Monday, April 2, 2012 , Updated 11:10 p.m., April 26, 2012
UPDATEDx2: Mike Miles hired as Dallas ISD superintendent
The board approved him with an 8-1 vote.
DALLAS Dallas ISD announced Monday that Mike Miles is the sole finalist for superintendent. He's been superintendent at Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs since 2006. The board of trustees had been looking for a new superintendent since Michael Hinojosa announced his resignation in May 2011.
“The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees is thrilled with our selection of Mike Miles as the lone finalist for Superintendent of Schools,” said Lew Blackburn, president of the board. “Mr. Miles has spent his entire life serving the public and has a proven track record of success. Not only will his life story serve as an inspiration to our students, he is a recognized leader who is focused on student results. Today is a great day for the Dallas Independent School District.”
The appointment is pending board approval; the vote is Thursday, April 26.
[UPDATEx2: Miles was hired after an 8-1 vote on Thursday, April 26. His salary will be $300,000 a year for three years.
Carla Ranger cast the "no" vote.
Miles will start with before his official day on July 1. He'll be allowed to work no more than 15 days between July 1 and now, and he will recieve $1,000 a day for his work.]
Here's a short bio for Miles, a married father of three, as sent by the district:
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 at the Soviet desk, and then from 1990 to 1995 as diplomat in Moscow and Warsaw at the end of the Cold War.
Miles and his family returned home to Colorado Springs in 1995 where he started as a high school teacher in his alma mater school district – Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. Miles 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.
Currently, Miles also serves as an educational consultant and motivational speaker for school districts and other public organizations around the state of Colorado. He is recognized as an accomplished practitioner of curriculum alignment, organizational effectiveness, and systems thinking.
UPDATE: Trustee Carla Ranger was the only board member who abstained from voting. She writes on her blog that she did so because she "wanted more information on all candidates and an open and transparent process." The trustees that voted yes were Lew Blackburn, Nancy Bingham, Eric Cowan, Edwin Flores, Adam Medrano, Mike Morath, Bernadette Nutall, and Bruce Parrott.