Cobb school board votes to extend Hinojosa's contract
by Lindsay Field
March 01, 2013 12:00 AM | 4900 views | 23 23 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb Super Dr. Michael Hinojosa. MDJ Staff Photo
Cobb Super Dr. Michael Hinojosa. MDJ Staff Photo
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The Cobb County School Board approved an 18-month extension of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s contract during its meeting on Thursday.

The superintendent’s current contract with the Cobb County School District was set to expire June 30, but the board voted 5-2, with Kathleen Angelucci and David Banks opposing, to extend it by 18 months, or until Dec. 31, 2014.

“I’m excited,” Hinojosa said after the vote. “It’s certainly a great job, and I enjoy my job here and I enjoy working with all the people here, so I’m looking forward to another year and a half.”

The details of his contract will remain the same. He will continue to receive his base pay of $237,000, in addition to retirement benefits and moving, car and cellphone allowances, which brings his total annual salary to around $277,000.

Prior to approval of the recommended extension, Angelucci made a motion that the board suspend the vote until after the stakeholder surveys – done by parents, students, staff and Cobb County taxpayers – are completed and reviewed.

Her motion failed 5-2, with only support from Banks.

“I am disappointed,” Angelucci said about the lack of support from other board members on her motion. “I think it’s important that we show the stakeholders that we are supportive of their input. That’s the whole reason of having that survey.

“I also think it’s important for us to set dates that are connected to our goals. It’s important for there to be some sort of end, or stop date, that talks about, ‘Okay, this is where we started and this is where are since our only employee started to work for the district.’”

After the meeting, Banks said he opposes the contract extension because in the past, the superintendent’s direction and budget involved the district’s preserving the reserves rather than retaining employees.

“I anticipate him to head in the same direction again this year, and I oppose that,” he said.

The district is looking at a possible $80 million deficit in FY2014.

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, the board approved $8.5 million in contracts.

They approved renovations projects at Argyle Elementary, $740,000; Baker Elementary, $3.04 million; Harmony Leland Elementary, $443,800; and Nicholson Elementary, $504,965.

They also elected to purchase nine 2013 Ford Escapes for $200,331; security measure installations district-wide, $900,000; a grading system, $514,000; fiber installation, value to be determined; alternative educational services, $2.8 million; and occupational therapy services, $220,000.
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Cobb Taxpayer
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March 01, 2013
The school board owes the taxpayers an explanation as to why they spent $13,000 on a survey and did not wait for the results. Not that the results would have matter, they would do what they wanted to do.

How is it that Hinojosa is driving around with Texas license plates. If this is true, why is he above the law?

VOTE NO FOR ESPLOST.
DejaVu Deja Vu
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March 05, 2013
Cobb Taxpayer makes an excellent point. Georgia law stipulates that you have 30 days to register your car. If he hasn't gotten a GA Driver's License and still has Texas plates, he might still be living in temporary housing that the taxpayers pay for. Doesn't this come out of the general budget? How many teacher's jobs could that money fund? Hinojosa is taking from the children and the board just allowed him to do it.

The tax assessors office needs to look into this, and the MDJ should pursue this with the same veracity as they did with Bill Borden a few years ago.
Thanks but no thanks
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March 01, 2013
You wasted $15,000 on a survey that you didn't bother to include in your decision. You think people will vote yes on SPLOST? Obviously, people will not vote yes because you continuously waste money and don't give a rip what the public thinks. Who cares, right? You are destroying this school system and will never have trust from the public. Any superintendent, who is well aware that you are going to be $80 million in the hole, would not give the employees a day pay. Now what genius?
anonymous
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March 04, 2013
I'm with you "Thanks but no thanks" and hope we are correct on March 19. This E-SPLOST is bad all the way around. Problem is, the CCSD is a powerful entity with the scruples of a serial killer. They have the means to reach and communicate to voters, and the integrity to stoop to levels lower than the normal person comprehends. Look to them to continue so doing as the vote draws near.

CCSD must be afraid that SPLOST IV will not pass, or they would see no reason to take the actions they are taking, which include a variety of violations.
Craig Kootsillas
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March 01, 2013
Perhaps you can ask Chairman Scamihorn how we were "getting our money's worth" with the 17 minute delay?
Out of the Loop
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March 01, 2013
What is the 17 minute delay?
Knowledgeable Rider
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March 01, 2013
The term "stakeholder" is so trite. What does one mean? Taxpayer? Or those who have children in the schools? Or illegal alien attendees and their parents? The term "stakeholder" should be replaced by taxpayer. That's who is paying for the schools.
ECP
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March 01, 2013
It's really not that hard. A stakeholder is someone who has a connection, or stake, to a school. There is nothing trite about it. Stakeholder does not simply mean taxpayer. Students are stakeholders. Do you have a stake in anything? If so, you are s stakeholder in that entity. It's really not a hard concept.
mary kirkendoll
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March 01, 2013
I am flying my American flag upside down.

This just adds to my list or reasons for doing so.

I urge taxpayers to consider doing the same. Our country is in dire distress!!

The board of commissioners voted themselves ability to ignore laws and look the other way when awarding million dollar contracts to greedy contractors that use cheap, illegal labor on jobsites. It's all about the money!! Forget about honesty anymore!

Then we see Mr. Hinojosa's bloated paycheck and the the board's scratch my back mentality.

You can slice Cobb County in right down the center.

Wealth to the east, poverty to the west.

Cobb County AND America, is being run by a criminal enterprise.

They are taking OUR money, to live THEIR lifestyle!!

Wake up sheeple!!
Narvon Mensch
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March 01, 2013
So, I take it that you, like MK, are both against the SPLOST? But like Superman and Clark Kent you two have probably never been seen in the same room together.
be warned
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March 01, 2013
Some people think that copnstantly putting down the Superintendent will help end the era of public schools. They think we don't need them, or can run them at little or no cost. Many of them post here.
casual observer
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March 01, 2013
MK - criminal enterprise? Cobb County? I think you forgot your morning meds.
Here we go again
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March 01, 2013
Of course, sweeney wouldn't want him to go, because that would interfere with passing splost (his number one goal). It is a shame that they spend upwards of $13,000 on a survey, for what???? To spend taxpayer dollars of course. Kathy A. has the right call on this one, we are paying this superintendant to take us down the road to disaster. This board got it all wrong last night.
cheese and crackers
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March 01, 2013
Why does he need moving benefits again? Are they paying for him to move back to Texas too?
@ cheese & crackers
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March 01, 2013
If it is an extension, it's likely that the length of term was the only modification.

For example, a moving allowance already expended would not likely be increased through an extension.
mk-poor cobb
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March 01, 2013
Cobb County school district obviously has money to burn,... so vote NO on the unnecessary, wasteful ESPLOST!

They are living large off the teet of the poor taxpayers!

Hinojosa's paycheck is a disgrace. What in Gods name has he done for Cobb County?

Wish MDJ would do a little side story on his 'lifestyle', shopping habits, vacations and trips back to Dallas, while 1/2 of Cobb County is in extreme poverty.
anonymous
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March 01, 2013
Extreme poverty? If you didn't go to drama school, you sure missed your calling. "Dire distress." "Criminal enterprise." "Extreme poverty." "American flag upside down." You and I live in different worlds. My world isn't doom and gloom.
anonymous
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March 01, 2013
Banks "spend it all mentality" is dangerous.

He faults the Superintendent for following the board's policy of maintaining at least one month reserves.
ECP
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March 01, 2013
Ms. Angelucci, I appreciate that you thought of the stakeholders. This is something that has not been done in the past, except by Mr. Banks. Unfortunately, the past Boards, as well as most on the current Board, feel only that their voice matters. We saw this a few times in the past few years. Sadly, the new members will end up being like past members. Mr. Banks, thank you once again for showing that you care abut the teachers, unlike other Board members (including those that had been teachers).
anonymous
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March 01, 2013
Angelucci wants to pick and choose which survey she's willing to use...

Calendar - No

Superintendent - Yes
ECP
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March 01, 2013
It would be nice if anonymous could speak to the issue instead of going after the individual. Angelucci was attacked for [your] perception of not voting according to an unscientific survey on Survey Monkey containing no controls and open to anybody who wanted to vote as many times as they wanted to vote. Now, the district spends tax dollars for more scientific polling mechanism, and you still attack her. You Legacy Park loons are mean-spirited. Even when you get what you want you still have to go on the attack. Sad, really.
necobbmom
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March 01, 2013
Mr. Banks doesn't care about the teachers, he only cares about his own agenda. If he cared about the teachers, he would have been endorsed by them in the primary. The teachers should be very worried that he is wanting to draw down the reserves... He is a wolf in sheeps clothing and seems to have "animosity" with anyone who doesn't agree with him. You must be a crazy calendar person to agree with Banks, those are the only ones who supported him, and also those who knew nothing about him and just voted for the incumbent on the ballot.
What to do
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March 01, 2013
@anonymous

I agree with ECP's reply.

"Angelucci wants to pick and choose.."

That's what representatives in a representative government are supposed to do.

I wish the Legacy Loons and Friends (tm) would stick to booking travel arrangements to Disney.
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