Cobb Board of Education Vice Chairman Randy Scamihorn said Hinojosa’s last day as superintendent was Wednesday, when he and Chris Ragsdale, the district’s new interim superintendent, swapped offices.
Sources familiar with the situation tell the MDJ Hinojosa has left Georgia for his Texas home.
Ragsdale was sworn into office by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harris Hines on Thursday after the school board appointed him to the position in a 7-0 vote on April 24.
Scamihorn said Hinojosa will be paid the same rate he received as superintendent through May 31, which was a monthly base salary of $19,338.54, a car allowance of $800 and a monthly phone allowance of $250.
Scamihorn said he’s fine with that expense as long as Hinojosa is available should Ragsdale need him as he organizes himself to lead the school district.
“I’m not concerned how much time Dr. Hinojosa spends in his office for the next month as long as he’s available in person, by phone or email for the new superintendent to be able to contact him,” Scamihorn said.
Hinojosa, whose contract wasn’t set to expire until Dec. 31, announced in February that he would resign May 31.
By leaving early, Hinojosa gave up $142,719.78 which he would have earned through Dec. 31, said Brad Johnson, the district’s finance director.
Hinojosa received an annual base salary of $237,000 with an additional $28,000 in benefits.
With the promotion from deputy superintendent to interim superintendent, Ragsdale’s pay has risen from $135,000 to $185,000.