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Durham begins search for new school superintendent

Posted January 14, 2014

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— The Durham County Board of Education on Tuesday began looking for its next school superintendent, seeking proposals from five to 10 search firms to assist in the process.

Former Superintendent Eric Becoats resigned at the end of December amid questions over his financial management of Durham Public Schools.

The board named Hugh Osteen, deputy superintendent of operations, as interim superintendent.

No time frame was set for naming a new superintendent, but board members said they would like to have someone in place by the start of the 2014-15 school year. Four seats on the board are up for election in May, however, which could affect the decision process, they said.


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  • knowitall7 Jan 15, 2014

    Please, please -- Let them get someone who taught in a classroom for more than 5 years. And please, please -- Let them take race out of the equation. More diversity does not mean African American.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 15, 2014

    You are all correct which is why nothing seems to change around here.

  • cbuckyoung Jan 15, 2014

    The Durham school system will never improve as long as the two primary qualifications for the job of superintendent are race and political affiliation.

  • DurhamDevil Jan 15, 2014

    Any current board member who put Becoats into power and whose seat is up for election should be replaced.

    It is going to take years for DPS to recover from the damage Becoats did to our school system.

  • westernwake1 Jan 14, 2014

    Hopefully they select someone competent who does not misuse the school system's money.

  • ncguy Jan 14, 2014

    Hopefully it will not be a democrat