DALLAS – For new Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles, the big push leading to Monday’s commencement of the 2012-2013 school year was getting students to show up.
Higher attendance means higher funding levels from the state. And there has been a door-to-door effort to remind families that school started on Monday.
Dallas ISD officials say they will announce Monday’s attendance numbers later in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Miles toured schools including the stunning, new Zan Holmes Middle School, which has a modern and open feel.
"It's a point of pride for the community. I think any kid would be proud to go to a school like this, Miles said. "And now we just have to have the instruction match the building. I think we got to do that."
West Nile Virus is also at the top of minds at DISD. Miles says they will review their precautions against the virus at the cabinet meeting Monday.
However, he encourages students to wear long sleeve shirts and pants and says campuses have mosquito repellent on hand if needed.