The Durham school board met in closed session Wednesday night, then convened in public view to formally hire Dr. Eric J. Becoats as the new superintendent for Durham Public Schools. Becoats replaces Carl Harris, who left in December to take a job with the U.S. Department of Education.
Becoats has worked as a top schools administrator in Guilford County for the past five years, and prior to that worked in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and also in the city of Baltimore. View his full résumé here.
Becoats has also presented papers at national conferences that touch on some subjects very pertinent to Durham: dropout prevention and teacher retention. He starts his job right after the start of the new fiscal year, on July 1.
From the press release:
"Durham has such a wonderful and well-deserved reputation for being strongly committed to public education. That is what attracted me to this role,” said Dr. Becoats. “I will spend the next several months listening, observing and learning about what is important to this district, its teachers, parents and supportive community. I plan to meet with many of you, and to develop strong working relationships.”