Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles: Athletic coaches must work full eight ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles said Tuesday that he has informed high school principals that coaches who have job duties in addition to athletics must work a full day.

Miles said he became concerned when he learned recently that some coaches who also work as teachers or classroom assistants weren’t working a full day.

The coaches, who receive stipends for coaching athletics, spent time during the day on planning or teaching physical education when DISD hired them for other assignments.

“If you are a special-ed assistant or a teacher assistant, that job requires eight hours a day,” Miles said. “We want to make sure that those employees work a full day, that they fulfill their obligations.”

Miles said high school principals received a memo Friday about the new requirements, and they must comply immediately.

Dallas ISD began looking into concerns about coaches during a district investigation into whether Kimball High School got a star Irving basketball player to transfer in the middle of the 2011-12 school year to help Kimball’s team.

The district’s Office of Professional Responsibility launched the investigation after WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported in May that the player, Keith Frazier, might not have been eligible to play for Kimball.

Miles said the district’s investigation, which is ongoing, prompted him to request a review of how coaches are hired and paid, and what work they do during the day. The findings showed that some principals haven’t required every coach to work full days.

Some DISD coaches are hired only to coach, though.

“Any job that you are hired by the district and get paid by the district, which means the taxpayers, you have to do that job,” Miles said. “I don’t want to oversimplify it, but that’s it.”

Miles said he didn’t know how many coaches weren’t working the entire day, and he said coaches weren’t slacking off all day waiting for athletics to begin.

Instead, he said, they might work a few school periods a day but not every one. “They were all doing their job more or less, but my standard is 100 percent.”

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