By Steve Pickett


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Another misstep the Dallas School District can’t afford.

That’s how one Dallas ISD Trustee described his sentiment after revelations of a top school district executive’s disparaging remarks about employees forced her resignation.

Human Resources Chief Carmen Darville stepped down Thursday. She acknowledged sending demeaning instant messages to a district staffer about DISD employees. Darville oversees the department that hires all DISD workers.

But her departure only fuels questions about possible misconduct in the hiring, promoting and removing of staffers. “If there’s something broader, we’ll address it,” DISD Superintendent Mike Miles said today. Miles called the actions tied to Darville disappointing and frustrating.

An internal inquiry into the hiring of a district Human Resources employee raised questions about Darville and others possibly bypassing district policy, to complete the hire. As part of the inquiry, a district investigator found instant messages that displayed inappropriate ethnic humor, jokes about forcing a worker to quit and other statements.

Miles today said Darville performed admirably in her leadership post to recruit and hire teachers and others, but said he was shocked when made aware of her instant messages.

The President of the largest teacher union for DISD, Alliance AFT leader Rena Honea, said the revelations of Darville’s conduct show “further evidence of a systemic failure by this administration to protect employees from mistreatment”. Honea said the concerns extend well beyond the bad judgment of one person.

The Dallas School Board has now called for a special meeting Tuesday, Febuary 3 to discuss the Darville matter, and the internal investigation of the district’s Human Resources department.

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