New DISD chief cuts dozens of executive jobs

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 4:02 PM

DALLAS — New Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles has not even officially started work, but Tuesday night he was orchestrating an unprecedented shake-up of administrative staff.

News 8 has learned that an estimated 80 DISD officials and their staff were given notices Tuesday that their jobs have been eliminated. The only top-level administrative jobs reported to be safe were those holding principal positions.

All of the top leaders at the state's second-largest school district — including long-time area superintendent and executive director Shirley Ison-Newsome — have been given their walking papers.

Ison-Newsome was the administrator who authorized the much criticized, boys-only field trip to see the war movie "Red Tails."

A DISD spokesperson said while up to 80 jobs have been eliminated, an estimated 50 new jobs are being created, and all those who were let go Tuesday can re-apply for the newly-created positions.

But keep in mind, the new superintendent has vowed to conduct a national search to recruit the best new leadership team he can find.

While some are downplaying the significance of Tuesday’s reorganization, one school board member said, “this is why we hired him... this is what we need."

Sources say those who lost their jobs have until the end of June to re-apply.

WFAA's Shon Gables contributed to this report

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