Super’s cabinet renewal request shelved
by Hannah Morgan
January 17, 2014 12:23 AM | 3603 views | 5 5 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Michael Hinojosa (MDJStaff/Laura Moon)
Dr. Michael Hinojosa (MDJStaff/Laura Moon)
MARIETTA — Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa on Wednesday gave the school board a list of the 14 members of his executive cabinet he wants to rehire, even though teachers won’t know their future for several months.

The annual contracts for central office employees and teachers don’t expire until June 30.

Board members thought January was a bit early to be considering renewing contracts of central office staff when teachers wouldn’t know if they would be rehired until late spring.

Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci said the board would take its time considering Hinojosa’s proposal.

“We were concerned contracts were being considered before teacher contracts are decided on,” Angelucci said.

Board member David Banks also wondered about the early renewal.

“There was some question why we are doing it this month instead of more toward when teacher contracts are done in March and April,” Banks said.

Cobb County employs more than 6,000 teachers who will be alerted in April and early May if they will be hired for another year, said Connie Jackson, president of the Cobb County Association of Educators.

“Teachers won’t know until late spring, and I think all contracts should be up for re-evaluation and renewal at the same time,” Jackson said. “The reality is they should be treated just like teachers are treated, and no teacher knows if their job is secure.”

Favoring administrators over teachers

John Adams, president of Teacher’s First, a teacher advocacy group, balked at Hinojosa trying to rehire central office staff months before teachers.

“It’s not fair,” Adams said. “They need to be treated like every other employee in the district. It sends a bad message to your rank-and-file employees” who won’t know about their contracts until May, he said.

David Chastain of Acworth, a longtime school district critic, said it was a classic example of the superintendent favoring the central office over anyone else.

“It sounds like Cobb County Schools again shows that the district revolves around the central office and not around students, and what’s best for them,” Chastain said.

Chastain said he hoped the board would consider the performances of the cabinet members during the next six months before hiring them to work another year.

“Teachers find out in June whether or not they can plan for a summer vacation, or if have to look for a job. The advantages are placed on the central office and the cabinet, opposed to teachers,” he said.

District spokesman Jay Dillon said language in the cabinet members’ contracts says Hinojosa will tell the board who he intends to rehire by Jan. 31 although it’s not a board policy and is up to the board’s discretion.

Angelucci said the wording says the board is not obligated to act, but simply encouraged to vote to renew contracts by the end of March.

Not the only way to do things

Angelucci remembers a different way of renewing the contracts of cabinet members.

Under former Superintendent Fred Sanderson, who retired in 2011, cabinet contracts were brought to the board for renewal in March, and voted on in May, she said.

The formality of considering renewals in January was something Hinojosa began, she said.

“I understand the reasoning, the superintendent needs to know who he is going to be able to count on to do the work of the superintendent, I get that, but all the contracts are up at the same time,” Angelucci said.

There are 14 members of Hinojosa’s cabinet, which include five area superintendents, two deputy superintendents, and financial and human resources officers.

Dillon said Hinojosa did not recommend any promotions or raises for the cabinet members, just the renewal of their contracts.

Hinojosa receives a salary of $247,625, Deputy Superintendent Cheryl Hungerford receives $139,875, Deputy Superintendent Chris Ragsdale receives $139,875, Chief Academic Officer Amy Krause receives $127,470, Chief of Staff Angela Huff receives $129,958 and Dillon receives $87,715.32, according to

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Cobb School Advocate
January 17, 2014
The Board has prevented another blunder by the Glover Street Blunders - thank goodness !

Seems like reading and understanding contracts and Board Policy is a challenge on Glover Street.

The Cabinet should have yearly bonus incentives on top of a base salary of about $75,000 as should the superintendent. Incentive Pay and accountabiity should begin in the Cental Office !

What's this guaranteed contract renewal, should be terminations and incentive contracts offered to the entire Glover Streeters with agreed to performance objectives tied to yearly bonuses.
Michelle Sollicito
January 17, 2014
This action by Hinojosa was ill-considered and sends a bad message out there suggesting that his immediate reports are more important than the teachers. Very insensitive, esp given we really do not know our financials for the upcoming financial year yet. Governor Deal may have promised $500m extra to Education but we do not know how much of that will go to Cobb yet. Also, we only have interim figures on how well CCSD did in 2003-2004 Fiscal year so far and although they suggest we spent less than expected, who knows what happens up til May.
Just Wait
January 17, 2014
And you wonder why the school board is $79 million in the whole!
Jane W.
January 17, 2014
Isn't it ironic, then, that Connie Jackson's parent union endorsed and funded Barack Obama's last election almost a year before a Republican challenger WAS EVEN SELECTED.

How did she feel about THAT, given that each CCAE member pays $168 in extra yearly dues to belong to that very same National Education Association?

(The NEA, by the way, has endorsed and funded only Democrats for president or Georgia governor -- never any Republicans or independents.)
Michelle Sollicito
January 17, 2014
Most Republicans want the end of Unions - it really would not make sense for a Union to support the campaign of a candidate that wants the Union shut down would it?

That would be like a Baptist Church financially supporting the campaign of an Atheist candidate or something?

Even Obama has not helped the Unions much because of pressure to be more Centrist..

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