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Security At NBHS In The Spotlight

School Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is announcing plans to improve security at New Bedford High School.

Durkin says the city has received $6.5 million from the Mass. School Building Authority to address security and technology issues

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Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Chester Encouraged By Visit To New Bedford

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says he's encouraged by what he saw Thursday in New Bedford's underperforming schools.

Chester visited both the Parker School and New Bedford High School

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

Mayor: City Welcomes Education Commissioner’s Input

The state's Commissioner of Education is visiting New Bedford on Thursday, stopping at two of the city's underperforming schools for meetings with teachers, administrators and parents.

Mitchell Chester will start his day visiting classroom at the Parker Elementary School, which the state has designated as a level five school or chronically underperforming

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Refurbished Basketball Courts Open At Buttonwood Park

If you play basketball, you probably have played a game or two at the courts at Buttonwood Park.

The three courts have been around for decades, and now have been refurbished, thanks to a fund-raising effort by The Friends of Buttonwood Park, expertise provided by the City of New Bedford, and several local companies who donated materials and labor

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New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

Scheduling Issues Mar Start Of School Year At NBHS

New Bedford High School Headmaster Kathleen Dawson told the School Committee Monday night, the opening of the high school was okay, but not as smooth as she had hoped.

Many students didn't receive their schedules till the first day of school, and some of those schedules were wrong

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Greg Desrosiers/TSM

New Bedford Teachers Welcomed By Local Community Organizations

The Buttonwood Park Zoo was filled with more than just animals Tuesday evening.

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New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

Summer Grads To Receive Diplomas On Thursday

New Bedford High School will be the scene of a graduation ceremony on Thursday.

Twenty-six students who, for whatever reason failed to attain enough credits to graduate back in June, attended classes this summer to qualify for their diplomas

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Break-In, Vandalism Investigated At Keith Middle School

Another case of school vandalism in New Bedford, this time at Keith Middle School.

According to an email sent to School Committee members by Jason Defalco, the Chief Academic Officer, at least ten teens broke into the school Saturday night, vandalizing school property, tossing food around in the community room, leaving graffiti in the auditorium, and breaking video equipment

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Photo from New Bedford Police
Photo from New Bedford Police

Police Arrest Suspect, Recover $25,000 Worth Of Heroin

A New Bedford man faces drug charges following his arrest over the weekend.

Narcotics detectives obtained a search warrant for 330B Smith Street in Westlawn, and after gaining entry, police found a safe in a bedroom containing 248 grams of heroin

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DARTMOUTH-TOWN-HALL

Dartmouth Taps Shea As Interim Superintendent

Michael Shea, the former Voc-Tech superintendent and interim New Bedford superintendent, has been asked to temporarily manage Dartmouth's school system. The Standard-Times reports that the Dartmouth School Committee voted 3-1 to ask Shea to manage the district after Superintendent Ana Riley leaves for a post in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

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