New Bedford Public Schools, Massachusetts
|New Bedford Public Schools|
|New Bedford, Massachusetts|
|Number of schools:||25|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Jonathan F. Mitchell|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in New Bedford
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtBristol County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Bristol County is Taunton. According to the 2010 US Census, Bristol County is home to 551,082 residents.
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.
The current Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools is Dr. Pia Durkin, who was appointed by the School Committee on July 1, 2013. Durkin earned her Master's degree and Ph.D. from New York University. 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. 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."
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.
|New Bedford School Committee|
|Jonathan F. Mitchell||Mayor||N/A|
|Lawrence J. Finnerty||At-large||2017|
School board elections
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.
New Bedford Public Schools published its annual budget on their district website.
|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|
New Bedford Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.
Educators of New Bedford Public Schools are represented by the New Bedford Educators Association, which is part of the National Education Association.
Schools in New Bedford
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.
New Bedford Public Schools operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|New Bedford Public Schools|
|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|
|Grade and Subject||'||Proficient or Higher||Advanced||Proficient||Needs Improvement||Warning/ Failing||Students Included||CPI||SGP||Included in SGP|
|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|
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. Following the announcement of the cuts, Superintendent Durkin admitted that the cuts "created a great deal of angst."
Poor district performance
The school districts has "one of the worst records in the state in terms of student test scores and graduation rates." 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." She has identified several trouble areas to address, including budgetary problems, resource allocation problems and basic operational problems. 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.
Last rated on November 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- The budget is available on the school's website.
- Agendas and meeting minutes are available online.
- Contact information for committee members is available online.
- Administrative Officials contact information is available on the school website.
- Information about the criminal background checks required for employees are available on the civil service application. 
- 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.
- School board elections portal
- New Bedford Public Schools elections (2013)
- Massachusetts school districts
- List of school districts in Massachusetts
- Bristol County, Massachusetts ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
- New Bedford Public Schools
- New Bedford Educators Association
- New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Bristol County, Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed August 15, 2013
- New Bedford Public Schools, "Home," accessed August 15, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed August 16, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 7, 2013
- Bryan Booker, WBSM, "School Committee Picks Next New Bedford Superintendent," March 11, 2013
- District Administration Leadership Institute, "Pia Durkin," accessed August 15, 2013
- Rick Foster, The Sun Chronicle, "Durkin lands New Bedford superintendent job," March 11, 2013
- New Bedford Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed August 15, 2013
- DOE.mass.edu, "New Bedford Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
- New Bedford Educators Association "Home," accessed August 15, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012," accessed August 15, 2013
- Jim Phillips, WBSM, "Durkin: 2013 Will Be Challenging School Year," August 8, 2013
- Natalie Sherman, South Coast Today, "Pia Durkin wastes no time tackling New Bedford's school problems," August 4, 2013
- Natalie Sherman South Coast Today, "Observers point to possibility of turnover in New Bedford School Committee election," July 13, 2013
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- New Bedford Public Schools, "Central Administration," accessed August 16, 2013
- New Bedford Public Schools, "Civil Service Application for Employment," accessed August 16, 2013