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As Durham County commissioners prepare to decide on a school merger plan to submit to the State Board of Education, debate remains from the two opposing sides. Durham County commissioners Deborah Giles and Ellen Reckhow are interviewed and explain their positions. Giles is in favor of a plan that guarantees minority representation on the school board while Reckhow is in favor of board members being elected through “at-large” elections.
As Durham prepares to vote on the merger of the county’s two school systems the man behind the merger is profiled. The chairman of the Durham County Commissioners, Bill Bell, proposed the merger for economic reasons despite significant opposition. His task force and the consultant Durham County hired have both determined that a merger would be the best option for the county. Still, Bell is characterized by peers as a man of courage for supporting the school merger in the difficult political environment.
Durham City Schools and Durham County schools are considering a merger. Members from the task force in charge of reviewing the merger share what they have learned and how the facts have changed them. Many members who were first opposed to the merger are now open to the idea and are beginning to talk to others about what changed their minds. The city schools are primarily African-American and poor, while the county schools are primarily white and wealthier. The merging of the two schools would save money and would improve the quality of education for the city schools.
A merger between Durham County Schools and Durham City Schools is being considered. A task force of community leaders is looking into the merger which would save the county money. The citizens of the county are unsure about the merger and it faces much opposition. Many issues are being raised including issues about race, class, identity, and whether the merger makes sense. Most citizens seemed concerned about what they will lose if the schools merge and whether it is best for their children.
As a task force studies alternatives to the closing of Durham High School, its decision will affect the county’s school system for years to come. The decision will indicate how Durham and the new school system chooses to pay attention to its most disadvantaged and at-rick students. The students, the new school system, and the task force’s job are all explored a month from when a proposal will be made.