The Durham Public Schools has announced more staffing changes.
Kendra O’Neal has been appointed to lead the school district’s Hospital School, which serves students admitted to Duke or Veritas hospitals who are projected to miss 20 or more school days due to serious illness or injury, or young people in grades 9-12 incarcerated in the Durham Adult Detention Center.
O’Neal had served as director of the school district’s community education program.
Also, Paul LeSieur, executive director of budget management services, has been named DPS’ interim finance officer.
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LeSieur is picking up the duties of Chief Finance Officer Aaron Beaulieu who has been named interim deputy superintendent of operations.
Meanwhile, Beaulieu has taken on the duties of Deputy Superintendent of Operations Hugh Osteen and some duties of Thomas Crabtree, assistant superintendent of Human Resources, while both men are out on long-term medical leave.
Kimberly Hager, now interim executive director for Human Resources, has also taken on some of Crabtree’s responsibilities.
“As ever, our goal is to ensure that our students and schools can be focused on learning and teaching without distraction,” Superintendent Bert L’Homme said in a statement. “These changes will take advantage of our deep bench to maintain our level of support during this time of transition.”
The school district could also be without a superintendent in the coming months.
L’Homme has announced that he will retire Aug. 4, but has agreed to stay on until the end of September if the school district needs him to do so.
The Durham Board of Education has hired the N.C. School Board Association to help conduct a search for a new superintendent.
The school board has adopted an aggressive timeline for hiring a new superintendent to replace L’Homme and hopes to have finalists for the position selected by July 26.
The timeline sets Oct. 4 as the date the new superintendent would be named and introduced to the community and Nov. 3 as the start date of the new superintendent’s employment.