Diman superintendent departing Fall River for Brockton Public Schools

FALL RIVER — The Superintendent and Director of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District is departing this fall, capping off 13 years at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School including three as superintendent.

“There’s a lot I’m going to miss,” said Dr. Elvio Ferreira. “It’s a very special place.”

Ferreira started at Diman in 2009 as the dean of students. He worked as the school’s academic coordinator, then vocational coordinator, then principal. He has been in education since 2000 and previously worked in Somerset, New Bedford and the Dighton-Rehoboth School District.

He is about halfway through a six-year contract he signed with the district in 2019. But, the contract included the ability for him to resign as long as he gives 90 days notice.

Then-Diman Interim Superintenent/Principal Elvio Ferreira addresses the class of 2019 during their graduation ceremony. He become superintendent that year and is now departing to lead Brockton Public School's CTE program.

His departure comes as the district works its way through the process of constructing a new school building. Construction is planned to begin as early as next spring.

“It definitely weighed into my decision,” Ferreira said. “I didn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize the project moving forward.”

Plans for the new building have been in the works for 10 years already. But now that each of the school’s sending communities have independently signed off on the project and the Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to reimburse a significant portion of the cost, the project is sure to move forward with or without him, Ferreira said. And, he’s offered to work with whoever steps into the superintendent job next to get them up to speed on the project.

“This felt like a pretty good time to make the change,” he said.

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Ferreira has another job lined up, and not as the superintendent of another district. This September, he plans to start as the director of Career and Technical Education for Brockton Public Schools.

Dr. Elvio Ferreira, center, is departing as Superintendent for Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School to lead Brockton Public School's CTE program.

He said he specifically chose a new job that will give him opportunities to get back to working directly with students in the classroom. Superintendents deal largely with school policy and administration, he pointed out. Now, he’ll work with students, along with working with school staff on things like curricula and coordinating with the state to make sure the CTE program aligns with state frameworks.

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