The Durham Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted on August 26, 2021, to extend the contract of Dr. Pascal Mubenga by one year to serve as Superintendent of Durham Public Schools through June 30, 2025.
“Dr. Mubenga has continued to provide strong leadership to Durham Public Schools for the 2020-21 school year,” said Bettina Umstead, school board chair. “Durham Public Schools began the school year with every student having a 1:1 device and participating in virtual learning as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. He led our district in a safe in-person school re-entry program in March and a successful summer learning operation touching more than 7000 students. Despite navigating the challenges of the pandemic, DPS’s students are poised for success with the support of their teachers, staff, and superintendent. We are grateful for his leadership, and we look forward to another great year together.”
In the same action, the school board voted to increase Dr. Mubenga’s salary by four percent.
Dr. Mubenga was sworn in as superintendent on November 27, 2017. His first actions were to engage in a 90-day listening and learning tour of the Durham Community and to convene 52 community leaders and educators to establish DPS’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, DPS saw its enrollment increase for the first time in four years in 2019-20.
“I’m humbled and pleased by the Board’s vote of confidence,” said Dr. Mubenga. “I’m excited to continue to support our teachers and staff as we engage and inspire our students.”