Durham Public Schools superintendent gets contract extension

Superintendent Bert L'Homme of the Durham Public Schools.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Durham Public Schools Board of Education extended Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme’s contract for another year, the school district announced Friday.

DPS Board of Education Chair Mike Lee said in a statement on behalf of the board,

The Durham Public Schools Board of Education is delighted to extend the contract for our superintendent, Dr. Bert L’Homme,” This represents a unanimous vote of confidence in Dr. L’Homme’s leadership. We believe Dr. L’Homme has brought a steady hand to the administration of the school system and a vision for reaching every child in our district. We look forward to continuing to work together and are deeply grateful for his commitment to Durham Public Schools.”

With the extension, L’Homme is contracted to serve as superintendent through June 2020.

L’Homme said in the release,

I’m grateful to the board for their expression of support as we continue striving for excellence among all of our students and schools. In the last two years we’ve made progress in increasing our graduation rate, reducing our suspension rate, and being more responsible, transparent stewards of the funds entrusted to our students.

We have taken some important steps forward in achieving academic excellence for every child, but I won’t be satisfied until we’re making giant leaps. We still have achievement gaps to close. Our administration and staff will continue to work closely with our board to support our teachers and principals, lift up all of our students, and ensure that every DPS school is truly special.”

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