My name is Gerald F. Chase, a former member of the Attleboro School Committee, 1998-1999.
I wish to comment upon the persona of one Mrs. Pia Durkin. The challenge for me, which I think that I meet, is to write as objectively as I can about her ... because, frankly, she does not impress me, nor ever has.
Plainly, she is strong-willed and motivated. However, her megalomania-like personality creates at least as many problems as she allegedly solves. She has been terminated, let go, or contract-not-renewed for most, if not all, of her previous superintendent posts.
Such a factual track record should be weighed heavily in assessing her professional value.
Had anyone from New Bedford, especially a member of its School Committee, inquired of me about Mrs. Durkin, I would have told them that I would not recommend her. Period.
Gerald F. Chase