Friday, April 27, 2012

Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approves Mike Miles as Superintendent of Schools


"Official start date is July 1

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted to name Mike Miles as the district’s new Superintendent of Schools. The board approved hiring Miles with an 8-1 vote during tonight’s called board meeting. 

Miles’ contract, approved by trustees, will provide him a salary of $300,000 a year for three years. This move puts Miles at the helm of the nation’s 14th largest school district. 

“This obviously is an exciting time for me,” said Miles. “I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated people here in Dallas ISD, the staff, parents and the community. I know great things are ahead for us as we move forward for the good of our students.”

Miles’ first official day on the job will be July 1, 2012. However, the board voted to enter into an additional Administrative Services Agreement with Miles that would allow him to get to work immediately. That agreement would be for a period of no more than15 days between now and his official start date. Under the agreement, Miles will receive a day rate of $1,000.   

Known as an innovator and reformer, Miles served as Superintendent for the Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs for nearly six years. Under his leadership, the district experienced increased graduation rates and improved student achievement.

Miles started his career in education in 1995 as a high school teacher in his alma mater school district—Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8.  He continued to grow professionally and held other positions such as middle school principal, coordinator of administration services and from 2003 to 2006 served as assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, in the same school district.

Miles is a former U.S. Army Ranger and West Point graduate who entered the ranks of the officer corps at Ft. Lewis, Washington, where he served in the Army's elite Ranger Battalion and commanded an Infantry Rifle Company.

After the Army, Miles studied Slavic languages and literature at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Leningrad in Russia.  Miles then pursued advanced study of Soviet affairs and public policy at Columbia University and earned a master’s degree in 1989.  The same year, he joined the U.S. Department of State as a policy analyst on the Soviet desk, and then from 1990 to 1995 as diplomat in Moscow and Warsaw at the end of the Cold War. 

Miles is married to Karen Miles, and they have three children."