Springfield Public Schools

The latest statewide school accountability results from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education were cause for celebration in the largest school district in western Massachusetts. 

skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts
City of Springfield

  The largest city in western Massachusetts is trumpeting a big reduction in its energy use.


     During the last 10 years, more than $600 million has been spent on building renovation projects in the largest public school system in western Massachusetts.


School resource officers in the largest city in western Massachusetts will now be required to receive training from a national organization.


     No more “mystery meats” or muffins laden with chemical preservatives will be on the menus in the cafeterias of the largest public school system in western Massachusetts. 

a water drinking fountain

    A recent report from MassPIRG and Environment Massachusetts gave the state a “D” for its efforts to get lead out of school’s drinking water.    But officials say the Springfield Public Schools deserve a much higher grade. 

Springfield Public Schools

    As lawmakers on Beacon Hill debate ways to reform the state’s more than 25-year old school funding formula, officials are starting to write a new budget for the largest school district in western Massachusetts.


    It is the first day of the new academic year in the second-largest public school district in Massachusetts.  25,000 students returned to classes today in Springfield.


   A project to inspire the next generation of engineers in America will start this fall in the middle schools of Springfield, Massachusetts.


A recent rash of unfounded threats of school violence brought a stern warning today from a top law enforcement official in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Public Schools

     The Springfield Public Schools face a $6.8 million deficit in next year’s budget.

     A community health organization formed in Springfield, Massachusetts 20 years ago has started the new year by changing its name. 


  Construction is underway on a new food center that will provide improved nutrition for tens of thousands of children in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts.

      Classes begin Monday August 28th for nearly 26,000 students in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.


Students will begin classes on August 28th in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after what officials described as a “summer blitz” of construction.

    With an improved economy and lower unemployment rate, the second-largest school district in Massachusetts is looking to fill dozens of immediate job openings.


    After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month.  


    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a series of public meetings on the budget proposed to operate the city in the next fiscal year.  The first of the four scheduled budget review sessions is later today, with a final vote by the council tentatively set for mid-June. 


   There is a diversity gap in the public schools in Massachusetts. As the student population in the state has grown more diverse over the last several years, the state’s teaching corps has remained predominately white.   Some school districts are trying to close the gap.

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, during his State of the Commonwealth Address a week ago, touted a new education model called “school empowerment zones.” 

         The only one of its kind is in Springfield where the city’s nine middle schools operate in an Empowerment Zone Partnership. 

        WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Chris Gabrieli, who chairs the independent board that oversees the schools.


    In a first for a public school system in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is building its own food services center.


    Labor Day is a week away, but school is back in session in many places including the second-largest public school district in Massachusetts.


     An effort is under way in one western Massachusetts city to get young children to pick up a book, or two, before they head back to school in a few weeks. 

Officials say good progress was made during the first year of an initiative to turn around the struggling middle schools in the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.  The nine middle schools in Springfield are operated by a public-private partnership in a model that more closely resembles what a lot of charter schools do.


The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.

A new budget has been adopted for the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts that officials say puts “students first.”   The Springfield Public Schools will spend more money next year on technology in the classrooms, early childhood education, and launch a program to put a computer in the hands of every student.

Wellspring Cooperative

A plan to build a worker cooperative greenhouse in western Massachusetts has received a boost with the announcement of purchasing commitments from several large institutions.


A community campaign to improve early child literacy in Springfield, Massachusetts has won national honors. 

 Springfield’s “Reading Success by 4th Grade” initiative was cited for making measurable progress on eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families that can block them from becoming proficient readers.


In what is believed to be a first for a school district in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is going to build its own food services center. It will be a centralized warehouse and production facility to support a growing meals program in the state’s second largest public school system.


The federal official in charge of national nutrition programs was in Springfield, Massachusetts Friday to see a unique effort that has dramatically increased the number of children who start the school day with a nutritious breakfast.

When 2,000 students stream through the doors of Central High School every morning just after 7, breakfast is waiting for them – right in their first period homeroom.