School board meets Thursday

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

Thursday, the school board will hold its first meeting since schools opened for the majority of students attending Durham Public Schools.
Nearly 30,000 students who attend schools on a traditional calendar started classes on Monday.
New Superintendent Bert L’Homme will give the board an update on the first day of school and is expected to report that all went well.
DPS Director of Transportation Marlon Watson has already reported that there were few transportation issues on the first day of school.
“Overall, transportation had a very good opening with all of our children arriving safely,” Watson said in a statement posted on the district’s website.
He said a few buses did run late due to mechanical issues or substitute drivers unfamiliar with their routes.
About 20,000 students ride DPS’ 261 school buses, which travel 25,000 miles a day.
  In other business Thursday, the board is scheduled to:
 Approve a resolution to honor former school board attorney and Durham resident Ann Majestic who died Aug. 16 after losing a battle with breast cancer.
 Recognize Mangum Elementary School teacher Juliana Mendelsohn who raised more than $135,000 for the children of Ferguson, Missouri.
 Consider a $331,652 contract between the school district and Durham County for 11 full-time social workers to address the environmental conditions, health problems, economic situations and family problems that impede student learning. The contract calls for DPS to reimburse the county for half of the social workers’ salaries.
 Consider a three-year, $90,000 contract with Teach For America. Under the contract, the organization would recruit up to 10 teachers for the school district each year at a charge of $3,000 per teacher.