Hinojosa’s not sharing evaluation
by Hannah Morgan
November 14, 2013 01:03 AM | 3242 views | 15 15 comments | 9 9 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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MARIETTA — Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Cobb’s 108,000-student public school system, said his annual evaluation by the school board will not be shared with the public.

The board approved a new method for evaluating the superintendent last year, which includes grading him on five indicators; academic achievement, school performance, fiscal management, board/superintendent relations and stakeholder satisfaction, said Amy Krause, the chief academic officer for the district.

The board is holding Hinojosa responsible for student success, Krause said, with only 15 percent of the evaluations based on “opinions” of how well he works with the board.

What the board thinks of Hinojosa should stay between the board members and himself because “I work for the board, I don’t work for the public,” Hinojosa said Wednesday.

The district is now compiling all of the data that will be used in the evaluation, including test scores and graduation rates, and the board is on track to complete its first evaluation of Hinojosa by spring 2014.

One part of the evaluation, board/superintendent relations counts for 15 percent of Hinojosa’s total evaluation, but can be kept private, as Hinojosa has made it clear he intends to do.

Each board member separately writes up an evaluation of how the superintendent is doing, and those reports are compiled into one score, which the board determines how to calculate, said Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn.

“The confidential portion I would prefer to keep confidential,” as the board’s evaluation of Hinojosa, which occurs during a closed executive session, “is designed,” to be private, Hinojosa said.

Scamihorn thinks the new system provides enough transparency for the taxpayers, who ultimately pay Hinojosa’s salary, he said.

By holding 85 percent of Hinojosa’s evaluation to student success in the classroom, parents and residents will be able to get a solid understanding of exactly how the superintendent is performing, Scamihorn said.

As to the confidential part of the evaluation, Scamihorn said, “Everybody’s entitled to some privacy and discretion in regards to their performance.”

The board is in the process of writing up each member’s private evaluation, Scamihorn said, and they are due by the end of the year.

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anonymous
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November 15, 2013
Please do not offer him another contract. Thank you.
Na Na Na Na
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November 14, 2013
Adios, Dr. Hinojosa, and please take Krause and Shanahan with you! The Board needs to take a big broom to Glover St., because it's a mess.
Actually, he's right
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November 14, 2013
Dr. Hinojosa's comment that he works for the board and not the public is correct - it's the board that "works" for us, not the superintendent. Under the Georgia Constitution, the "control and management" of county schools is entrusted to county boards of education. We elect representatives to those boards to act on our behalf and - hopefully - in our collective best interest. The superintendent is essentially the chief executive officer of the district who the board hires to oversee daily operation of the district and to make recommendations to them based on his professional preparation and expertise.

When the board members communicate to the superintendent through their evaluations, informing him of their opinions of the job he is doing on their behalf, we ARE at the table - we're there through our duly-elected representatives.

So let that 15% of the superintendent's evaluation remain between him and our duly-elected representatives. If they're happy with him (and he with them), then perhaps he'll remain in his position.

We, The People, have precisely the same dynamic with them.
anonymous
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November 15, 2013
The parents and public are his customers and he works for them. If do not think that is right, then that is a problem
OCGA 20-2-210
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November 14, 2013
Before ya'll get your bees in a bonnet, you'd best check out the law...

(a) All personnel employed by local units of administration, including school superintendents, shall have their performance evaluated annually by appropriately trained evaluators. All such performance evaluation records shall be part of the personnel evaluation file and shall be CONFIDENTIAL. In the case of local school superintendents, such evaluations shall be performed by the local board of education.
Little Women
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November 14, 2013
... Blogging during office hours! How quaint.
Hinojosa defender
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November 14, 2013
That doesn't mean Hinojosa can't share it if he wants to. What does he have to hide?
Optional
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November 14, 2013
But, the code section certainly allows for a Supt. to voluntarily share his eval with the public. He is not required to do so but certainly may.
Rebelish
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November 14, 2013
One out of five is 20%. No math majors here, huh? Or no teachers?

Lame

Rebelish.
Not Surprised
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November 14, 2013
“I work for the board, I don’t work for the public."

Well that explains everything...
Misleading
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November 14, 2013
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that 85 percent of the evaluation is open to the public, but 15 percent is not?
Byebyemikey
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November 14, 2013
You don't work for the public?? Obviously he needs to go if he thinks that is an accurate statement.
Just Wait
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November 14, 2013
What is it with this school board that make everyone associated with become contemptible?
Full Disclosure
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November 14, 2013
Hinojosa does not want the public to know he has earned all 3's on his past 2 evaluations on a score of 1 to 5 and the previous 2 years on a scale of 1-10 the same mediocre scores on both of those evaluations. It is time for him to GO & take KRAUSE and all of his little women with him.
Cobb Resident
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November 14, 2013
What the board thinks of Hinojosa should stay between the board members and himself because “I work for the board, I don’t work for the public,” Hinojosa said Wednesday.

I have a feeling that statement is going to be heard, and read, often around here.
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