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 ...

Durkin and the New Bedford Educator's Association also are locked in a conflict over possible longer school days on Fridays. School currently lets out at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, earlier than other days.

TSM - Supt. Pia Durkin (L) during recent School Committee meeting (Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM