Miles Hires Five to DISD Administrative Team

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From left, Conger, Cordero, Williams and Lusk. According to Google Images, Stephanie Elizalde does not exist.
A week after making one of his bigger hires in Teach for America's Charles Glover, incoming Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles continues to fill out his administrative team.

Tuesday, the district announced that it has hired the first five of an eventual 20 executive directors, each of whom will oversee and coach a handful of principals and report to an assistant superintendent. All of the hires are current DISD employees, but expect that to change. Miles, if you'll recall, is cutting the layer of bureaucracy between the superintendent and the principals by more than half, from 79 positions (68 currently occupied) to 36.

And with three of the new hires getting bumped up from principal slots, the number of current mid-level administrators who won't be back next year looks to be at 35 and counting.

True to form, Miles favors turnaround artists in his first batch of hires. Edward Conger has led a renaissance at Thomas Jefferson High School, increasing graduation rates and somehow getting a quarter of his students to learn Mandarin. Israel Cordero has done similar things at Samuel High School, and Brian Lusk helped revive Walker Middle School before taking charge of A. Maceo Smith High School's transformation.

The other two hires are in district administration. Stephanie Elizalde directs the DISD's STEM program -- that's science, technology, engineering and math train for teachers -- and Leslie Williams is the senior executive director for the central secondary learning community.

DISD is promising more hires after another round of interviews.

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Lunchlady62
Lunchlady62

Again how can they justify these hirings when they have not restored the salary cuts to the peon admistrators and support staff?

Barbara
Barbara

So far a significant lack of estrogen with a PC assortment of men.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Stephanie Elizalde's blurb in the DISD web pages said she spent lots of time mentoring and consulting in San Antonio schools before coming here.  A quick search produced this:

http://www.corporationwiki.com... 

Not sure if it is the same Stephanie Elizalde, but if it is, the TX comptroller's office has the consultants on a "Vendor Hold" which means any and all payments made to the vendor are held for 30 days due to a state debt of any sort.  If the debt isn't satisfied, the payment is held.

What was really intriguing is I really could find no information with any depth or history to it regarding Ms. Elizalde.  No pictures, no resume, no published articles in any educational trade journals, no mention (even in the short DISD bio on her) of her college education or teaching experience.  This, for a person drawing over $100k/year salary as a public servant? Administering the DISD's Math and Science Dpt?  Can anyone shed some light on who she might really be?

momto3nlakewood
momto3nlakewood

I can only attest to the new appointment of Brian Lusk.  He is innovative, intelligent, disciplined, and committed to the DISD.  He lives in Dallas, sends his kids to the DISD, and his wife is also employed in the district.  He will not take any BS from anyone and will stand up for ALL children in the DISD.  I applaud Mr. Miles for this appointment.  

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

For Miles and Team:

1.  Leslie Williams?  Seriously?

2.  Parents and teachers need a way to alert Lusk/Conger/Codero/etc to what's REALLY going on at the schools.  

Most principals will know what to say and when to say it; the mentors will never hear the real deal from principals.  You need to hear from PARENTS what the problems are.

3.  We have dozens of excellent assistant/associate principals just itching to lead schools well.  Find a way to survey parents and teachers so you can tap into the talent that is already here and experienced.  No expensive consultants needed.  More out-of-district hires will further discourage assistants/associates who are putting in time and excellence to serve these kids.  Talented APs will leave for pastures where they have a shot at eventually getting their own school.  

4.  There are too many out-of-control kids at the comprehensives.  Teachers and principals can only do so much; the 10% of the kids who are thugs are driving away great families and great teachers.  If you don't address this reality, no other reforms will work.  Those kids need help.  

justafewfacts
justafewfacts

Might want to consider the facts rather than the press release. Leslie Williams has presided over two learning communities for years that showed no improvement. He is a SIN choice.Cordero has been at Samuell for many years and six of seven , it was Academically Unacceptable, so he is supposed to coach other principals? Samuell is later stage AYP5--closure.Cordero has no way out except a promotion within Dallas. Lusk isn't presiding over a transformation at A Maceo. That school was also about to be shut for low performance, but in another SIN move, the principal and staff just relocated to Wilmer. No consequences. Lusk took over a new school that is like a magnet where kids have to apply. Notice these promotions were announced before the STAAr results are in because once again, Williams is head of failing schools and Samuell is back on the trail for potential closure. And in true DISD fashion, incompetents get promoted.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

More cautious optimism. If these folks can replicate their success at the next level, and Miles remains serious about cutting bureaucracy, this could be good news. I'm still not wild about some of what I've heard about Miles, but his first few steps seem mostly positive.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I am cautious, I am optimistic, I am intrigued.  I am also scared that this will all be a dream and when I awake it will be business as usual.   Too many years of DISD incompetence has made me gun shy.   Hope that Mike is true!

Dad With Kids in DISC
Dad With Kids in DISC

Looks like the gravy train is coming to an end.  How many assistant superintendents will be hired to oversee the executive directors?  Also, is there any information available on whether principals will be required to apply for their jobs?  That's really where the rubber meets the road as far as implementing and realizing positive results.  And what's going on with regards to reforming the IT department and getting the right equipment to the right places?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Is bad facial hair a new DISD requirement?

Anon
Anon

79 to 36 is a good start. we just need to make sure that once we see hell hasn't frozen over with 36, that we don't get complacent about it. that's when we need someone who says they are willing to try 18

Facebook User
Facebook User

Frankly, the new superintendent is the best news DISD has had in a long time. The more people that are upset - the better. If everyone is happy I guarantee that nothing will get better. Most of those not returning to the District are great educators, but together (i.e. as a unit) they haven't been able to get the job done. It is time for a change...

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

" Tuesday, the district announced that it has hired the first five of an eventual 20 executive directors, each of whom will oversee and coach a handful of principals and report to an assistant superintendent."

"20 executive directors, each of whom will oversee and coach a handful of principals"

And "Coach"

A handful of Principals ?

Just sounds like another layer of Bull shit some working stiff has to please in order to keep their job.

 

Strong ones are hiding
Strong ones are hiding

There are definitely strong female principals in DISD that testosterones will scamper away. Principal Escanilla of North Dallas, she's Asian, short, but can definitely scare the hell of beard-de-nincompoop teachers. Principal Willard of Madison High is Madea's family reunion-gone-wild-will-hit-your-face-with-a-frying-pan style of discipline. Principal Olivia Henderson need to get the hell out of Stonewall Jackson so there will be more Stonewall-like schools in DISD.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

To the extent that Ms. Elizalde can take any credit for the Townview STEM Magnet being declared one of the best schools in the US, this is wonderful, but I have no idea of her direct involvement.  I only know what is in the papers and on the DISD web site. I personally am most proud of this STEM Magnet achievement because they are the magnet school that closest to the profile of the average DISD student demographically with relatively few, only 15%, of student from outside DISD.  That is wonderful!  The magnets should be serving DISD students first, then others as space is available.  This status, again, as one of the best in the US, is a wonderful achievement for our STEM Magnet.

JS
JS

She's a witch.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Maybe that's why Stephanie Elizalde didn't have a picture?  Her beard isn't fully formed yet?

Lunchlady62
Lunchlady62

Do the math, that's less than 12 principals a piece.

Guest
Guest

There are more than 200 principals.  How many people do you think should be managing them?  Management experts will say that a manager should supervise from 5-20 subordinates.  20 for more than 200 seems to be about right. 

JS
JS

Yeah, this guy sucks. DISD should fire him immediately.  After all, things are great in DISD and there don't need to be any changes made. And cutting the layer of bureaucracy between the superintendent and the principals from 79 positions to 36, well I'm just going to ignore that and claim Mile is adding "another layer of Bull shit [sic]."

Color Me Blank
Color Me Blank

Tracie Fraley of Booker T., Suzie Stauss of Gaston, Anita Hardwick of WT White. Betcha they won't get a chance because of the color of their skin. Adelfa Callejo and LULAC demanded to have a line up of Hispanics in Mike Miles' cabinet. I agree with Escanilla of North Dallas and Henderson of Stonewall, but Willard of Madison??? Oh God, no!!

Montemalone
Montemalone

If any of those guys make you purr, then I think it's time for you to give up the homemade gin.

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