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

School Committee Appoints Interim Special Ed Director

In light of recent issues in the Special Education Department, the New Bedford School Committee appointed an Interim Executive Director to take charge.

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Matt Malone speaking at UMass Dartmouth
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Matt Malone speaking at UMass Dartmouth

Secretary of Education Shares Thoughts on Education In Commonwealth

Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Matt Malone, visited the UMass Dartmouth campus Tuesday to discuss his views of education in the State.

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School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM
School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

Durkin Sets Goals For 2014-15 School Year

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is setting her goals for the current school year.

Durkin outlined her agenda before the School Committee Monday night.

Durkin said her goal continues to be a 40% reduction in the number of students rated as "needing improvement" or "unsatisfactory" in the state's standardized test

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New Bedford High School
New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

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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TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee

Supt. Durkin Issues Report On Keith Alarm

Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin had little new information to share Thursday night with the School Committee about the alarm failure earlier this year at Keith Middle School.

The school was the scene of a break-in two months ago, and two adults and 11 juveniles were charged with vandalizing the building

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Keith Middle School
Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection

Mum’s the Word on Keith Middle School Discipline

The alarm system at Keith Middle School is now fully functional. Yet, there are plenty of questions as to how the alarm was disabled since at least 2008. Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mayor Jon Mitchell isn't certain if there will ever be a definitive answer since there have been several leadership changes since the school was constructed in 2006

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New Bedford High School
New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

Supt. Durkin Reviews First Day Of School

There were a few transportation glitches on the opening day of school in New Bedford. But Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin still gave the district an "A-" for the opening of school Tuesday.

Dr. Durkin knows that all eyes on are on New Bedford's underperforming schools, New Bedford High, Parker School, and Hayden McFadden

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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

New Bedford Superintendent Says District Prepared for New Year

School is set to begin Tuesday and Superintendent Pia Durkin says the district is ready to take on a challenging academic year. With two struggling elementary schools and other difficulties, Durkin said it's heartening that the district's turnaround plan recently was lauded by the state

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Greg Desroseirs/TSM
Greg Desroseirs/TSM

Superintendent Evaluation Is Released By School Committee

The grades are in for Supt. Pia Durkin. The New Bedford School Committee released its End-of-Cycle Summative Evaluation report for the superintendent Monday night.

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Greg Desrosiers/TSM

MCAS Soon To Be Replaced In New Bedford

The days for MCAS testing in New Bedford schools are numbered after Monday night's School Committee meeting.

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