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Parents Share Concerns With New Bedford’s Superintendent

Superintendent of New Bedford Schools Dr. Pia Durkin is on a mission to include parents in the turnaround plan being implemented at the high school.

Dr. Durkin hosted about 30 parents Thursday afternoon, outlining what changes their children will see with the turnaround plan, including a teacher turnover of 29%

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Supt. Pia Durkin (left) at Monday night's New Bedford School Committee Meeting.
Supt. Pia Durkin (left) at Monday night's New Bedford School Committee Meeting.

Supt. Durkin Holding Parent Meetings

Two parent meetings are scheduled for those interested in learning the plans for New Bedford High School, and what the turnaround plan means for their children.

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is inviting parents to the meetings, in hopes the two sit-downs will spark more parental involvement in the future

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Pollock: Superintendent’s Actions Justifiable

One School Committee member feels the Superintendent of New Bedford School's decisions are justifiable when it comes to turning the high school around.

Making her comments on WBSM's "Mid-Day Live", Marlene Pollock says with New Bedford High School's underperforming status, removing key administrators was not going to make as much of a difference as the removal of 29% of the teachers, which is what Superintendent Dr

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Pia Durkin Named “Turnaround Operator” for Parker School

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin admits she's never personally overseen a school takeover before, but is optimistic it will be a relatively smooth transition at the Parker School. Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester named Durkin the "turnaround operator" for the level five elementary school

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Teacher Rally Calls for Halt of Turnaround Plan

Several hundred people gathered outside City Hall Friday, in support of the teachers at New Bedford High School.

New Bedford Educators Association President Lou St. John addressed the large crowd, saying Superintendent Dr

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New Bedford Stakeholders Discuss High School’s Problems

With New Bedford High School's level four status, the state education department calls for several actions, one of them being a Local Stakeholders Group.

The thirteen-person panel met last night to understand their role of interpreting data, and coming up with recommendations for Superintendent Dr

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New Bedford Council Questioning Use of Textbook Money

The New Bedford City Council remains concerned over the alleged misuse of $1 million allotted to the school department for textbooks last year. After the Council granted the funds in May of 2012, reports surfaced that the money went to new hires instead of textbooks and other classroom necessities

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Two New School Administrators Named in New Bedford

New Bedford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pia Durkin names 2 new administrators in the school district.

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TSM - Barry Haskell (L) and Interim Superintendent Michael Shea (R) waiting to speak at a recent City Council Budget Hearing.
TSM - Barry Haskell (L) and Interim Superintendent Michael Shea (R) waiting to speak at a recent City Council Budget Hearing.

Mike Shea Ends Tenure As Interim Superintendent

The interim Superintendent of New Bedford Schools is heading back to retirement. 

Former Voke Tech administrator Mike Shea held down the post for 14 months, dealing with budget problems, making key hires, and fending off a threatened takeover of the school system by the state

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TSM - Mitchell delivers his proposed budget

Mitchell Unveils Proposed FY ’14 New Bedford Budget

Mayor Jon Mitchell says his proposed fiscal year 2014 budget takes a "steady as she goes" approach. Mitchell says his $263-million proposal will keep the city at status quo, while also restoring a third of the Rainy Day Fund

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