DALLAS It was a long night of meeting behind closed doors for Dallas Independent School District trustees on Monday.
Members spent several hours discussing Superintendent Mike Miles' contract and his future with the district. After 11 hours, they voted 7-2 to extend his contract by two years.
Miles was also asking for a boost in his current $300,000 salary, as well as consulting days. While trustees didn't give him a raise, he did receive eight consulting days that are built into his contract.
Miles who is no stranger to controversy is in the final year of a three-year deal with Dallas ISD that was set to expire next summer.
According to Education Resource Group, a Texas-based think tank that compiles data to measure and compare school districts, Dallas ISD has made some significant strides in the past two years under Miles' leadership.
ERG says student performance on mandated tests has advanced from the 46th percentile in 2011 to the 70th percentile in 2013. The firm's numbers show district performance jumped from the 36th to 66th percentile, making it neck-and-neck with Houston ISD.
ERG also says Dallas ISD has leapfrogged 64 districts in productivity over a two-year period.
Some taxpayers and critics were busy trying to get the trustees' attention before the board meeting. More than 300 concerned citizens rallied online with Dallas Friends of Public Education in sending e-mails urging the board not to extend Miles' contract.
Miles has previously come under fire for student performance on state tests, low teacher morale and his pay-for-performance plan.Miles was also at the helm when last month's illegal basketball recruiting scandal broke.