New Durham Board of Education member chosen for District 2

Bettina Umstead

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham Public Schools Board of Education members have voted on who will fill the vacant District 2 position.

During a special meeting Wednesday, three of the six school board members voted for Bettina Umstead, giving her the majority vote.

Umstead was one of the 11 candidates to apply for the position.

The District 2 seat has been vacant since August, when Sendolo Diaminah resigned to focus on social justice activism.

Umstead graduated from UNC and has a background in education as well as helping students prepare for college.

She says she’s excited about the new position.

“I want to be someone who’s really engaged with the community,” Umstead said. “Really in touch with what families and students need and that also I’m able to work alongside my other board members so that we’re making really good decisions that are going to support the district.”

District 2 parents told CBS North Carolina they want a representative who is involved in the district and advocates for the students.

Board members say this was a hard decision because all of the candidates were well qualified for the position.

Bettina may be sworn in as early as next week, and she’ll have that position for the next two years.

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