DISD Board hires Mike Miles in 8-to-1 vote



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Posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 27 at 7:08 AM

DALLAS - Mike Miles signed a 22-page contract late Thursday night to become Dallas ISD's next school superintendent.

"This is an exciting day for me and my family," Miles told a group of reporters and photographers gathered in a conference room at Dallas ISD headquarters.

The three-year contract pays him $300,000 a year, the same his predecessor earned.

But Miles could be eligible to earn two lucrative bonuses: one for $75,000 and another $125,000 for reaching goals the school board has yet to define.

It took school board members more than two hours in closed session to agree on the terms of his contract. Trustees then voted 8-to-1 to hire Miles.

Carla Ranger said she had concerns and questions about hiring him. When asked later what those were, Ranger would not elaborate.

Dallas wants Miles to duplicate the work he did reforming schools in Colorado.

Miles his base salary here is $105,000 more than made in Colorado. He also agreed not to do any outside consulting while employed in Dallas.

"Dallas ISD is a huge system," Miles told News 8. "It has a lot of work to do and it's going to take 110 percent of my time to do the work here."

The school district is also giving Miles $6,000 a year towards a car and $3,000 annually for his cell phone.

Miles said his first task is to hire a support staff to work immediately under him.

His first official day is July 1, but he told News 8 he would be working on Friday at the district.

Trustees also approved an interim contract allowing him to transition into Dallas ISD. The district is paying him $1,000 a day for a maximum of 15 days until he begins this summer.

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