There will soon be a major shake-up in the Dallas Independent School District that could leave dozens of employees out of work.
New Superintendent Mike Miles isn’t officially on the job until July 1, yet, he’s already implementing sweeping changes that will force some staff to compete for their current positions.
Miles says there’s no better time for change than now. It’s the end of the school year, which could also be the end of some staff jobs.
Miles unveiled a new plan, slashing positions from the top down in his Destination 2020 vision. Around 80 leadership positions will be downsized to 36 positions effective June 30.
Miles presented Destination 2020 to the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees last week.
Current employees, who hold a job title, were told Tuesday that their position has been eliminated. They will need to re-apply for the position and compete against other candidates from inside and outside of the district.
Miles also plans to create 50 new jobs. There will be 20 executive director positions available to support principals and 14 additional jobs in other departments along with current open positions. (20 executive directors, five assistant superintendents, one chief of school leadership and 10 coordinators.)
“This restructuring does not mean that the district does not value the hard work of its employees during the last several years,” said Miles. “Indeed, the district appreciates the commitment of its school leadership staff, especially during a long transition period.”
Miles signed his three-year, $300,000 a year contract at the end of April. His first official day is July 1. He’s currently working part-time for a $1,000 a day.
“As the end of the school year approaches, it makes sense to reorganize now so that there is as much time as possible to focus on improving the quality of instruction, raising student achievement and supporting the culture and climate of each school in Dallas ISD,” said Miles.
The district plans to post available positions on its website Wednesday. Interviews are expected to begin next week.