Trio now in running for Durham schools seat

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 07:31 PM

A Durham school board seat that had no takers last week now has three opponents.

Two new candidates have joined the race for District 2 of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education: Sendolo Diaminah, a community organizer with People Durham, and Terrence Scarborough, assistant director of licensure for UNC General Administration.

They join Donald Hughes, an online-advertising strategist and community activist, in vying for the seat held by Fredrick Davis, who is not seeking re-election.

The filing period ends Friday at noon.

Diaminah, whose recent activism has focused on affordable- and low-income housing, said public schools are instrumental in Durham’s future.

“Our schools lead us to the future that we’re going to have,” Diaminah said.

He said he would work to improve the quality of DPS and to keep “public resources in public education.”

Diaminah said other priorities include lowering the suspension rate, erasing the disparity in discipline and improving literacy.

“Literacy is a huge issue for me, literally, politically and socially,” Diaminah said.

Scarborough, a graduate of C.E. Jordan High School, said he wants to give back to a community that has given him so much.   

“I want to make a difference in the lives of our youth,” Scarborough said. “I truly believe they are our future.”

He said closing the achievement gap and make sure students are prepared upon leaving Durham schools are top priorities.

“We must make sure students are prepared, whether they’re joining the military, enrolling in a trade or vocational school or pursuing a four-year degree,” Scarborough said.