The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Update on Chronically Underperforming Schools: Receiver Presentations

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner
December 7, 2018

In the fall of 2013, four schools were designated as chronically underperforming schools in response to their low performance and lack of improvement while underperforming schools: UP Academy Holland (UAH) and Paul A. Dever Elementary School (Dever) in Boston, Morgan Full Service Community School (Morgan) in Holyoke, and John Avery Parker Elementary School (Parker) in New Bedford. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education received the first-quarter FY2019 reports on each of these schools in October.

At the meeting of the Board on December 18th, the receivers of UAH (UP Education Network), Dever (Michael Contompasis), and Parker (School & Main Institute, Inc.) will provide an update on their school's overall academic progress to date. In the spring, the Board will hear a report from Steve Zrike, receiver for Holyoke Public Schools and the Morgan School.

Among the topics the receivers will cover are their respective school's vision and strategic priorities, support for educators, and highlights on successes and specific challenge areas. Following the presentations, the receivers will answer questions from the Board.

Senior Associate Commissioner Russell Johnston and Lauren Woo, Director of the Office of Strategic Transformation, will join the school receivers at the Board meeting.