New school board sworn in

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Durham’s new school board was sworn in Monday by Chief District Court Judge Marcia Morey.

Heidi Carter was re-elected chairwoman and Minnie Forte-Brown was re-elected vice chairwoman.

Three new members joined the board during the ceremony at Fuller Administration Building on Cleveland Street downtown. They are Sendolo Diaminah, Mike Lee and Matt Sears.

The addition of new board members comes as the school district prepares to welcome a new superintendent - Bert L’Homme, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He begins work here July 14.

L’Homme succeeds Eric Becoats Jr., who resigned last year after the board voted not to extend his contract when it expired in 2016. Becoats had been disciplined by the board for credit card spending and using a school activity bus for personal use.

L’Homme’s contract is worth $225,000 a year and runs through June 18, 2018.

During remarks after the swearing-in, Carter vowed to work hard as chairwoman to improve Durham's schools, saying "we are well-poised to meet our challenges."
She said top priorities include adequate funding on the state level.
Locally, she said, the board will address disparities in the school system and encourage community involvement.