Opinion

Hugh Osteen’s leave of absence

I’m worried about Durham Public Schools’ long-time superintendent for operations, Hugh Osteen, who took a long-term medical leave of absence this week. He is a caring, sincere, knowledgeable and hard-working man and the glue that's held DPS together all these years.

And now, with DPS Superintendent Bert L’Homme having recently announced his resignation, there’s fear that DPS may be coming apart at the seams again.

I hope the school board doesn’t see this as cause to accelerate their search for L’Homme’s replacement. Now, more than ever, we need an open-minded leader who will commit to Durham, send their own kids to Durham public schools, and put the long-term viability of our students and their teachers first. Everyone in Durham can help with the search. Post to Facebook and/or Twitter, email/text/call your friends who work in public education, let everyone know that Durham, which boasts all of the accolades below (and more) for the year 2017 alone, is looking for a new superintendent. This is an opportunity for all of us, not the least of which is the new superintendent.

  • No. 7 best place to live in the U.S. (US News and World Report)
  • No. 21 happiest place to live in the nation (Yahoo Finance)
  • One of the top 5 destinations to retire in the U.S. (Today)
  • One of the top 5 mid-sized south Atlantic cities to visit (RewardExpert)
  • No. 1 healthiest housing market in North Carolina (Smart Asset)

More at https://www.durham-nc.com/media/accolades/?start=26

Melissa Rooney

Durham

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