DISD board set to officially hire new superintendent today

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 10:24 PM

DALLAS - The Dallas Independent School District is likely to have a new superintendent named early this evening.

The school board is poised to vote-in their sole finalist, Mike Miles, when the board meets at 6 p.m.

The one question the board is not answering is how much the next DISD superintendent will be paid. President of the board Dr. Lou Blackburn said that cannot be revealed until the they vote on the contract tonight.

Miles comes to DISD after spending over five years as a superintendent in Colorado Springs.
His current salary is $195,000 a year.

Superintendents in the Dallas Independent School District have been among the highest paid in the nation for cities the size of Dallas. Former Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, for example, topped out at $330,000 a year.

As DISD superintendent, Miles might also be given thousands of dollars in perks that could include a car, cell phone and computer allowance. Past superintendents have also been given incentive pay of $40,000 for helping the district achieve certain academic goals.

Tonight, the board is also expected to vote on an interim contract for the new superintendent to pay for the 15 days he's being asked to work before his official start date July 2.

Blackburn said the sooner the new superintendent can become familiar with the inner workings of the district, the better. As Blackburn said, there are three top jobs that remain open, and the superintendent may want to fill them before the start of the next school year. Blackburn said those positions include the head of human resources, food operations and the learning department, which oversees curriculum and instruction.

The board will also go into closed session to discuss the contract details for the next superintendent. Once back in open session, the board will vote on approving Miles as the next superintendent. The Board will then vote to approve his contract and, finally, the board will vote on his interim contract.

Blackburn said Miles is expected to be in town for the meeting, and is also expected to stay in town through the weekend.

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