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DISD Chief Of Staff Under Miles Resigns, Expecting Federal Indictment

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Another chief of staff for the Dallas school district superintendent has resigned. This latest chief says he anticipates being named in a federal indictment.

Jerome Oberlton becomes one in a string of high-level administrators to leave during the year-long tenure of Superintendent Mike Miles. In a statement Tuesday, Miles says he was “profoundly shocked” by the news, and was told yesterday by Oberlton that he's expecting to be indicted for work as chief information officer for Atlanta Public Schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas district in January.

That’s after he resigned from a controversial two-year stint in Baltimore’s school system as Chief Technology Officer. The Baltimore Sun reported on hundreds of thousands of dollars Oberlton spent on questionable purchases and office renovations in the cash-strapped district.

Last October, DISD’s Chief of Staff, Alan King, (formerly the district CFO) resigned.

Under Miles, other top resignations included:

Shirley Ison-Newsome, Assistant Superintendent, resigned October 2012, but said she was staying on to “retire” in August.

Jennifer Sprague, communications chief, resigned December,  2012.

Dora Sauceda, executive director over 12 schools in the Pinkston High School feeder pattern, resigned December,  2012.

Rene Barajas, CFO,  resigned April 13, 2013 to return to Garland ISD.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.