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Dean will remain a technical school for at least one more year

Date: 5/15/2015

HOLYOKE – The future of vocational education in the city was alluded to in statements released by Mayor Alex Morse and Mitchell Chester, commissioner of Education.

Jacqueline Reis, media relations coordinator for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, confirmed to Reminder Publications that while William J. Dean Technical High School will remain a technical school for the 2015-2016 school year, there may be a change in the future.

Reis said, “The commissioner has said he is committed to ensuring Holyoke students have access to a strong vocational technical program. Exactly what form that takes after next year is something that will be part of the district turnaround plan that will be drawn up in the coming months.”

Morse wrote on his Facebook page on May 12, “The commissioner of Education announced today that Dean Technical High School will continue as a vocational high school, and the commissioner also announced that Project GRAD will conclude all operations in the city effective June 30.

“As part of receivership, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has been reviewing many facets of the work going on in Holyoke Public Schools and has been trying to keep the public informed.

“In that spirit, we would like you to know that William J. Dean Technical High School will continue to be a vocational technical school for the 2015-16 school year. We know students are making decisions about where to enroll, and we want to let them know of this option as soon as possible.”

Morse concluded his statement, “We would also like to inform the Holyoke community that after careful consideration and by mutual agreement, ESE and Project GRAD have decided that, effective June 30, Project GRAD will conclude all operations in Holyoke. The organization had been the receiver for the Morgan School and a district partner at Dean. Both ESE and Project GRAD are focused on a strong finish to the current school year and ensuring students are well-positioned for success in the fall.”