Wife, son of Dallas ISD chief Miles to return to Colorado

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 6:38 PM

DALLAS –– Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles says he is moving his wife and son back to Colorado Springs in the next few weeks due to "negative media attention" surrounding an investigation into allegations of improper conduct.

Miles and his family moved from Colorado Springs last year where they lived for the previous 17. The move comes just one year into Miles' three year contract.

In a letter to Dallas ISD board members late last night, Miles said the publicity was "starting to take its toll" on his wife Karen and son Anthony, who is entering the seventh grade.

Miles is accused by his former Communications Director of interfering in the bid process and then later trying to quash an internal investigation into his actions. Two weeks ago, the board voted to hand the Miles investigation off to an outside law firm.

Miles has denied any wrongdoing.

Since being named the district's top official, Miles has lost seven cabinet members and faces the internal investigation.

Miles told the board in an email Sunday night that he is "absolutely steadfast in my commitment to serve the children and staff of Dallas ISD and implement systems that will help Dallas children learn and give hope to their dreams."

"It is a difficult decision," said Miles in the email. "But we feel that our first responsibility as parents is to our son and we have to do what is best for him."

Alliance AFT Union President Rena Honea says while she hates to see Miles' family split, she and her members believe Miles' problems are going to get worse.

"And if he is stressed because of media negativity, which he has labeled it, I think people in Dallas have been pretty fair to this point," said Honea. "But now they've seen a year, they've given him a year and the results have not been in the best interests of Dallas ISD."

School board President Eric Cowan declined an interview about Miles' decision but did issue a statement.

"As a father of two, I respect the Superintendent's decision to do what he believes is best for his family," said Cowan. "As Board President, I view this as a personal matter, not a personnel matter."

Mayor Mike Rawlings, who is among Miles' biggest boosters, offered his continued support for the superintendent.

"Mike told me that he is trying to do the right thing for his son and at the same time direct his energy, where it should be," said Rawlings. "The academic performance of the children of Dallas is where we need focus."

Rawlings declined to comment on the allegations that Miles tried to kill an investigation into his own misconduct. That investigation is being conducted by Paul Coggins, the Dallas-based former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

District spokesman Jon Dahlander forwarded a statement on behalf of Miles, which is posted below: 

“My wife Karen and I have made a decision that she and our youngest son will move back to Colorado Springs later this month in time for him to start school. It is a difficult decision, but we feel that our first responsibility as parents is to our son and we have to do what is best for him. Our son will be able to continue his education and attend 7th grade with his childhood friends and classmates. We also hope to insulate him from the negative media attention that has taken a toll on both him and my wife.

“Karen has supported me throughout my career as a public servant, and she and our children continue to do so. I am absolutely steadfast in my commitment to serve the children and staff of Dallas ISD and implement systems that will help Dallas children learn and give hope to their dreams.”

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