Just moments ago, the Durham Public Schools' Superintendent's Business Advisory Council released a statement regarding the qualities they want in the next superintendent.
"Simply put, we want the next superintendent to take the initiatives that Dr. Harris established to the next level in every way," wrote Victor Velazquez, the council's vice-chairman.
Former Superintendent Carl Harris, now with the U.S. Department of Education, created the council to better engage Durham's business community with the school system.
The council wants Harris' replacement to focus on leadership, innovation, accountability, student achievement, career and college preparation and communication. Having quality leaders in each school is key, along with new ways to educate students, continuing school scorecards, having a stronger focus on academic results and preparing students for the next level as well as continuing the system's community engagement.
"We know that the next superintendent will find this to be a wonderful place to do amazing things," Velazquez wrote. "The business leaders of Durham stand ready to help this person make the Durham schools second to none."
You have until tomorrow to share your thoughts on the next superintendent. Groups and organizations should fax their statements to Allison Schafer at the North Carolina School Boards Association at 919-841-4020. Residents can complete the superintendent search survey at DPS' website, www.dpsnc.net.