Dallas ISD announces several interim leadership changes

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Dallas ISD officials announced on Friday several interim leadership changes to ensure the district is positioned for continued significant progress.

The position of Deputy Superintendent, which had been held by Israel Cordero prior to his resignation on Sept. 20, will become the Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Brian Lusk, who has a long history of success in Dallas ISD and most recently served as Dallas ISD Deputy Chief of School Leadership, will serve as Acting Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Through this position, Lusk will supervise the Office of Transformation and Innovation and the Collegiate Academies. Lusk will report to the superintendent.

Meanwhile, Jolee Healy has been appointed to replace Lusk as Acting Deputy Chief of School Leadership. Healey also has a long history of success in Dallas ISD, most recently as the Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent who oversees the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Program. Healy in her new role will still oversee the ACE program and LEAD.

The other interim leadership changes are:

  • Healy will hire a new executive director to assist her with the ACE program;
  • Dr. Ivonne Durant, the Dallas ISD Chief Academic Officer, will now report directly to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and assume responsibility for Title I and the Career and Technical Education Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pam Lear will assume responsibility for the Dallas ISD Government Relations Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of Communications Toni Cordova will assume responsibility for the Volunteers and Partnership Services Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde will assume responsibility for the Districtwide Advisory Committee.
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