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New Bedford Public Schools, Massachusetts

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New Bedford Public Schools
New Bedford, Massachusetts
New Bedford Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Pia Durkin
Enrollment:12,538 students
Graduation rate:61.8%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $138.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jonathan F. Mitchell
Board members:7
Term length:4
New Bedford Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of New Bedford. It is the eighth-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 12,616 students in 25 schools.[1][2]

About the district

New Bedford Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts
New Bedford Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Bristol County is Taunton. According to the 2010 US Census, Bristol County is home to 551,082 residents.[3]

Demographics

Bristol County underperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Bristol County was 11.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Bristol County was $55,813 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 25.1% of Bristol County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Bristol County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 91.1 83.7
Black or African American 4.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 123,044 36.43
Republican 34,914 10.34
Green-Rainbow 320 0.09
Unaffiliated 177,632 52.60
Other 1,800 0.53

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools is Dr. Pia Durkin, who was appointed by the School Committee on July 1, 2013.[5] Durkin earned her Master's degree and Ph.D. from New York University.[6] In her career, Durkin has served as an educator, director of special education, Assistant Superintendent for Boston Public Schools, Associate Director with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and Superintendent of Attleboro Public Schools.[6] During her seven years with Attleboro, Durkin "instituted a number of reforms, obtained reaccreditation of the high school and saw improvements in standardized test scores and graduation rates," but also "came under criticism over the school system’s rapid turnover of administrators, as well as over communications issues."[7]

School board

New Bedford Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to four-year terms. New Bedford's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board.[8]

New Bedford School Committee
Member District Term Ends
Jonathan F. Mitchell Mayor N/A
Lawrence J. Finnerty At-large 2017
Josh Amaral At-large 2017
Joaquim Livramento At-large 2015
Jack Nobrega At-large 2017
Bruce Oliveira At-large 2015
Marlene Pollock At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: New Bedford Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the New Bedford School Committee are elected to four-year terms. The primary election was held on October 8, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.

Budget

New Bedford Public Schools published its annual budget on their district website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $127,280,895 73.6% $16,552,827 9.6% $13,411,084 7.8% $0 0% $15,771,534 9.1% $173,016,340
2011-2012 $126,429,674 74.2% $16,751,895 9.8% $11,198,741 6.6% $0 0% $16,118,789 9.5% $170,499,099
Averages: $126,855,284.5 74% $16,652,361 10% $12,304,912.5 7% $0 0% $15,945,161.5 9% $171,757,719.5

Teacher salaries

New Bedford Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.

Unions

Educators of New Bedford Public Schools are represented by the New Bedford Educators Association, which is part of the National Education Association.[10]

Schools in New Bedford

Enrollment

New Bedford Public Schools serves 12,616 students in 25 schools. New Bedford Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[1]

District schools

New Bedford Public Schools operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[1]

New Bedford Public Schools
School Name
Ashley Elementary School
Brooks Elementary School
Campbell Elementary School
Carney Memorial Academy
Congdon Elementary School
DeValles Elementary School
Dunbar Elementary School
Gomes Elementary School
Hannigan Elementary School
Hathaway Elementary School
Hayden-McFadden Elementary School
Keith Middle School
Kempton Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
New Bedford High School
Normandin Middle School
Pacheco Elementary School
Parker Elementary School
Pulaski Elementary School
Rodman Elementary School
Roosevelt Middle School
Swift Elementary School
Taylor Elementary School
Trinity Day Academy
Whaling City Alternative School

Academic performance

MCAS Results for New Bedford Public Schools, Spring 2012[11]
Grade and Subject ' Proficient or Higher Advanced Proficient Needs Improvement Warning/ Failing Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
District State District State District State District State District State
Grade 03 - Reading 45 61 6 15 39 46 42 30 14 9 1,081 76.2 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 40 61 13 27 27 34 37 25 23 14 1,078 69.9 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 35 57 3 13 32 44 42 30 22 14 1,015 67.9 35.0 884
Grade 04 - Mathematics 34 51 8 16 26 35 47 36 19 12 1,016 70.0 36.0 886
Grade 05 - English language arts 37 61 4 17 33 44 42 28 21 11 869 70.7 42.0 774
Grade 05 - Mathematics 36 57 8 25 28 32 34 26 29 17 873 65.6 28.0 775
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 29 52 6 22 23 30 47 34 24 14 871 65.5 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 41 66 5 18 36 48 37 22 21 11 811 71.9 40.0 700
Grade 06 - Mathematics 44 60 15 27 29 33 34 24 22 16 819 71.7 54.0 700
Grade 07 - English language arts 44 71 2 15 42 56 39 21 17 7 944 74.5 32.5 806
Grade 07 - Mathematics 25 51 6 20 19 31 39 30 36 18 950 57.6 32.0 807
Grade 08 - English language arts 61 81 5 18 56 63 27 14 13 6 962 82.2 43.0 847
Grade 08 - Mathematics 23 52 5 22 18 30 38 28 39 19 961 55.7 33.0 843
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 13 43 0 5 13 38 45 38 41 20 960 51.0 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 64 88 8 37 56 51 29 9 7 3 471 85.5 27.0 345
Grade 10 - Mathematics 42 78 17 50 25 28 34 15 24 7 467 68.9 18.0 344
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 29 69 4 24 25 45 48 25 22 6 415 64.0 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 46 69 5 19 41 50 37 22 17 9 6,153 74.9 37.0 4,356
All Grades - Mathematics 35 59 10 27 25 32 38 26 28 15 6,164 65.4 34.0 4,355
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 22 54 3 17 19 37 47 32 31 13 2,246 59.0 N/A N/A

Issues

Teacher layoffs

In August, 2013, Superintendent Durkin announced that the school district would be laying off more than 200 employees, including 150 teachers. These cuts came in response to significant budgetary problems within the district, and Superintendent Durkin has confirmed that these cuts are final and will not be reversed, unlike layoffs in previous years.[12] Following the announcement of the cuts, Superintendent Durkin admitted that the cuts "created a great deal of angst."[13]

Poor district performance

The school districts has "one of the worst records in the state in terms of student test scores and graduation rates."[13] Superintendent Durkin has expressed that, "There's a disconnect to how the city looks, acts and feels when you're in it, to how the schools are performing and that has to be connected... There's a reluctance of wanting to take risks."[13] She has identified several trouble areas to address, including budgetary problems, resource allocation problems and basic operational problems.[13] The school board has voted to open an "innovation school" to address academic performance issues in the district, which led to a backlash against the decision by the local teachers union, the New Bedford Educators Association.[14]

Contact information

New Bedford Public Schools seal.jpg

School Committee
Paul Rodrigues Administration Building
455 County St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508-997-4511
Fax: 508-991-7483
E-mail: webmaster@newbedford.k12.ma.us

Website evaluation

Last rated on November 12, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The budget is available on the school's website.[15]
  • Agendas and meeting minutes are available online.[8]
  • Contact information for committee members is available online.[8]
  • Administrative Officials contact information is available on the school website.[16]
  • Information about the criminal background checks required for employees are available on the civil service application.[17]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not posted online.
  • Contracts or bids over $10,000 are not posted.
  • Audits of the school system are not posted.
  • Contact information about the public information officer.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed August 15, 2013
  2. New Bedford Public Schools, "Home," accessed August 15, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed August 16, 2013
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Bryan Booker, WBSM, "School Committee Picks Next New Bedford Superintendent," accessed March 11, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 District Administration Leadership Institute, "Pia Durkin," accessed August 15, 2013
  7. Rick Foster, The Sun Chronicle, "Durkin lands New Bedford superintendent job," accessed March 11, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 New Bedford Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed August 15, 2013
  9. DOE.mass.edu, "New Bedford Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
  10. New Bedford Educators Association "Home," accessed August 15, 2013
  11. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012," accessed August 15, 2013
  12. Jim Phillips, WBSM, "Durkin: 2013 Will Be Challenging School Year," August 8, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Natalie Sherman, South Coast Today, "Pia Durkin wastes no time tackling New Bedford's school problems," August 4, 2013
  14. Natalie Sherman South Coast Today, "Observers point to possibility of turnover in New Bedford School Committee election," July 13, 2013
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Budget
  16. New Bedford Public Schools, "Central Administration," accessed August 16, 2013
  17. New Bedford Public Schools, "Civil Service Application for Employment," accessed August 16, 2013