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Durham school board terminates superintendent's credit card

Posted October 21, 2013

— School board members for Durham Public Schools decided Monday to terminate the district-issued credit card of the school system's superintendent after questionable charges appeared on a number of statements over the past year.

Superintendent Eric Becoats' card had already been suspended as a result of what school board Chairwoman Heidi Carter said were several personal charges. The card is reserved for business expenses, such as hotels and plane tickets.

Monday's decision by the board was the result of a closed-session meeting that lasted more than three hours.

Carter announced afterward that the board plans to continue reviewing the charges on Becoats' card to determine whether other actions, including reimbursement, need to be taken.

The board will also hold an open session to discuss financial controls and procedures, although it did not announce a date for that meeting.

Board members would not comment on whether Becoats' future with the school district was in question.

He did not comment about the matter after Monday night's meeting but said he plans to continue working to enhance the operation of the school district.

"I am going to continue to focus on academic achievement, because at the end of the day, that is most important – to make sure our kids are progressing."

WRAL News reviewed the 331 pages of credit card statements, which show a variety of charges from June 2012 to June 2013. The card, which has a $10,000 limit, had charges ranging from a couple hundred dollars to nearly $2,000.

Becoats did reimburse the school system for those charges.

Still, the school board suspended his use of the card, pending Monday’s meeting, and Becoats was reprimanded in August for using a school bus and driver to shuttle his family to personal events. He repaid those costs.


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  • btneast Oct 29, 2013

    Sounds like this man either does not know the rules or does not care what the rules say. Or-he knows he's protected by a 3rd party so he will do as pleases.

    He isn't the problem. The board members and residents of Durham that think he should remain in the position are the problem.

  • btneast Oct 29, 2013

    Racial issues are a real problem in Durham, and the school board,the county commissioners and city council need to stop their politically correct nonsense in hiring decisions. How about hiring the most qualified person regardless of skin color.

    You hit the nail on the head.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 23, 2013

    Isn't using company money to purchase personal items embezzlement? It's no different than stealing actual money.

  • barkleymaggie Oct 23, 2013

    The school board is not fulfilling their job description if they do not terminate this stupid fool. Whoever oversees the school board should get involved and fire him as well as replace the school board with people wo can handle the job the next time something comes up like this.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 22, 2013

    I am not so amazed he was not terminated, the school budget needs to be reduced even more.

  • avidreader Oct 22, 2013

    Pretty much impossible to get rid of people in this position - what a shame!

  • Brogden Oct 22, 2013

    The man can't be trusted with a credit card but can be trusted to oversee the entire school system??? Something isn't right with that thinking!!

  • msha Oct 22, 2013

    Why didn't they fire him the first time he misused Durham Public School's money? You should know you can't trust him by now. The tax payers have the whole world on their shoulders financially. WAKE UP!!!!!

  • stymieindurham Oct 22, 2013

    "Durham Public Schools decided Monday to terminate the district-issued credit card of the school system's superintendent . . . "

    Haaaaaaa!!!! Told you they wouldn't do anything to him. He's protected.

  • baldchip Oct 22, 2013

    As Donald Trump would say-"YOU'RE FIRED!!!"

    Bet they don't have the gutts to do that. Some third party is running this show! I wonder who owes who???

    Corruption in government causes all kinds of ills!! Voters-it's clean the house time!!