Mayor Jon Mitchell says he has formed a sub-committee of the New Bedford School Committee that will explore complaints over discipline issues in the school system.

The announcement comes after Monday night's School Committee meeting where parents and former teachers expressed concern over the lack of discipline at Keith Middle School.

Mitchell says the Ad-Hoc Committee on School Climate will investigate many of the claims that have been made. "Now, to some, that might just seem like an empty gesture, 'we're forming a committee just to talk about it.' That's not the case. Bruce Oliveira, Jack Livramento, Chris Cotter are all School Committee members. They all care about this stuff a lot. They're going to roll up their sleeves and figure out what exactly needs to be done."

The ad-hoc committee will report back to the full School Committee once they have completed their investigation, and provide recommendations based on their findings.