Dallas ISD restructuring starts at the top

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 6:49 PM

DALLAS — Mike Miles was brought in to shake things up at the Dallas Independent School District and he continues to do so, starting at the top.

DISD's new superintendent cut more than 40 administrative jobs from the district and has put an additional 36 jobs up for grabs.

"The structure I put in place, yes, there will be fewer positions available," Miles told News 8 on Wednesday. "The goal wasn't to decrease the number of people, the goal was to be effective and efficient in supporting and monitoring them."

Miles’ new leadership structure creates a system with five assistant superintendents and 20 executive directors. Their job will be to monitor and evaluate the district's principals multiple times a year.

"We will be assessing principals pretty rigorously, and that will mean some folks won't make the bar," Miles said.

Personnel changes at the school level will not likely happen for a year.  Miles said he did not want to disrupt things at the school level.

But he has put his principals on notice, giving them a year to adapt to his message and produce good results.

The moves are not a surprise to former school board member Ron Price.  In his 12 years as a trustee, he saw seven superintendents come in with their message of hope.

"That's what every superintendent says:  'Dallas needs a shakeup, Dallas needs a shakeup,' but academic progress hasn't shaken up," Price said.

Price agrees with Miles that educators need to be held accountable and given a short leash.

"Children do not have time for adults to get it right; children need to have it right, right now, so they can get a proper education," Price said.

DISD is advertising the new openings on its website.  They will be open to internal and external candidates.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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