Prayers and well wishes were offered Monday for the New Bedford School District.

The prayer service took place at the North Baptist Church on County Street and is held annually before the start of the school year.

School officials admit, the 2013-2014 school year was a difficult one, with lots of acrimony between the New Bedford Educators Association and the central office.

Rev. David Lima, the Executive Minister of the Interchurch Council says he's praying for less of that in the coming school year......

Teachers and Administrators were told Monday, if they were struggling with issues and needed someone to speak to, clergy members would available to meet with them.

This is the tenth year for the annual prayer service for New Bedford Schools.