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DISD School Board Warns Superintendent Mike Miles

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The Dallas School Board has issued a strong message to Superintendent Mike Miles warning him not to interfere with an on-going investigation.

School board trustees sent Miles a letter instructing him to keep his mouth closed and warning him not to tamper with anything in relationship to the investigation or risk losing his job.

The three-page memo was delivered to Miles last Wednesday.

Miles is the focus of the independent investigation, which alleges that he tampered with the awarding of district contracts.

The Board of Education has already viewed an internal report which claims Miles tried to manipulate a six-figure service contract, for the benefit of a local agency. The allegation was made by Miles’ former Communications Chief Rebecca Rodriguez.

In the letter issued to Miles, the board issued 11-directives for Miles to follow including orders to not issue public statements on the matter or about Rodriguez, while investigation is on-going. He was also ordered not to destroy any documents pertinent to the investigation.

The board said Miles’ failure to comply could be viewed as contract breach, and cause for termination.

“We don’t need anything to interfere with the investigation, including statements by the superintendent, so we’d like everything to be above board as possible,” said Dallas ISD Trustee Lew Blackburn.

DISD trustees voted unanimously to spend $100,000 to conduct an independent investigation headed by former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Paul Coggins.

The investigation is expected to be wrapped up in 30 days.

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