T for Tennessee

One of the few bright spots in the Dallas Independent School District is heading elsewhere. Deputy superintendent Jim Scales is taking the top job in Hamilton County, Tennessee, a beleaguered school district--which is putting it mildly. According to that school board's chairman, Chip Baker, "Forget about being 136th in the state. We're at the bottom of the Union. That's our problem, folks." So, Dr. Scales, good luck with all that. Nonetheles, Hamilton County school board members say they want to have the contract finalized by April 20, giving Scales the $200,000-plus-bonuses gig less than a year after Scales was passed over for the top DISD job when Michael Hinojosa was named DISD superintendent. According to this story, Scales has quite the good rep around these parts, which is more than you can say for most of DISD. Adam Medrano, anyone? --Robert Wilonsky

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