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Teachers Avoid “No Confidence” Vote for Superintendent

A "vote of no confidence" in the superintendent by the New Bedford Educators Association was just a rumor, according to the union president.

Following a union meeting, President Lou St. John says instead, the union will assemble a task force to sift through the concerns of teachers, and formulate recommendations to be presented to Dr

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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

Durkin Receives Stakeholders Recommendations for NBHS

 

A local stakeholders group has submitted its recommendations for a turnaround plan for New Bedford High School  to Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin.

Durkin says she appreciated how a culture of excellance resonated throughout the recommendations although she reserved comments on any specifics until she can study them in depth.

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TSM -  Ward 3 Councilor Henry Bousquet
TSM - Ward 3 Councilor Henry Bousquet

City Councilors Want More Discipline In Schools

 

The City Council is joining the debate over violence in New Bedford Schools.

The Council approved a motion Tuesday night, asking the School Dept. for data on the number of teacher assaults in the last three months, and how many fights are being reported.

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TSM - New Bedford High School
TSM - New Bedford High School

Durkin Wants Quicker Response To Altercations At High School

 

New Bedford School Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin says she wants staff at New Bedford High School to respond quicker to classrooms where students are verbally or physically confronting teachers.

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TSM - Supt. Pia Durkin (L) reviews goals with New Bedford School Committee
TSM - Supt. Pia Durkin (L) reviews goals with New Bedford School Committee

Durkin And NB School Committee Review Goals

 

School Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin offered a self-assessment of her performance so far, during a meeting of the New Bedford School Committee.

Durkin told the Committee,  the district needs to go a bit slower, to build a better foundation.  

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TSM - sign outside New Bedford High School
TSM - sign outside New Bedford High School

School Officials To Upgrade Equipment, Services At NBHS

 

Steps are being taken at New Bedford High School to improve educational attainment there. 

Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin told the School Committee Monday night, the district has secured 200 surplus computers from Greater New Bedford Voke Tech High School. 

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TSM - New Bedford High School joins list of underperforming schools in Commonwealth
TSM - New Bedford High School joins list of underperforming schools in Commonwealth

Durkin: Improving MCAS Scores At NBHS Is “Doable”

School officials say a lot of work needs to be done to drastically improve MCAS scores in New Bedford. 

The 2013 scores were generally about the same as last year around the district, but New Bedford High School joined the Parker School and Hayden-McFadden as "level four" or underperforming schools

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Jim Phillips / TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) at recent School Committee Meeting
Jim Phillips / TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) at recent School Committee Meeting

Parker School Considered For “Level Five” Designation

State Education officials have reviewed the most recent MCAS scores from the struggling John A. Parker School in New Bedford, and they're not happy with the slow pace of academic progress at the so-called "level four" school

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TSM - Carney students led from the school to waiting parents after lockdown was lifted.
TSM - Carney students led from the school to waiting parents after lockdown was lifted.

Update: Three Arrested Following West End Shootings

New Bedford Police have arrested two male juveniles and an adult female in connection with a shooting incident Monday afternoon in the city's West End. 

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TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) at recent School Committee meeting.
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) at recent School Committee meeting.

Durkin: 2013 Will Be Challenging School Year

The New Bedford School Department is getting its budget in order, but to do that, school officials were forced to eliminate more than 200 positions, including the layoff of 150 teachers. 

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