One more joins school board race

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

The race to fill four Durham Public Schools Board of Education seats in May grew by one Tuesday.

Lisa Gordon-Stella, an attorney and mediator who works as the in-school truancy court director at the Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center, joined three others who have filed for election.

Gordon-Stella, who also serves on the Maureen Joy Charter School’s board of directors, is vying for the District 3 seat currently held by Nancy Cox.

Cox has said she will not seek reelection.

Matt Sears, director for school services at North Carolina New Schools (NCNS) and a former Durham educator, also has filed for election to the District 3 seat.

Gordon-Stella said she wants to improve Durham schools so that every child has a chance to receive an excellent education.

“My mission is to improve Durham Public Schools for all children,” Gordon-Stella said.

She said she strongly supports strengthening services to address the student demographic that is most in need in DPS and making sure the district has an executive team that is committed to putting children first.

Gordon-Stella also said she believes the school board should listen to what the community has to say about educational opportunities.

On Monday, incumbents Omega Curtis Parker and Natalie Beyer, who represent Districts 1 and 4 respectively, filed for re-election.

No one has yet filed to run for the District 2 seat held by Fredrick Davis. Davis has said he will not seek re-election.

The school board election comes as the district begins a search for a new superintendent to replace Eric Becoats, who resigned under pressure in December after several high-profiled missteps.

The board hasn’t decided whether the current board or the one elected in May will hire the next superintendent.