Local politicians, school officials, School Committee members, and agency representatives were invited to the official opening the new Parent and Community Engagement Center (PACE) located at B.M.C. Durfee High School on November 23, 2016. The occasion highlighted several years of work to bring a number of school resources into one location that was readily accessible to parents and other members of the public. The location just off the small parking lot, with dedicated parking spaces near the school entrance, allows parents and others to enter without going through the building. "We wanted to create a welcome and engaging space so that parents, when they come in to register, the first point of contact, we're all about customer service," stated Superintendent Dr. Matt Malone. "Our School Committee has made that a priority this year and for the years moving forward, he added. The location includes the Early Childhood Center and Special Education Services, the Fall River Parent Academy, Homeless Education Services, Language Services for English Learners, Student Assignment Services, and Youth Work Permits. Click here for an eight-minute video of the event. For more information about the project, contact Barbara Allard at 508-675-8367.  

(Top row) Parent Bridgette Youmans is greeted by Parent Worker Deborah Manchester while Jessica Rodrigues and Mary Ellen Mitchell are available to provide information on specific programs at the Center. (Row two, left) The Center is located just off the small parking lot closest to the Durfee building. (Row two,right) Spencer Borden Principal Kate Cobb, Teachers Union Representative Rebecca Cusick, and Letourneau Principal Brian Raposo talk while Letourneau Vice Principal Nancy Rodrigues listens. (Row three, left) Senator Michael Rodrigues listens as Superintendent Matt Malone speaks to School Committee Member Dr. Ed Costar and State Representative Carole Fiola. (Row three, center and right) Dr. Malone and School Committee Member Melissa Panchley and School COO Ken Pacheco talk with Representative Fiola. (Bottom row) Center Staff Member Barbara Allard, Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard, Greater Fall River Children's Museum Executive Director Jo-Anne Sbrega talk with Senator Rodrigues as Mr. Pacheco talks with Representative Alan Silvia and the group poses for a photo.

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