HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)– Dr. Stephen Zrike, the Holyoke Public Schools’ new Receiver, is scheduled to meet with students and parents Monday, at the Holyoke Public Library. The public event is intended as a kickoff to the students’ summer reading program. Zrike is scheduled to read to students at the event starting at 2 P.M. Monday.

The event is open to parents and students to meet Dr. Stephen Zrike, the state appointed Receiver of the city’s school system.

Zrike was appointed Holyoke’s Public School system Receiver at the start of June, following the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education vote to takeover system, citing years of under performance.

Zrike is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.  He led a network of 26 schools in Chicago before coming to Holyoke.  He also has managed turnaround efforts at two schools in Boston, and has served as superintendent of schools in Wakefield, Mass.

When appointed the school system’s receiver Zrike said upping community and family involvement in students’ learning will be a major part of his turnaround efforts in Holyoke.

Monday’s reading event is the start of a summer reading challenge competition. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade are being challenged to return their completed summer reading calendars by Aug. 31st. High School students are being to do the same with their summer assignment. Dr. Zrike says there will be a school-wide treat offered to the school with the highest overall percentage of students returning their summer reading assignments.