Superintendent Search

  • UPDATE: Results of community surveys and focus groups, and organizational statements:

    On April 3, 2017, Dr. Bert L’Homme announced his retirement as superintendent of Durham Public Schools later this year. The Durham Public Schools Board of Education launched a deliberate, intensive search for DPS’s next superintendent. The school board has contracted with the North Carolina School Boards Association to manage the search process.
    The search began with community surveys to understand the qualities and priorities families, citizens and DPS staff seek in a superintendent. The surveys were anonymous but not confidential, with specific references to individuals redacted. The survey deadline was June 15, 2017.

    Community members were also invited to comment publicly on desired characteristics for the next at three roundtable “kitchen table” conversations on the following dates: 

    Community organizations were also invited to submit statements regarding the leadership qualities that they consider important by June 15, 2017.
    The results of these community input opportunities are posted above.
    For more information about the superintendent search process, please contact Allison Schafer via mail at NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624, via email at, or via fax at 919-841-4020.

Search Timeline

  • April 3, 2017: Dr. Bert L’Homme announces his retirement in a closed session meeting of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

    April 19, 2017: The school board holds a special called meeting to hold an initial discussion and offer gratitude to Dr. L’Homme. The board decided to add the search process to the agenda for their next full board meeting.

    April 27, 2017: The board takes public comment about the superintendent search and discusses next steps.

    May 4, 2017: The board holds a public input session, then votes to contract with the North Carolina School Boards Association to conduct the superintendent search.

    May 15, 2017: The NCSBA presents proposals for the structure and schedule of the superintendent search, including a vacancy announcement, advertising options, application form and community surveys. NCSBA brings summaries of the results of “kitchen table” conversations held when the board previously worked with NCSBA on a superintendent search in 2009. Board members express interest in repeating the process and ask to discuss it at the May 24 board meeting.

    May 22, 2017: DPS Public Affairs distributes the BOE’s survey to DPS staff.

    May 24, 2017: At their meeting, the board decides to hold three kitchen table conversations by June 14 before families leave for the summer.

    May 26, 2017: After two of the three locations for kitchen table conversations are secured, DPS Public Affairs and NCSBA issue a press release announcing the community survey, kitchen table conversations, invitation for groups or organizations to provide feedback, and public comment opportunities at board meetings. The opportunities are also regularly promoted via DPS social media (Facebook, Twitter) and the district website, and are covered by local media (primarily The Herald-Sun).

    May 31, June 5, and June 6: NCSBA hosts three round-table “kitchen table” conversations with community members at the Hayti Heritage Center, Durham South Regional Public Library, and DPS Staff Development Center.

    June 15, 2017: The deadline for community and staff surveys falls.

    June 22, 2017: NCSBA presents the results of the online surveys, kitchen table conversations and organizational statements to the board (see UPDATES above). The board defers the creation of a broad leadership profile until its upcoming organizational meeting.

    July 10, 2017: The application deadline for superintendent candidates falls. There are 42 applicants.

    July 18, 2017: At its organizational meeting, all board members share some of the characteristics and qualities each is looking to include in the board’s broad leadership profile.

    July 26, 2017: The board meets in closed session to review the 42 applications, selecting 10 applicants for interviews planned for August 24-26 (and August 30 if needed).