drdurkinPia Durkin became New Bedford’s Superintendent on July 1, 2013.  Prior to her appointment here, she served as the Superintendent of Attleboro Public Schools for seven years.  There she led an ambitious PK-12 reform agenda that resulted in increased achievement in all grades, outpacing the state averages in English Language Arts and Math.  Attleboro was recognized for dramatically increasing its Graduation Rate above the state average, decreasing the dropout rate to below 2%, and quadrupling the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses (from 73 students in 2008 to 412 students in 2012).  Previously, she worked as Associate
Director with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, consulting with districts across the country in redesigning their central offices to better support schools toward narrowing the achievement gap.  She has also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Boston Public Schools, the Director of Special Education in Providence, Rhode Island and also held several leadership positions in New York City Public Schools where she began her career in teaching.  Except for one year where she served as Superintendent in a small district in Rhode Island, she has spent her entire career working and dealing with urban education issues.  She holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from New York University and has written several articles on special education and district reform practices. 

 Pia Durkin, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools
New Bedford Public Schools
455 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(p): 508-997-4511 ext. 3270
(f):  508-997-0298

Office Staff

Lisa Dunaway
Sr. Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Committee
(p): 508-997-4511 ext. 3271
(f):  508-997-0298

Adlybeiry Ferreira
Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
(p): 508-997-4511 ext. 3294
(f): 508-997-0298

Superintendent's Messages:

Guest Op-Ed: August 29, 2014, "Choosing Excellence for New Bedford Public Schools" (PDF)

Video: August 25, 2014, Back-to-School Staff Convocation

Guest Op-Ed: May 14, 2014, "Stay the Course in New Bedford Public Schools"


Press Releases:

10/20/2014 - New Bedford Public Schools launches new website (PDF)

10/16/2014 - Homework Helpers Cable Television Show Begins New Season (PDF)

10/10/2014 - New Bedford Public Schools officials announce plans to strengthen school building security (PDF)

09/19/2014 - New Bedford MCAS results demonstrate modest gains, underschore the need for continued improvement (PDF)

07/23/2014 - Superintendent Durkin convenes Teacher Advisory Groups (PDF)

07/14/2014 - 450 additional New Bedford teachers will participate in training for instructing
English Language Learners (PDF)

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