By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

Two positions in the top echelons of the Killeen Independent School District's administration have been realigned after the district hired an assistant superintendent and began its search for a new deputy.

Diana Miller, Killeen ISD's chief academic officer, was hired to the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Tuesday, according to a news release from the district.

That same day, a job posting for the position of deputy superintendent, which will be vacated by Bobby Ott in June, appeared on the district's website.

"This position also includes many of the duties I currently have (as chief academic officer)," said Miller, who has been working in the district for 21 years. "I now hope to be able to work closer with our campus and teachers to improve educational opportunities for students."

Miller's position has not existed in the district since current superintendent Robert Muller was hired in 2009, said district spokesperson Leslie Gilmore. Gilmore confirmed the position of chief academic officer would not be filled once Miller assumes her duties as assistant superintendent.

Miller, who is a graduate of the Killeen district herself, will start her new job June 4. She was hired out of a pool of 27 applicants.

A job description for Miller's position shows 11 paragraphs with language and duties that were the same or similar to what was in the 2009 deputy

superintendent description. Some of those include providing oversight for campus leadership, curriculum and professional development, and overseeing the operations and activities of the district's prekindergarten through 12th-grade programs to ensure the schools are operating effectively and efficiently.

Job description summaries for the deputy superintendent position show that whoever succeeds Ott will have slightly different duties.

For example, the district's next deputy superintendent will provide leadership in the personnel services and business services departments, as well as at the new career center in addition to the student services, special education and facilities services departments. A 2009 job description for the same position does not list personnel, business and career center duties.

In addition, the new job description also lists language that calls for the deputy superintendent to oversee leadership in the development and implementation of a number of the district's special programs, including athletics, parent involvement, school safety and student hearings.

Also added is language that says the next deputy superintendent will oversee the process of employee investigations, including alleged misconduct by district employees, equal opportunity employment complaints and child abuse investigations.

The position will require a master's and doctorate degree, and has an annual salary range between $119,000 and $160,000. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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