Hinojosa to stay on board until May
by Hannah Morgan
February 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 5152 views | 16 16 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Michael Hinojosa is all smiles after The Cobb Board of Education approved his resignation and he will be leaving his post May 31.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Dr. Michael Hinojosa is all smiles after The Cobb Board of Education approved his resignation and he will be leaving his post May 31.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
MARIETTA — After an almost four-hour-long closed-door meeting Wednesday, the Cobb Board of Education voted unanimously to accept Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s resignation effective May 31.

Hinojosa told the board at a meeting earlier this month he wanted to move home to Dallas, Texas, to be with family, and couldn’t wait to serve out the remainder of his contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2014.

The board obliged Hinojosa’s wishes to leave his post seven months early, on May 31, because it was the date he requested to leave.

“That was the date he asked for and that was the date we considered,” board member Randy Scamihorn said.

Board member Scott Sweeney suggested the board vote to accept Hinojosa’s resignation, and the board voted 6-0 to accept it. Board member Tim Stultz was absent, as he left after the closed-door meeting to return to his day job.

“We need somebody in the decision-making role until the interim or the next superintendent comes in. Somebody has to sign the paychecks,” Scamihorn said.

Hinojosa said he accepted a job with a Chicago-based education consulting firm last week, which will allow him to work from home in Dallas after he leaves Cobb.

Hinojosa came to Cobb in June 2009 after serving as superintendent for the Dallas Independent School District.

Moving forward, the board is not yet certain what steps they will be taking in securing a new leader for Cobb’s school system.

Discussions began Wednesday as to what direction the board wanted to take in finding a

replacement. Topics included where the board would look to find an interim, who the interim would be and where the next superintendent might come from, said Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci.

Details of these discussions could not be revealed to the public, board members said, because they had yet to decide anything.

“We haven’t coalesced all of that yet,” Scamihorn said.

It is expected the board will at some point name an interim superintendent, who will be ready to hit the ground running as soon as Hinojosa steps aside, Scamihorn said, although it was not certain how long the search process for a new superintendent would last.

Scamihorn said he had received multiple e-mails and phone calls from parents and community leaders with suggestions as to who they believe should fill Hinojosa’s seat, but Scamihorn would not name any names.

The priority of the board was to find someone to run the school district as soon as possible, board members said.

“Someone to keep the ship moving while we are looking for a permanent superintendent,” Scamihorn said.

Mum on allegations against central staff

Most board members declined to comment Wednesday on recent allegations against central office staff members, citing legal issues.

The MDJ reported Feb. 5 the former top criminal investigator for the school system, Mary Finlayson, had written a letter to Hinojosa last August listing a host of alleged abuses including racial hiring practices and the use of a teacher’s time to help administrators work on their doctoral dissertations.

“We don’t comment on personnel issues,” Scamihorn said.

Angelucci said the board had discussed the allegations and was still in the process of requesting relevant documentation from central office staff and investigating the claims.

“We are doing our due diligence,” she said.

Scamihorn said the board was looking into the “issues,” and felt Hinojosa should be doing the same thing.

“Those kind of issues fall under the superintendent’s purview and responsibilities. Unless he reports otherwise, I assume all issues are being addressed and resolved,” Scamihorn said.

When asked about his investigation, Hinojosa did not comment.

“I don’t comment on any personnel matters,” Hinojosa said.

David Banks confirmed the board had discussed the allegations but dismissed them as not substantive.

“It was discussed. From my perspective, there’s nothing to it,” Banks said.

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Long Time Observer
February 23, 2014
No doubt there are several well qualified candidates on the local scene, but they are not currently on Henojosa's cabinet. The scum has risen to the top at the CCSD. This has been happening for a long time now. The board and administration are afraid to do anything that might offend the Chamber of Commerce or Cobb GOP. They will most likely hire who they are told to hire. It will not be an effective leader. That's not what they want.

The lack of outrage over a teacher being taken out of the classroom, for the purposes stated, should not be a surprise. Teachers are and have been used to fill administrative positions for years. This is done on at least a part time basis in every school in the county. Just look at the class sizes across the county and compare it to the official student teacher ratio. Hmmmmm ......

Other CCSD departments do the same thing all of the time. Bus drivers man the offices in the transportation department as recruiters, office assistants, and sometimes even painters. Many of these drivers rarely drive a bus and some of these teachers are rarely in the classroom. It is all a shell game to the CCSD and it's been going on for years. When administrative positions are cut the same people keep doing the same jobs. They are just reclassified and there are fewer people on the front lines to do the things that they are supposed to be there to do.

This is not the first time that an administrator has received unethical assistance in obtaining a higher degree in the CCSD. For proof just look at the people running our schools. Check things out. Ask a few questions. HR always looks the other way if it is someone they like or someone doing their bidding.

Wake up Cobb County. These people are spending more of your money that anyone else and most of you don't even know who they are.

Listen UP
February 21, 2014
OK, CCSD School Board.... your constituents cannot afford another hairbrained hire for a Supt. Fire Dr. Hojo's entire cabinet and CLEAN HOUSE. The corruption in our district is absolutely RIDICULOUS. The Board needs to take ownership of this situation and settle it NOW. I am deeply disappointed that you're allowing this man to stay on until May. "Someone has to sign the checks..." ????? We only have ONE person allowed to sign checks at Glover Street??? I find that VERY HARD TO BELIEVE. Step up, School Board... Make a smart and swift decision. You continue to drag your feet when it comes to making the tough decisions. How come we don't know how we are going to rectify the snow days? Just about every other affected county has published their plan.... what's the matter with you???
Concerned tax payer
February 20, 2014
It is very disappointing the board did not send him on his way before May. There are too many qualified educators within the district that believe in Cobb and are dedicated to serving the students of Cobb County and are qualified for the position. Choose a home grown Cobb educator who has worked their way up the ranks serving in all levels...teacher, admin., principal, district leader.
Banks ridiculous
February 20, 2014
Okay, so Huff takes a teacher out of the classroom to complete Huff's graduate work, the county pays for an illegal sub, and she gets off? Yet, another teacher, in the same school, who did the same thing is being sanctioned by the PSC. I detect good ole boy system at its best. I am sure Hinojosa is deep in on this one. This is the boards time to show us they have changed and are serious! Get rid of Huff and the whole cabinet under Hinojosa.
Comes down to
February 20, 2014
It comes down to why did they hire him in the first place to tread water and spend money for nearly 3 years. He tried to take care of his administrative cronies but the ground troops have been left hanging for going on a decade now. Do we trust the designers of this disaster to hire our next super? Hopefully, they want go back to the "good ole boy' network for an interim or a new super. Cobb is fast developing a rep as a place where quality educators don't won't to be.
February 20, 2014
With the smile that the WALRUS has and how he fills the suit coat.

I bet he has had to many of automates from Cobb


David Mule Man could find the board a good sup.
spencer t.
February 20, 2014
Cobb Schools would do well to approach Dr. Emily Lembeck about the new Superintendant opening. How ever being the vastly superior individual and ed-ucator that she is, becoming head of and ongoing insane asylum may not be her cup of tea.
Inside scoop
February 20, 2014
Well, he should be all smiles, he did very little for a lot of money..if his heart is in Texas he should have stayed there! I heard he problems at his last place of employment!! Anyone else hear that!? I also heard his wife never moved here!@
February 20, 2014
Realizing being Superintendant of Cobb County Schools is tanamount to stepping into a nest of rattle snakes, I wish the Board good luck in fin-ding a replacement for Dr. Hinojosa!
there ya go
February 20, 2014
That comment from Banks at the end of the article says it all. This is why there is corruption and good ole boy cronyism throughout the district. It starts with the super and runs downhill. Banks should have a term limit. He is part of the problem.
Hinny Happy
February 20, 2014
Well, no wonder the super is all smiles. He gets paid, probably for doing very little while the Board talks, talks, talks. Just hope they talk about getting someone closer to home, someone with an established reputation who can bring stability to this school system.
Cannot believe it
February 21, 2014
They need to pack him up and get him out of there. He does not need to be making any more decisions for the the county and his cabinet members do not need their contracts extended.
February 20, 2014
Next Sup? Barney the Purple Dinosaur
Cobb Taxpayer
February 20, 2014
You can't rehire a person that just resigned.
February 20, 2014
Keep your eyes on Randy Scamihorn. He has rolled over. After 1 year as Chair it went to his head and he now sees himself as the Great Communicator. He is now a mouthpiece for Clem Doyle. Six degrees of separation between Scamihorn and Sweeney!
same campaign guy
February 20, 2014
Of course. Randy and Scott shared the same campaign manager. Who is the puppet master?
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