When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be asked to fill four of the seven seats on the Durham Board of Education.
District 4 incumbent Natalie Beyer is running unopposed, and has generally received a nod of approval in all quarters.
The Herald-Sun asked Beyer to answer five questions we believe will provide insight into how she will govern if re-elected to the school board on May 6.
With the May 6 school board election just days away, there doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite in the District 3 race.
The endorsements of Durham’s big political action committees have been spread just about evenly among the four candidates vying to replace Nancy Cox, who is not seeking re-election.
Deborah Bryson was endorsed by the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Lisa Gordon Stella got the nod from the Friends of Durham and Matt Sears, the only candidate to receive multiple endorsements, won over the People’s Alliance, The Herald-Sun editorial board and the Durham Association of Educators.
With several large contributions from out-of-state donors, District 2 school board candidate Jimmy Doster has raised more money than any of the other 12 candidates vying to fill the four seats up for grabs on the school board.
The District 1 school board race features two challengers vying to unseat incumbent Omega Curtis Parker who has held the seat since 2006.
Although challenger Mike Lee is one of the two newcomers, he appears to be the frontrunner, having garnered the endorsements of all three major political action committees.
Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods asked school board members and candidates to agree to its education agenda, then set out on a march to the polls for early voting Sunday.
Hundreds of delegates packed the CAN assembly held at Nehemiah Christian Center downtown on Mangum Street. All 13 school board candidates were there, including members Natalie Beyer and Omega Curtis Parker, who are seeking re-election, and also Heidi Carter. Beyer is running unopposed for District 4. Candidates for District 1 are Parker, Michael D. Lee and Thomas Poole. District 2 candidates are Sendolo Diaminah, Jimmy Doster, Donald A. Hughes, DeWarren Langley and Terrence R. Scarborough. District 3 candidates are Deborah Lorraine Bryson, Steven Gatlin, Lisa Gordon Stella and Matt Sears.
The years just ahead will be daunting ones for the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.
The current board, if its timetable holds, will select a new superintendent to replace Eric Becoats, whose uneven tenure ended in disarray. But any slippage in that ambitious timetable could vault the decision to a board that will have at least two and possibly three newcomers.
The plight of teachers dominated the discussion Tuesday during a political forum for candidates seeking election to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.
Candidates for the board’s District 1, 2 and 3 seats shared opinions on a wide range of subjects, including strategies to attract good teachers, career status (also known as tenure) for teachers, neighborhood schools and whether traditional public schools and charter schools can coexist.
Durham Board of Education Candidate List - 2014 Primary
The Durham Association of Educators has endorsed two incumbents and two newcomers in the upcoming primary election for the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.
The group, led by President Andrea Underwood, seemed pleased with the roster of candidates in the running.
The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People on Saturday released its slate of endorsements for the upcoming primary election.
The Durham People’s Alliance wants some new faces in the school board, but favored incumbents in other contested races in the upcoming May primary election.
The Friends of Durham, a moderate to conservative political action committee, has made its endorsements in the school board races, sheriff’s race and the race for district attorney.
Durham voters will be asked to elect four school board members when they go to the polls on May 6.
A Durham school board seat that had no takers last week now has three opponents.
Two new candidates have joined the race for District 2 of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education: Sendolo Diaminah, a community organizer with People Durham, and Terrence Scarborough, assistant director of licensure for UNC General Administration.