HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - After last school year's MCAS results, the state designated the Morgan School in Holyoke as "chronically underperforming."
The Morgan School teachers and parents are wearing purple ribbons Tuesday as they discussed the future of the school with Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. The Commissioner wants the state to temporarily take control of Holyoke's Morgan Elementary School.
The Morgan School has been "underperforming" for three years. Now it could be designated as "chronically underperforming." Commissioner Chester said, with no substantial improvement in reading and math, the state will get involved.
Teachers and faculty of the Morgan School said at Tuesday’s meeting, “Right now we have two students that came to kindergarten, ready to read. Only 2 out of 60 kindergarten students."
Commissioner Chester said that's not good enough. He told 22News after reviewing the 2013 MCAS scores, he has determined that Holyoke's Morgan School is "chronically underperforming." He wants to designate it as a "Level 5 school," and have the state temporarily take over.
Commissioner Chester is responsible for coming up with a turnaround plan for a Level 5 school. He could either ask the school's superintendent or a new leader, called a receiver, to lead the school.
“They would be pretty intensive changes in terms of managing the school, running the school, setting up the school and structuring classes,” he said.
However, Tuesday night, parents and teachers asked the Commissioner to postpone the state takeover,
that the school has come a long way, and they can do more to improve it.
Marie Auguste told 22News she has three children attending the Morgan School. She said, “The family engagement to come together and the behavioral management program.”
Another parent, Rosa Cabrera, said, “If they have any concerns, they have to send a note to the teacher or come to the open house. If they see that the kid not improving, come talk to the school, the principal, the teacher.”
Holyoke's Dean Tech is still a Level 4 school. Three Springfield schools were lifted out of Level 4 back in September.
One teacher told 22News more funding to reduce the class size should be Step #1. “Right now we have classes’ sizes that are pushing 24 to 25 kids in the middle school, and we started kindergarten with 29 kids in the classroom. So if we can help reduce those numbers, it'll help kids get on the faster track,” said math teacher Christopher Fontaine.