Cobb School Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa, introduced a revolutionary plan for recruiting and hiring principals for our schools. Well, it was revolutionary for CCSD anyway. His plan, basically, calls for, of all things, finding the RIGHT PERSON for the job.
The idea is quite simple, which is probably why the academic elitists at CCSD never stumbled upon it before now. It involves selecting a group of interested parents, teachers, staff members and, in some cases, students and empowering them to seek out and interview appropriate applicants. While the group would only make recommendations, with Dr. Hinojosa making the final decision, he assured us that most of the time he hired the recommended applicant.
Dr. Hinojosa’s approach, when fully implemented, should provide our schools with principals who are acceptable to the parents, the teachers, the staff and the students. Moreover, one of the main aims is to find the principal whose personality fits the school. For example Pebblebrook High School boasts a better-than-average performing arts image. It would be unthinkable to put a principal with a blasé’, or negative, attitude about dramatics and the performing arts into Pebblebrook High School..
Seek out and hire the RIGHT PERSON for the school. What a refreshing change from the Former Superintendent, Fred Sanderson’s plan. “Find an unemployed football crony and give him a job.”
Hats off to Dr. Hinojosa!