The Durham Public Schools announced Wednesday, May 31, that Hugh Osteen, DPS deputy superintendent for operations, has taken long-term medical leave effective immediately.
Aaron Beaulieu, the district’s chief finance officer, has assumed his duties as interim deputy superintendent for operations.
“Hugh has been part of the DNA of Durham Public Schools for 22 years,” Superintendent Bert L’Homme said in a statement. “In that time he has become a respected leader, colleague and friend to our school communities.”
L’Homme added that Osteen “ably” led DPS as interim superintendent and helped ensure that the school district’s most recent bond program earned “overwhelming” community support in the November referendum.
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“I was reassured to see him here when I returned to DPS and am sorry to see him depart,” L’Homme said.
Osteen served as interim superintendent for about six months in 2014 while the Durham Board of Education conducted a superintendent search that concluded with the board hiring L’Homme.
L’Homme has announced that he will retire on August 4, but has agreed to stay on until the end of September if the school board needs him to do so.
The school board is currently conducting a search for his replacement.
Osteen is the second member of the DPS leadership team to take long-term medical leave this month.
Thomas Crabtree, the Durham Public Schools’ assistant superintendent of human resources, has taken a three-month leave of absence to deal with an undisclosed illness.
Kimberly Hager was named interim executive director for human resources.