DALLAS — The Dallas Independent School District has announced the hiring of 19 new administrators to fill spots opened up earlier this year as part of a major overhaul by the district.
Half of the administrators hired have ties to the Dallas area or the district; the rest come from across the region or the country.
"I think it's a good sign when people come from around the area and want to work for Dallas ISD," said DISD Superintendent Mike Miles.
Among the new hires was former Fort Worth administrator Sylvia Reyna, who will earn $198,000 a year as the Dallas ISD's chief of school leadership.
The district has filled its five assistant superintendent positions, which includes keeping long-time district employee Shirley Ison-Newsome on board.
It has locked up 13 of 20 executive director positions, who will oversee principals.
"These are the kind of people who have a track record of managing their positions and their schools for student outcomes," said David Chard.
Chard is the dean of SMU's Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
He said it appears that Miles hired people who share his education philosophy, and have had success where they worked.
"There are many powerful leaders in this group who have demonstrated success," Chard said.
Salaries for the new hires are slightly higher than they were for previous employees.
DISD cut 33 administrative jobs during this process, and district officials say it's saved $1.2 million through this restructuring.
"I think we have competitive salaries, we're going to make sure we don't overspend and save money for the district," Miles said.
Still, Rena Honea, president of Alliance AFT, the union representing Dallas ISD's teachers said the above average salaries make employees anxious.
"They're really discouraged because many of our teachers have not seen pay increases for four and five years," Honea added. "Last year there was no salary increase for any employee in the district."