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News and notes, 6/6

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Durham Public Schools deputy superintendent for operations, Hugh Osteen, has taken a long-term medical leave of absence, effective immediately. Chief Financial Officer Aaron Beauleiu has assumed Osteen’s duties on an interim basis.

“Hugh has been part of the DNA of the Durham Public Schools for 22 years,” Superintendent Bert L’Homme said. “In that time, he has become a respected leader, colleague and friend to our school communities. He ably led DPS as interim superintendent and helped ensure that our most recent bond program earned overwhelming support in the November referendum. I was reassured to see him here when I returned to DPS and am sorry to see him depart.”

Affordable housing. The Orange County Board of Commissioners has approved $2.5 million in affordable housing funding. That’s half of the $5 million housing bond voters approved in the November election. Four projects are in the works: 24 townhomes in Hillsborough, rental units at Merritt Mill East in Chapel Hill and Merritt Mill West in Carrboro, and one single-family home.

“These projects will provide more housing opportunities for low- and middle-income families throughout our county,” board chair mark Dorosin said.

Still, the supply has yet to keep up with the demand.


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