Dallas ISD board refrains from vote on future of superintendent Miles

Mike Miles

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles addressed the Dallas Regional Chamber on September 10, 2013.

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Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 12:27 AM

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board opted not to take any vote Thursday night regarding the future of Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and declined to discuss any punishment under consideration for the DISD chief.

After a 4-hour, 40-minute private meeting, Miles and the board emerged from an executive session and listened to external investigator attorney Paul Coggins, who went over the findings in his report on Miles point-by-point before taking questions from the board.

Earlier this month, News 8 obtained a copy of the 49-page report, in which Coggins concluded Miles violated board policy and his employment contract twice, but did not break any laws.

Coggins told the board Miles reluctantly cooperated with the investigation, but said the behavior by Miles described in his report was "troubling."

Miles read a statement in his opportunity to respond, saying he's inspired to go into Dallas schools and he is told by people every day he needs to stay the course. He admitted he had made mistakes and said he wished his relationship with some board members was stronger, but he hopes to improve it.

He did not apologize for being found in violation of policies and his contract directly.

Trustee Lew Blackburn said all district employees were expected to follow policy, and said Miles was "treading on thin ice."

However, trustee Nancy Bingham supported the superintendent, pointing out the vast majority of the allegations against Miles proved to be unfounded in Coggins' report.

Blackburn said a decision on any possible punishment for Miles will come by the end of the month.

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