenberger, Masslive.com Spetember 23, 2019 HOLYOKE — In her discussions with voters, Kristen Elechko said, only a few seemed aware that a Proposition 2½ override will be on the November municipal election ballot. A majority vote in favor of the debt exclusion would allow the city to float a $132 million bond to cover … Continue reading Fight to build Holyoke middle schools begins with launch of ‘Yes to Invest’ campaign