DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The superintendent of Dallas Schools plans to add two top-level jobs to his administration, along with the top-level salaries that come with them, in his plan to replace his Chief of Staff.

And at the same time, Superintendent Mike Miles is not talking about paying six-figures to a top staffer who has left the district.

As Mike Miles enters the middle of his first semester as superintendent he’s dealing with a teacher shortage, but still has plans to spend more money on cabinet positions.

Ten weeks into the school year and the tally for the DISD is as follows:

  • 350 Classroom leadership vacancies
  • Full-time teachers not on the job
  • Minus one senior Assistant Superintendent overseeing schools

But veteran educator Shirley Ison-Newsome will be able to retain her $170,000 salary; despite the fact she no longer works for the district. How is that happening? Miles called it a settlement agreement. “Districts across the nation every once in a while have settlement agreements. That’s not an unusual practice,” he said.

Miles also lost former Interim Superintendent and district Chief of Staff Alan King. Now the leader plans to hire two people to replace King and perform his once duties. The positions could carry combined salary price tags that hit near the half-million dollar mark.

Miles said, “We have a healthy financial situation right now, so we need those positions, and we’ll be filling those.”

Superintendent Miles is also said to be searching for a technology expert to fill another top-level position that is being created.

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