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Innovation Zone Not Likely For NB Middle Schools

New Bedford is unlikely to move forward with Innovation Zone plans for the city's middle schools.

At Monday's School Committee meeting, officials announced the district would pursue a different middle school redesign as they try to improve grades...

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L-r: School nursing staff Donna Calderbank, Kelly Melo, Jan Turner, Melissa Goncalves, and interim supervisor Wanda Nunes present
receipts from the items bought from donations, totaling more than $3,900, with NBEA President Lou St. John and FCFCU President & CEO Peter Muise. COURTESY OF NEW BEDFORD SCHOOLS.
L-r: School nursing staff Donna Calderbank, Kelly Melo, Jan Turner, Melissa Goncalves, and interim supervisor Wanda Nunes present receipts from the items bought from donations, totaling more than $3,900, with NBEA President Lou St. John and FCFCU President & CEO Peter Muise. COURTESY OF NEW BEDFORD SCHOOLS.

NBEA To Distribute Coats, Other Winter Items to New Bedford Students in Need

NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Educators Association collected more than $3,900 in donations for their annual winter coat drive. With the donations, the school nursing staffs, who coordinate the drive, were able to purchase more than $5,000 worth of clothing and toiletries for students in need with discounts from local businesses...

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Five Star Companies CEO David Cabral, middle, speaking to Supt. Pia Durkin (L) and Ma Sec. of Education Jim Peyser. | Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Five Star Companies CEO David Cabral, middle, speaking to Supt. Pia Durkin (L) and Ma Sec. of Education Jim Peyser. | Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Five Southcoast Companies Join MA STEM@Work Program

Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser visited New Bedford Monday to announce five Southcoast companies have signed on to participate in MA STEM@Workto engage high school students in the career fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

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Jon Faria/TSM

School Climate, Community Engagement Among Supt. Durkin’s Top Goals

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin presented the School Committee with her goals for the 2016-2017 school year Monday night.

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TSM

Mayor Mitchell Reacts To School Test Scores

State test results for New Bedford Schools were mixed, but Mayor Jon Mitchell is still looking for improvement.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, the Mayor said faculty and administrators are working hard to attain higher academic acheivement in both the middle schools and high school...

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Syringe or Wood Chip

Lots of buzz within social media over an incident at New Bedford's Hayden McFadden School. A child finds what some are claiming to be a syringe in the playground and jabs another student several times, with the needle...

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Barry Richard/Townsquare Media

Mom Says Daughter Was Stabbed with Hypodermic Needle at New Bedford School, Hires Lawyer

The mother of a student at Hayden-McFadden School in New Bedford has hired a lawyer after she says her daughter was stabbed with a hypodermic needle on school grounds...

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Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Durkin And School Committee Must Communicate But Not Through Facebook

 

 

A very nasty disagreement has developed between School Committeeman Chris Cotter and Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin.  The public dispute has spilled onto the pages of Facebook where nothing at all will be resolved.

Cotte...

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Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Proceed Cautiously With Innovation Zones

 

It's not a new story, an all A student leaves grade school for middle school and somehow hits a wall.  How do you fix the problem and make middle school more engaging for students and keep them interested in their education going forward? Tha...

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Chris Cotter/Facebook
Chris Cotter/Facebook

Cotter Defends Integrity Against Accusations from Supt. Pia Durkin

New Bedford School Committee member Chris Cotter made a bold statement at Monday night's meeting.

Cotter, a detective with the City's police department, says Superintendent Pia Durkin sent a letter to Mayor Jon Mitchell and Cotter's department head, accusing Cotter of using his position as a detective to gather information on a situation involving a student and a teacher at Keith Middle School...

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