Students in Dallas now have a new man in charge of their education.
Friday was Mike Miles' first unofficial day on the job, and he wasn’t wasting any time getting to work. Miles wants to improve achievement in the classroom for students and put new leadership in place in the district. The new superintendent hopes to prove that he’s worth every penny he’ll get paid.
“I’ve got to talk to teachers and principals. There’s a lot to do before July 1,” said Miles, who adds he’ll go straight into the schools to see what changes need to be made. He wants to make the education for the 157,000 students in his district the best it can be.
“Everyone wants to move forward. They want more rigor in the classrooms and higher expectations for our kids and there’s an achievement gap, so there are challenges I’m going to be working on,” said Miles.
Parent Irene Mondragon will be watching Miles' achievements.
“Hopefully he’ll do what needs to be done for the students, that’s my concern,” said Mondragon.
Miles said he’ll also focus on filling his cabinet and vacant positions.
Parent Blanca Espinosa believes Miles will take the district in a positive direction.
“I’m excited, big changes, a new face,” said Espinosa. “I think it will be worth it. I think he’s a down-to-earth person. We’ll see."
The former Colorado Springs Superintendent will be paid $300,000 per year for each year of his 3-year contract. He can make much more than his annual salary with incentives. he can earn an additional $75,000 for meeting performance goals and another $125,000 if students reach academic goals. Miles also gets $750 per month for a car and cell phone allowance. He can also charge the district $1,000 per day, up to 15 days for interim work.
"I think they need to ask me in a year if I’ve earned $300,000, and I think they’ll say I have,” said Miles. He’ll also get $10,000 to make the move from Colorado.
Miles' first official day is July 1.