Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has decided not to terminate Superintendent Mike Miles, according to ABC News 8 on Tuesday morning, Oct. 1. Board trustees worked until after midnight, Monday, Sep. 30 to meet the deadline set by the board to determine Miles’ fate. A report from an independent investigation conducted by former U.S. attorney Paul Coggins found that the superintendent violated board policy and his employment contract, but did not break any laws.
The board voted to modify Miles’ contract, removing a clause which gives the superintendent of Dallas schools an automatic contract extension. He will also be placed on a 90-day growth plan. The disciplinary action came after trustees voted 5-3 against a motion to fire the superintendent. ABC Midday News said “they ultimately decided by a unanimous vote to modify his contract.”
The modifications to Superintendent Miles’ contract include:
- Removal of a clause giving the superintendent an automatic contract extension if he scores high on his annual evaluation
- Superintendent must inform the board before taking any personnel action against his senior staff
- Several new items will constitute grounds for his dismissal:
- Superintendent disparaging board members
- Bullying or retaliating against employees
- Disclosing confidential information
Superintendent Miles has agreed to all of the changes in his contract, listed above. A final act of the board was the issuance of a letter of reprimand, in addition to the previously mentioned 90-day growth plan.
Elizabeth Jones, board trustee, stated at the meeting on Monday evening, “It may not rise to the level, in and of itself, a fire-able offense. But, what it does do is give us very grave concerns about whether we have trust-based leadership and, whether we, as a district, should place trust in that leader when that leader has violated that trust.” However, trustee Nancy Bingham reminded fellow board members, "In the Coggins report, it was very specific: There was no violation of any laws, civil or criminal, and I think that must be remembered."