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TSM-School budget workshop
TSM-School budget workshop

Durkin Unveils Budget Specifics

 

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin provided a summary of her proposed fiscal 2015 budget last night at Keith Middle School.

The preliminary budget request is $118.7 million for the fiscal year starting July 1st. Tha

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

Amaral And School Committee Prep for Budget Workshop

The newest member of the New Bedford School Committee says he's looking forward to his first budget workshop session Wednesday night at Keith Middle School. 

Josh Amaral tells WBSM News, he knows money isn't the answer to every problem in the school system, but it sure would help

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TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell (R) reads plaque honoring Dr. John Fletcher for his years on the School Committee.
TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell (R) reads plaque honoring Dr. John Fletcher for his years on the School Committee.

Dr. Fletcher Honored For His Service On School Committee

 

Dr. John Fletcher attended his last New Bedford School Committee meeting this week.

Fletcher served on the school board for eight years before deciding to run for City Council.  He was defeated in the Ward Five primary in October.

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

Turnaround Plan For NBHS Draws Criticism From Teachers Union

 The Superintendent of schools is moving ahead with a turnaround plan for New Bedford High School, that includes replacing the schools administrative team and a 50% change-over in the  teaching staff

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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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Some Surprizes In New Bedford Election

 

Here's the results from New Bedford's Municipal Election Tuesday.

The outcome of the at-large council race contained a major surprize.  Former Councilor Naomi Carney edged incumbant John Saunders for the fifth and final at large seat.  T

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Dr. Lawrence Finnerty
Dr. Lawrence Finnerty

Dr. Lawrence Finnerty for Re-Election on “Mid-Day Live”

Dr. Lawrence Finnerty has served for three years on the New Bedford School Committee, and is finishing up his first term at the end of this year. Dr. Finnerty is seeking re-election to the committee.

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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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Josh Amaral for School Committee on “Mid-Day Live”

In the first of a series of "Meet and Greets" on WBSM, Josh Amaral joined me for an hour of discussion.

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New Bedford Administration Building
New Bedford Administration Building

School Committee Looks to Improve Communication

Information sharing is one of the most important practices the New Bedford School Committee needs to stay on top of. That's according to Dr. Irwin Blummer, former Superintendent of Schools in Newton, who met with committee members for two hours Thursday night, giving a laundry list of how the committee can communicate more effectively with department heads and other department staff

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