Notebook::Holyoke

Looking back to last March and April

Above and below: Emails, letters, and testimony about the Holyoke receivership from students, parents, teachers, administrators, residents, and community partners.


Of the letters and emails received, only one (unsigned) expressed support for receivership. Of the testimony heard, only a very few were in support of state receivership for Holyoke Public Schools.
Prior to taking the vote last April, the Board held a Public Hearing at the War Memorial in Holyoke (standing room only);
of 63 speakers just a handful expressed support for receivership.
One of the lighter moments when Board Chair Paul Sagan addressed the standing room audience through an activist-supplied bullhorn (while glitches with the on-site PA system were being worked on).