Sen. Lesser Tours Chicopee Public Schools, Says He Will “Take Insights Back” to State House

State Sen. Eric P. Lesser visited Barry Elementary, Bellamy Middle School and Chicopee Comp this week to learn first-hand about the work taking place in Chicopee public schools. “It was wonderful meeting the dedicated teachers and talented students that make up the Chicopee public school system,” Lesser said. “I learned a lot from my visits today and will take these insights back to the State Senate.”

“I was greatly impressed with Senator Lesser's grasp of the educational issues that confront our school district, from Common Core to PARCC to unfunded mandates,” said Chicopee Superintendent Richard Rege. “I was pleased to be able to show him the exciting improvements we have made in classroom technology as well as in Career Technical Education. I look forward to working with the Senator on future initiatives.”

Sen. Lesser was accompanied on his tour by Superintendent Richard Rege and School Committee member Michael Pise. In addition to meeting many students and teachers, Sen. Lesser spoke with Barry Principal John Endelos, Bellamy Principal Matthew Francis and Chicopee Comp Principal Derek Morrison.

Sen. Lesser, the Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, also toured Chicopee Comp’s Machine Tool Technology Program, which trains students to enter the local manufacturing industry.

In May Lesser successfully secured an additional $500,000 in Senate budget funds, for a total of $1.5 million, to support a statewide Precision Manufacturing Pilot Program, which trains un/underemployed adults and veterans, including in Hampden County.

Lesser also secured $214,000 in Senate budget funds for a new machine technology program for Western Massachusetts high school students, coordinated by the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative (LPVEC).