Durham schools leader named regional superintendent of the year

Posted July 28, 2009

— Durham Public Schools Superintendent Carl Harris has been named the 2010 Central Carolina Regional Superintendent of the Year, the school system announced Tuesday.

He is now a nominee for North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.

"At DPS, his focus is on advancing academic achievement, fostering relationships with parents, businesses and the community and improving school administrative leadership," said Lawrence Walker, executive director of the Central Regional Educational Service Alliance.

The Central Region is a 15-member district composed of the following school districts: Caswell, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Johnston, Nash-Rocky Mount, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson.

Harris became Durham's superintendent on July 1, 2006. He previously served as deputy superintendent.


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  • AX Jul 31, 2009

    This is funny!!! With the scandals this school system has been in the center of,( 10 year old + adult affair being the most recent) hes still the winner? Wow standards must really be LOW.

  • anneonymousone Jul 28, 2009

    Landshark, if daMoFo has been teaching for 22 years, then he or she knows that "the house is on fire," and knows that part of a teacher's job is to make sure that everyone gets out in case of an emergency and (if I may stretch the metaphor to the breaking point) has everything that he or she needs to survive and thrive once outside.

    And daMoFo, I refer to consultants as "con-sultans." Upper level district personnel are often feathering their own retirement nests by getting into the corporations, where the money is. It's vile.

    Dr. Harris would get my vote if he were to delete the extraneous and often self-serving DPS positions among those in the $75,000+ bracket and hire more teachers with that money. That would help the students and encourage education rather than the warehousing that larger classroom memberships will help engender.

  • MarcoPolo Jul 28, 2009

    This epitomizes what's wrong with the education system.

    Lifelong bureaucrat with the school system and terrible school system scores. They have schools that are threatended being shut-down as a result of the no-child left behind.

    When I see this, it reaffirms/confirms my belief that the education system does not care about the kids.

  • durham citizen Jul 28, 2009

    If he is good, why is the Durham school system so bad?

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  • thework1 Jul 28, 2009

    is there any way Franklin County could get him back?

  • time4real Jul 28, 2009

    he beats out Del Burns, what say you Del?????? Oh that's right, Dumb Del is only about diversity. Chuck Dulaney isn't the only one who loves mixed salad!

  • whatelseisnew Jul 28, 2009

    I think they should increase the dropout rate. encourage all kids that do not want to be there to leave.

  • concerncitizen Jul 28, 2009

    daMoFo, maybe you should retire. The house is on fire! Wake UP!

  • concerncitizen Jul 28, 2009

    What has Durham public schools accomplished that earned him this honor?
    I know this is pie in the sky hope! You would think someone at the top would have the guts to say. This is a bad idea! The people of North Carolina will know we are fools!