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Holyoke School Committee Votes to Close Center for Excellence

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Following the state’s directive to close the school, the Center for Excellence in Holyoke will be shut down.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse says that the committee voted 8-1 Wednesday to close the school.

The Center for Excellence, once the Lawrence School, currently houses solely special education students, something the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says is not allowed.

Morse says that the school and student body will be “dismantled,” with those students being moved and integrated into other city schools.

Holyoke Superintendent of School David Dupont adds that the vote sets into motion the conversion of the building, located the corner of Cabot and Maple Streets, into a facility serving students in kindergarten to third grade.

The Peck School will convert to a school for grades four through eight.

The changes voted on Wednesday take effect for the 2013-2014 school year.