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Coelho Named Permanent Headmaster At NBHS

Bernadette Coelho has been named the permanent Headmaster at New Bedford High School.

Coelho has worked at the high school since 2006, and was named the acting Headmaster earlier this year, following the resignation of Kathleen Dawson

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New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

Graduation Rate Improves At NBHS

A hopeful sign at New Bedford High School.

The state Office of Elementary and Secondary Education reports the 2014 graduation rate at New Bedford High School climbed to just over 70 percent from 66 percent the year before

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Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin speaking during announcement of a new teachers contract. / Jim Phillips / TSM
Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin speaking during announcement of a new teachers contract. / Jim Phillips / TSM

More Details On New Teachers Contract

Officials on Wednesday offered more details on a new contract agreed to by the city government and the New Bedford Educators Association.

The package is for one year, and pledges 20 hours of professional development for teachers through out the school year

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Parnets and students seek information at Family Welcome Center / Jim Phillips / TSM
Parnets and students seek information at Family Welcome Center / Jim Phillips / TSM

Family Welcome Center Holds Open House

An Open House Friday at the Family Welcome Center in the Paul Rodrigues Administration building on County Street.

Dozens of school department employees and their community partners attended.

The Center offers a variety of services to families entering the New Bedford school system

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NB Teachers Holding Their Own In Evaluation Ratings

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin says she's generally satisfied with how New Bedford teachers faired in the second year of a statewide evaluation program.

The numbers were released Thursday by the Massachusetts Dept

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Dr. Pia Durkin Addressing School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM
Dr. Pia Durkin Addressing School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

Durkin Offers Plan For Accelerated Improvement In NB Schools

The Superintendent of Schools is laying out a plan for accelerated improvement in New Bedford schools.

Dr. Pia Durkin told the School Committee Monday night, the plan includes principals providing leadership by coaching teachers, and teachers focusing on core instruction and working together

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

New Bedford Shows Modest Gains In MCAS

State Education officials say 88 percent of high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state's largest cities were in danger of failing

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Jim Phillips / TSM - New Bedford School Committee
Jim Phillips / TSM - New Bedford School Committee

Durkin Outlines Turnaround Grant for High School

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin briefed the School Committee Wednesday night about the $2.4 million grant the city has received to fund the turnaround plan at New Bedford High School.

The grant amounts to $800,000 a year for three years, but Dr

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mayor Continues To Support Supt. Durkin’s Approach

Regardless of the outcome of a "no confidence" vote taken by teachers against Dr. Pia Durkin, Mayor Jon Mitchell says the Superintendent still has the support of himself and the School Committee.

Members of the New Bedford Educators Association have been voting over several days, and results are expected to be announced Thursday

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TSM - Supt. Pia Durkin (L) during recent School Committee meeting (Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
TSM - Supt. Pia Durkin (L) during recent School Committee meeting (Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Teachers Taking “No Confidence” Vote This Week

New Bedford teachers are taking a vote of "no confidence" this week against Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin.  The vote was disclosed in a memo sent to all members late Saturday

According to the Union's Board of Directors, there was a vote taken Friday afternoon at Keith Middle School, where the vast majority of teachers present expressed no confidence in Dr

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