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Posted Monday, Jul. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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It was a good job while it lasted?

Rebecca Rodriguez, the former city of Arlington spokeswoman who left that job for a high-paying job at the Dallas school district, has reportedly resigned.

Rodriguez, who was going to be paid about $155,000 for the job, had only worked at the Dallas district since March. She became the third member of Superintendent Mike Miles’ team to leave in a five-day period.

So far, Rodriguez is not talking about why she left the district. No one at the district is saying why Rodriguez resigned.

The chief of communications position will remain vacant for the time being, the district announced.

Rodriguez replaced Jennifer Sprauge, who came to the district with Miles from Colorado and she earned even more money — $180,000 a year. A confidante of Miles’, she resigned in December.

Ride the MAX

While the new limited bus service won’t start until Aug. 19, a website for the Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, is already up and running.

The website,, includes ticket information, maps and other details for planning a trip throughout the Metroplex. Easy-to-read timetables are coming soon.

MAX will connect downtown Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington and the TRE CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, where riders can catch the T, TRE or Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to other destinations in the area.

A single day, round-trip pass costs $5.

Other ticket options can found on the new website.

A good deal

Arlington School Board Trustee Tony Pompa, a successful businessman in his own right, has a deal for you: It costs the Arlington district about $5.74 per hour to educate one student, according to his caculations.

Less than a Starbucks maybe, but you'd have to drink one every hour of the schoolday.

Here's how he arrived at that cost, double-checked by the district's CFO:

Take the 2013-14 projected budget of $467,947,038, divide it by 65,744 (the number of students), divide that by the number of instructional days (177) and the hours per day (7). Answer: $5.74

A pleasant job

Before launching into a marathon report last week on the findings of an independent curriculum audit commissioned by the Arlington school district, chief auditor Kevin Singer praised the cooperation of the staff, trustees and superintendent.

It was a pleasant job, he said, since most of his work is ordered by the state, not the district.

“There have been times when I have not had a good working relationship with a superintendent because he is in jail,” Singer said.

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