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DISD to hire investigator for contract scandal

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The Dallas Independent School Board agreed Monday night to move forward with an independent investigation into a contract issue involving Superintendent Mike Miles.

Board members voted to spend $100,000 to hire former U.S. attorney Paul Coggins, who's done work for the district in the past.

This time they want him to get to the bottom of several allegations against Superintendent Mikes, including manipulating a district contract and even bullying.

The board also discussed in a closed session allegations brought by former Miles Director of Communications Rebecca Rodriguez.

Much of what's known about the controversy comes from a report of investigation, put together by the district's Office of Professional Responsibility, and posted online by Trustee Carla Ranger.

The investigation was initiated in the weeks following a June 13 board meeting.

Rodriguez says Miles tried to change a contract proposal for an outside vendor to benefit another agency, which violates the district's competitive bidding policy.

She also alleges Miles bullied her.

The report quotes her as saying, "He said I had already damaged my reputation and my integrity among my colleagues by not protecting him in front of the board. He said that was my first responsibility, to protect him at my own expense."

Miles denies any wrongdoing. In a statement Sunday he said in part, "The committee makes a recommendation...my responsibility...is to assure that we hire the vendor or vendors who will serve our children best and who can present the best business deal for the taxpayers."

The 41 page report also details Miles' alleged efforts to try and obstruct the investigation, by halting it and restarting it.

Coggins has 30 days to complete his investigation.

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