Shirley Ison-Newsome Left DISD Yesterday With a $142,000 Golden Parachute

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Shirley Ison-Newsome
A bizarre and still murky series of events ended yesterday when longtime DISD administrator Shirley Ison-Newsome officially stepped aside, just four days after she announced, then promptly rescinded, her resignation in favor of retirement.

Ison-Newsome has been a powerful, polarizing figure during 37 years with the district, and her departure will no doubt be applauded by many. What will be applauded by very few people is the golden parachute she's managed to weave.

Ison-Newsome's last day was Tuesday, but the Morning News is reporting that she'll be paid all the way through August 31, 2013, her official retirement date.

"We actually do these sorts of settlements for lots of people," Superintendent Mike Miles told the paper.

At her current, $170,000 salary, her compensation for doing exactly nothing comes to just about $142,000. A lot of money, to be sure, but there's a strong argument to be made that Ison-Newsome is more valuable doing nothing than she was doing something, especially when that something included field trips.

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flmna
flmna

Where are the details on Shirley's package?  Are they calling it an LOA until August?  Will she get her time credited toward her retirement pay?   Is this the same district that freezes out teachers who go on legitimate leaves of absence, denying them accrued comp. time, etc.?  

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

Why did Miles re-hire her to a new position and a higher salary in the first place?  He could have gotten rid of her by not hiring her back.  This just shows a total lack of judgement  and managerial ability on the part of Miles.  Just wasting more taxpayer money like it was monopoly money.

 

The statement that, "We actually do these sorts of settlements for lots of people," just shows how the DISD and other ISDs just waste taxpayer money.  No one outside of government gets to put in a retirement date 10 months in advance and gets paid for sitting at home. 

 

Those who keep saying that more money is needed for education first should stop stuff like this before crying about needing more.  I as a taxpayer, am never going to support just throwing more money into education when the adminstrators in education just continue to waste the money like this.  How do teachers have to buy their own supplies when adminstrators just waste money like this?

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

"Let's just get her out and move on down the road towards a focus on educating children."

 

As of today, the number of teacher vacancies has climbed to 399.  

 

I would bet hard, cold cash that Miles replaces Shirley with another minion before he fills those teaching positions.

 

Taxpayer money is NOT going to educating kids; it's going to administrator salaries.

 

WylieH
WylieH

Although it pains me to say it, it is probably worth it to get her out of DISD.  My sense is that she has been responsible for millions upon millions of dollars in wasteful spending while simultaneously contributing to a semi-toxic work environment.

 

Let's just get her out and move on down the road towards a focus on educating children.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

"We actually do these sorts of settlements for lots of people," Superintendent Mike Miles told the paper.

 

Dallas taxpayers, let that sink in.  The Superintendent has admitted that the DISD does "LOTS" of settlements where people get paid almost a year's salary for doing nothing.

 

I have one message for the kids of the DISD:  Make good grades, go to college, and get a teaching degree so you can work for the DISD.  There's gold in them thar hills.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Smart move. Got her out quiet and fast. Hope the settlement includes a shut up and stay out of school business provision.

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

That's, what, three teachers' salaries for a year?

SCamp
SCamp

Good Riddance. I hate that she gets what she does but DISD is much beeter off without her.

sureudo
sureudo

Do you need any further proof that Mike Miles is also a liar and a crook? SIN resigns and then negotiates a "settlement" where she gets paid for another 10 months. This woman is behind much of the corruption in the district because she placed her buddies in positions of power and colluded with every crooked deal in this district. The board is going to give Miles a "settlement" to go with SIN's. Maybe they can go consult somewhere together with Miles' sister who got tossed out of the DOD schools for fraud and corruption. That would at least be a critical mass in one place.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

 @WylieH The problem with "just get her out and move on down the road" is EXACTLY what Miles and the administration want you to do -- get worn down, tired thinking about it, and sweep it under the rug.  That way, when it happens again (and it WILL happen again), you will again "just want to move on down the road."

 

Look closely at what Miles said in the article.  " 'We actually do these sorts of settlements for lots of people,' Superintendent Mike Miles told the paper."  

 

SIN wasted millions.  Miles and 3700 Ross are wasting millions throwing hush money at people who waste millions.  

 

I want someone to ask whether the DISD put some kind of clause in SIN's termination agreement that she will refrain from any type of future work with the DISD or, more importantly, working with any consultant(s) that work for the DISD.

 

I bet you dollars to donuts she ends up using her connections securing work for some DISD consultant or vendor.  

Edward
Edward

 @PrestonHoller My guess is that there aren't very many (if ANY) actual teachers who are getting these kinds of settlements.

 

It's all about the administrators.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

 @primi_timpano It will definitely have a "shut up" provision.  But not a "stay out of school business provision."  3700 Ross will definitely want her out there doing some type of consulting business so that as other administrators have someone in high places that can find them jobs when their own hands get caught in the cookie jar.

WylieH
WylieH

 @PrestonHoller Fair point.  They should have made her golden parachute contingent on her agreeing never, ever to participate (directly or indirectly) in any business matters involving DISD for the remainder of her life.

 

I'm also assuming that Miles mis-spoke when he said that they hand out these juicy $100,000+ "gifts" to retiring DISD officials on a regular basis.  But he really needs to clarify.  Why in the world did they "gift" her so many scarce taxpayer dollars?

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

 @Edward My guess is that your guess is wrong.  I bet it is soooooo easy for a teacher to claim their principal did this or that on the basis of race.  Yes, I agree that the administrators get a smoother process.  The District may wait until a teacher actually hires an attorney.  But I bet many teachers get a pretty sweat deal -- especially the ones that are aunts, nieces, cousins, etc. of the correct people in administration.  

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

 @WylieH  Not so fast on thinking Miles didn't mean $100K "gifts" to "retiring" DISD officials.  It is very, very, very easy to threaten a lawsuit when leaving a company over discrimination.  When a company is confronted with a threaten suit that has a reasonable risk of being lost, a company will pay a seveance like this in exchange for a release not to file suit.  The problem with the DISD is the cronyism and nepotism.  It is very, very easy for the higher ups to rubber stamp this type of settlement when there is no actual risk.  

 

My bet is that SIN (and many others like her) got her @ss in a crack.  To get out, decided to "retire" and she threatened to file some kind of lawsuit on her way out unless they paid her off.  The higher ups, with a wink and a nod, said "Oh yeah, we need to pay her something to avoid this threaten suit."  

 

If you don't think other administrators and teachers don't do the same, I've got some beach front property in Kansas I'll sell you.

 

Maybe these people aren't get the $143K parachute SIN is.  But I guarantee you that there are many, many, many that are getting the same type of percentage of salary that SIN is getting.  

itchyjack
itchyjack

 @PrestonHoller  @Edward Your guess is exactly that.  Do some research.  Two of the board members of the DISD were actually teachers and as for 'administrators' in general; very few spend time, if any, as teachers.  They just can't; if they want to make it to the top of an ISD.  I take it you never spent much time in PTA.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

 @PrestonHoller  @Edward Edward is right.  There are very few teachers who get deals like this.

 

If a principal wants to fire a teacher, the teacher will claim racism/sexism/ageism and the teacher will get to keep their job no matter how badly they perform.

 

But big cash settlements?  No.  

It's the administrators who get those.

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