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Durham schools refuse to give Becoats raise, extension

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham Public Schools will not give Superintendent Eric Becoats a raise or extend his contract beyond 2016.

School board members did his annual evaluation Thursday and declined any performance-based raise.

Last month, Durham schools suspended Becoats' credit card after a series of questionable charges. The board had a three-hour closed meeting with Becoats about the matter after he racked up $21,000 in charges over the last year.

School board chair Heidi Carter told WNCN at the time that she was "disturbed" by the spending on the card.

Becoats have a base salary of $195,700 a year. In addition, he receives $600 a month in exchange for using his personal vehicle for in-county travel. Because of that travel pay, Becoats does not receive any reimbursement for his in-county travel costs. He is reimbursed for out of town travel in his vehicle, unless he uses a DPS vehicle.

Becoats also receives an additional $100 a month for cell phone expenses.

The district provides him with a laptop, Internet connection and printer at his home.

Last year, the school board extended Becoats' contract end date from June 30, 2104 to June 30, 2016.

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