Dallas ISD Board of Trustees discuss severance pay, Nutall investigation

Dallas ISD trustees met Monday night to discuss two recent high profile controversies. Tensions ran high when the newest trustee Joyce Foreman asked Board President Miguel Solis not to run the meeting because of his relationship with the superintendent.

One involves severance pay to two human resources officers, HR Head Carmen Darville and her Deputy Tony Munoz, who resigned in January after disparaging instant messages surfaced making fun of school board members and joking about getting rid of employees. The district paid Darville $190,000 a year and has agreed to $80,000 as part of a separation agreement.

However, trustees were unhappy to learn the timeline of the internal investigation that revealed these messages.

The trustees are expected to approve that separation agreement for Carmen Darville and her deputies.

The other controversy involved Trustee Bernadette Nutall after she showed up at a superintendent staff meeting at Dade Middle School last October. It shows Superintendent Mike Miles apparently calling DISD police. Nutall was later removed. District police said Nutall was criminally trespassing.

She filed a criminal complaint against Superintendent Miles with the DA's office for official oppression. The district then hired an outside attorney to look into what happened and found Nutall did nothing wrong.

The TEA ultimately declined to investigate the incident.

Monday night, trustees sat behind closed doors with their attorneys going over both issues.

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