The board is expected to vote today on whether or not to allow Hinojosa, who came to Cobb in June 2011, to opt out of his contract almost a year early.
Hinojosa announced to the board at a Feb. 3 meeting he intends to accept a job as a senior vice president of a Chicago-based national education consulting firm and work from Dallas, Texas, where his family lives.
The superintendent gave the board a letter of resignation, which said Hinojosa intends to stay on as the head of the state’s second-largest school system until May 31. His contract isn’t up until Dec. 31, 2014.
The board was surprised by Hinojosa’s sudden resignation, and called a special, closed-door Saturday meeting on Feb. 8 to discuss their options for naming a successor.
Board members were tight-lipped as to what direction they planned to take in selecting a superintendent Tuesday. Many said they had not had the chance to discuss what they intended to do since the Saturday meeting.
In a closed-door session at today’s work session, the board is expected to discuss whether or not they will accept Hinojosa’s resignation.
Discussions as to whether or not the board will name an interim superintendent, or whether or not the search will be from within the school district or nationwide have yet to be held, but are expected to begin today, said Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci.
“We have to decide how we are going to replace him,” said board member David Banks.
Angelucci said it was important to give each board member time to decide how they wanted to move forward, and she could not predict what her fellow board members were thinking on Tuesday.
“It is up to the board,” Angelucci said.
Banks said the board could accept Hinojosa’s resignation starting May 31, or earlier. That will be the first discussion. Then, the board will discuss where to find a new superintendent, and what to do in between Hinojosa’s departure and the start date for his successor.
“It depends on what transpires. We could do an interim, or do a search,” Banks said.
The board had not chosen which direction they wanted to take, Banks said, although he said if the board were to hire an interim superintendent, he would prefer the interim to serve for one year before a new superintendent was found.
“I am more comfortable with interim superintendent staying for one full school year,” Banks said.
He did not expect the board would name an interim today.