July 22, 2024

Kimberli Bettencourt joins GNB Voc-Tech school committee

Kimberli Bettencourt joins GNB Voc-Tech school committee

NEW BEDFORD — After more than a year of stalling to fill the New Bedford seat on the GNB Voc-Tech School Committee, Kimberli Bettencourt’s appointment was unanimously voted in favor of at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

Bettencourt will be replacing Joshua Amaral who stepped down in August 2020. Mayor Jon Mitchell nominated Joaquim “Jack” Livramento to serve on both New Bedford Public Schools and Voc-Tech school committees, but the nomination was rejected by the committee in April. 

The director of Student Services in Acushnet Public Schools, Bettencourt was previously the executive director of Special Education and Student Services for New Bedford Public Schools. In the past, she has served as the special education supervisor at the elementary level and special education facilitator for NBPS. She was Day School director for the Schwartz Center for Children in Dartmouth for 20 years.

Kimberli Bettencourt joins GNB Voc-Tech school committee

A fresh face:Kimberli Bettencourt nominated to serve on Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech school committee

“I am honored to have been chosen to represent New Bedford on the GNBVTHS School Committee and appreciate both the Mayor and City Council for their endorsement,” Bettencourt wrote in an email. “I look forward to serving with fellow members from New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven and supporting the school in a new capacity. I have always been a supporter of vocational education, having served for many years on the GNBVTHS Advisory Board and welcome this new opportunity.”