Durham County

After being re-elected to lead the Durham school board, Mike Lee urges colleagues to do ‘some good stuff’ for children

Mike Lee (pictured) was unanimously reelected chairman on the Durham Board of Education during the board’s organizational meeting Tuesday, July 18.
Mike Lee (pictured) was unanimously reelected chairman on the Durham Board of Education during the board’s organizational meeting Tuesday, July 18.

Shortly after he was re-elected chairman of the Durham school board Tuesday, Mike Lee told his colleagues it was time to do “some good stuff for children.”

It wasn’t an original turn of phrase coming from Lee.

Credit actually goes to Lee’s young son Nicholas who earlier this week told his dad that he wanted Lee to stay on the school board until after he graduates high school and goes on to college.

Lee explained that Nicholas expressed concern about someone replacing him who might not “do good stuff” while serving on the school board.

So, shortly after he was unanimously re-elected to lead the seven-member panel for a second year, Lee shared that message with his colleagues.

“As we move forward this year, not that we don’t or haven’t, let’s do some good stuff Durham,” Lee said. “Let’s do some good stuff for the kids of Durham because they notice.”

The board also elected retired educator Steve Unruhe to serve as vice chairman of the board on a 6-1 vote in which school board member Minnie Forte-Brown did not cast a vote.

Unruhe replaces Natalie Beyer as vice chair of the board.

Beyer nominated Unruhe for the post.

Greg Childress: 919-419-6645, @gchild6645

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