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School Committee Picks Next New Bedford Superintendent

New Bedford has a new superintendent, and its Dr. Pia Durkin.

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With a six-to-one vote Monday, the School Committee picked the outgoing Attleboro Superintendent to lead New Bedford Schools, the District’s fifth superintendent in as many years.

Mayor Jon Mitchell tells WBSM News he’s happy with the selection process, and the decision to select Dr. Durkin.

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Other committee members pointed to Dr. Durkin’s work ethic, research into New Bedford’s issues and desire to involve the business community in calling her the “best fit” for the district. There was no shortage of reasons for selecting the long-time educator, says Committee member Marlene Pollock.

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Outgoing Memphis Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash received one vote, while Chicago Educator Dr. Steven Zrike captured none. Pending successful contract negotiations and her acceptance of the offer, Dr. Durkin’s term as New Bedford superintendent will begin on July 1st.

The School Committee also set dates for public hearings on the city’s two Innovation School proposals. Those meetings will take place on March 20th and 27th at 6pm, at the Keith Middle School.

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