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The Dallas Independent School District (DISD), is a public school system operating schools throughout Dallas County, Texas. It is the second largest school district in Texas and the twelfth largest school district in the country. It was established in 1884.

The district has 28 high schools, 32 middle schools, three "primary/secondary" schools that include grades normally in both middle schools and elementary schools, more than 150 elementary schools, and one early childhood development center.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Texas school district websites


The good

  • Current and recent budgets, including revenue information, are posted.[1]
  • Board of Trustees are listed with contact information, including phone numbers and addresses.[2]
  • Meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and videos are available.[3]
  • Past audits are posted.[4]
  • Superintendent's contact information is posted.[5]
  • Department contact information is posted, but administrators are not listed.[6]
  • Academic performance results are provided.[7]
  • Applications, benefits, and compensation information is posted.[8]
  • Vendor information and bids are posted.[9]
  • Employee pay scales are posted. [10]
  • Public information request services are provided.[11]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not provided.
  • Administrative officials do not have contact information provided.
  • Contract dates are not posted.
  • Criminal history process information is not provided

Open meetings

DISD Trustee Carla Ranger said that trustees of the Dallas Independent School District discussed candidates for interim superintendent in a closed session, which she left in protest. The board is searching for candidates to replace Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who's set to take the reins of the Cobb County School District in Georgia. [12]

Auditing and accounting

The accounting firm Deloitte and Touche reported in April 2008 that their audit of DISD demonstrated "an environment where policies and procedures in major departments are absent, ineffective or inconsistently applied". Auditor Reem Samra said, "The district has not developed an effective internal control environment."

The audit is not complete, but some school trustees said that they're glad the report doesn't indicate "theft or criminality".[13]

DISD officials said that delays in the long-awaited audit are the fault of a poorly implemented computer accounting system and inadequately trained employees.[14]

In November of 2008, DISD administrators warned school board members that they will likely be receiving another highly critical audit report, as they have failed to address the problems contained in the first one. [15]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Dallas Independent School District employee salaries

Superintendent salary

According to records received through Texas Education Agency, Dallas ISD has the third highest paid school superintendent in the state. Michael Hinojosa earned base pay of $332,832 in 2010/11.[16]

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa plans to move to Georgia to become superindent of Cobb County School District, where he will earn a base salary of $237,000 plus $28,000 in annual benefits, while dipping into his $200,000 annual Texas pension at the same time. [17]

Budget

Dallas Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[18]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $839,674,565 69.8% $121,349,829 10.1% $236,863,611 19.7% $2,203,700 0.2% $2,694,300 0.2% $1,202,786,005
Averages: $839,674,565 70% $121,349,829 10% $236,863,611 20% $2,203,700 0% $2,694,300 0% $1,202,786,005

Lobbying

Main article: Texas government sector lobbying

Dallas Independent School District has five lobbyists with the Texas Ethics Commission for 2009. [19]

The school district belongs to the Texas School Alliance and the Texas Association of School Administrators, both government sector lobbying associations.[20] [21] [22]

See also

External links

References