Cobb County finally has a school board chairman who knows what his job is and does it. Chairman Randy Scamihorn is doing an excellent job of letting Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa and the Glover Street gang know that they work for the School Board and the voters of Cobb County. It is not the other way around, even though we have had several boards with gutless chairpersons who thought differently.
I know that the people in Post Six worked very hard to get board member Scott Sweeney elected back in 2010, based on solemn promises that he was a reformer and would get the School District back on track. They were sick and tired of the Rev. Dr. John Crooks, who was the superintendent’s lap dog and lackey. The fact of the matter is that Sweeney, like Crooks before him, could not wait to roll over and play dead for then-Superintendent Fred Sanderson and the Chamber of Commerce bunch.
According to MDJ’s “Around Town” on June 29, Dr. Hinojosa said that Scott Sweeney was the best chairman he ever worked with. Sweeney should remember those words. They are the epitaph on the tombstone of his political career.
If that is not enough to bury him, his (alleged) crybaby threats to call the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools dogs on Randy Scamihorn will be. Is he really that selfish that he would try to throw the school district “under the bus” just to get his way?
The folks at SACS may think that Hinojosa is supposed to run the show, but that is in direct conflict with state law.
So, tell me, what is Scott going to report? Maybe the message will go something like this. “You better come here quick and investigate this guy Scamihorn. He is doing what he is supposed to and Hinojosa and I don’t like it.”
If he makes good on that threat, I can personally guarantee him more trouble than he can handle. There is a whole bunch of Cobb County attorneys, along with State School Superintendent John Barge and Attorney General Sam Olens, all ready willing and able to straighten out his thinking along with that of Hinojosa and, if necessary, that of the folks at SACS too.
The law is written so that the school board runs the show. The superintendent works for the school board. The board serves at the pleasure of the voters.
The best thing Sweeney can do is lay low and try to stay out of the limelight until it is time for him to make an unsuccessful run for re-election. He is definitely going to find out that the voters in Post 6 do not like to be deceived and double-crossed.