New hires for Durham Public Schools

From staff reportsJuly 1, 2014 

Barnes named DPS maintenance director

The Board of Education approved four recommended personnel actions at its meeting Thursday.

Veteran school administrator Kenneth Barnes, principal of the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, was named executive director of maintenance services for the Durham Public Schools. The current director, Allen Bailey, retired.

“Mr. Barnes brings a wealth of school-based experience to the maintenance department and will help align services and resources with the needs of every facility,” Interim Superintendent Hugh Osteen said.

Barnes will remain at Southern until an interim principal is determined. “I look forward to joining the Maintenance and Operational Services team and focusing on customer service and communication,” he said. “These will be the cornerstones of the department’s efforts every day.” David Glenn will serve as the interim maintenance director until Barnes’ arrival.

Barnes has been at Southern for six years, after serving as the principal at Shepard Middle School for two and a half years.

Crabtree named DPS human services head.

A former DPS leader with 20 years of HR experience, Thomas Crabtree was named the assistant superintendent for human resource services.

Crabtree, who served with DPS as executive director of personnel relations, left the system in 2010 to join a private firm before returning to public schools as the assistant superintendent of human resources in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

“I look forward to joining an already strong HR team and doing all we can to provide quality services to all DPS employees,” Crabtree said.

New principals

Nicholas Rotosky was named principal of Southwest Elementary. Rotosky was serving as director of the school of infrastructure engineering at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. He began his career as a physical education teacher at Southwest and spent the next 14 years in Durham and Raleigh schools.

Keri Litwak, an educator of 15 years, was named principal of Sandy Ridge Elementary . She is currently principal of Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill and previously was an assistant principal at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham.

NC House approves replacing Common Core standards

Republican lawmakers pushed forward last week to repeal the Common Core education standards despite differences between the House and Senate about how to replace them.

The House voted 74-40 to put its version of the legislation into a Senate repeal bill and send it back to the chamber, a move that will force lawmakers on either side to craft a compromise version in the final weeks of session. The tally fell largely along party lines with the majority Republicans controlling the outcome.

The House version would prohibit the commission from using the current Common Core standards; the Senate bill would allow the panel to keep the parts it supports.

North Carolina was one of the first states to embrace Common Core, now in place in more than 40 states. But support among some conservatives for the standards dissolved in recent months as nationwide opposition mounted from activists who argued it infringed on state sovereignty.

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