PVCICS expands food options, bus service 

  • Richard Alcorn, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in front of the school in Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/SARAH CROSBY

Staff Writer
Published: 8/22/2018 8:16:08 AM

HADLEY — Families at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School have a new lunch provider, and the school is expanding bus service in Chicopee and Springfield. 

“This year is another year of growth and we're looking forward to welcoming returning and new families,” Principal Kathleen Wang said in a email statement. “As in the past, we have families from throughout the Pioneer Valley here. It brings such a rich diversity to our school community.”

Wang said that a new lunch provider will provide “a broader selection of entrees” at the school, and will also be introducing school breakfast.

Executive Director Richard Alcorn also stated in an email that the school is focused on giving children an opportunity to attend a school that is more integrated than most of the districts who send students to the charter school located on Route 9 in Hadley. 

“To that end we have made the bus from Springfield non-stop, are adding bus service to Chicopee and are trying to add seats to give more kids the opportunity to attend the school,” Alcorn said.

The school recently applied to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for permission to expand its enrollment — the third such request the school has made in three years.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.
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