DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas ISD’s new superintendent began his first day of “official” work for the district alongside positive data from the Texas Education Agency.
The state’s second largest district has a graduation rate of 80 percent. Students receiving diplomas within the traditional four years of high school are part of the graduation rate assessment.
Miles called the news positive. But he emphasized his Destination 2020 plan for the district, that includes increasing graduation rates, student college readiness and other achievement goals.
“The graduation rate is good news. I dont think anybody questions whether we still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “Let’s celebrate the good news, and get right back to work”.
Miles is no stranger to controversy and has faced scrutiny over his immediate restructuring of top-level DISD administrators. He also faced tough questions about the high salaries his executive cabinet will receive, including $185,000 for his Chief of Communications.
Miles defended those salaries again Monday morning to CBS 11 saying they will be worth it.
The new DISD chief said he is hitting the ground running and has a full schedule ahead of him.
“The cabinet is meeting for the first time, together and then we are going to be going to HR. We’ve got some things to do there,” Miles said. “We’ll be talking about our 5-year plan, our Destination 2020 plan. We’ve got a lot of work.”
On Monday afternoon, Miles outlined his direction for Texas’ second-largest public school system. He wants more training for teachers, improved instruction for children and more oversight of principals. Miles is so focused on teacher development, he will actually lead a special training session himself in two weeks.
Miles said not all of the members of his executive cabinet are here in Dallas yet, but they should be arriving within the next few days.
Meanwhile, he said his number one priority is always the children within the district.
“You can expect us to work everyday for the kids in Dallas ISD,” he said.