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School Board Hires Hinojosa

The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-0 to make Michael Hinojosa the next superintendent.

The Cobb County Board of Education plans to vote on whether to hire as the school superintendent, effective July 1, during a special called meeting this afternoon at 3. The board , now the head of the Dallas Independent School District, as its to replace retiring Superintendent Fred Sanderson at the board meeting May 19. During a mandatory 14-day waiting period, Hinojosa held three public meet-and-greet sessions.

4:10 p.m. Here's what Hinojosa has to say about becoming the Cobb school system's 24th superintendent, according to the press release from the Cobb schools: "I am truly honored that the school board has selected me to lead this outstanding school district. Cobb schools have an exceptional reputation, and I am thrilled to now be a part of that success. Cobb schools already do so many things very well, so my plan is to first do a lot of listening–to staff and to parents–and I will use that information to determine what is working smoothly and what areas may need our attention. Experience has taught me that positive, supportive leadership can go a long way. I look forward to this great opportunity, and I have no doubt that the Cobb County School District will continue to be a leader and a model for other school districts nationwide."

3:30 p.m. Later we'll have video and photos, plus details from the contract.

3:21 p.m. The opposition crowd starts shouting about voting out school board members and plays to the TV cameras on the way out.

"They rushed this through under the radar," one shouts. "There was no rush."

"You should be ashamed of yourself," another says. "Shame, shame."

3:20 p.m. The board votes 6-0 to hire Hinojosa at $237,000 per year, plus benefits.

3:10 p.m. David Morgan makes the motion to hire Hinojosa, effective July 1, and Kathleen Angelucci seconds it. The only discussion involves board member comments.

Lynnda Crowder-Eagle says there was an internal candidate she could have supported, as well as a Georgia candidate, but the board wasn’t united behind either. “I am willing to support Dr. Hinojosa.”

“I am excited about Dr. Michael Hinojosa,” David Morgan says.

“I think through this vetting process there have been some issues raised about Dr. Hinojosa,” Tim Stultz says. “I think he has tried to answer them to the best of his abilities. I know there are many in the community who still have reservations. … As a board, we can be cautiously optimistic.” He says he hopes Hinojosa will use his first 90 days to listen and find out what kind of community Cobb is.

“I look forward to voting for Dr. Hinojosa,” Scott Sweeney says, noting that the process of hiring Sanderson’s replacement has taken almost a year. “There was a tremendous group of candidates we looked at. Dr. Hinojosa was the standout candidate.” That comment draws some jeers from the crowd.

Kathleen Angelucci passes on her turn to speak, and Alison Bartlett moves straight to the vote, saving comments for the media afterward.

3:08 p.m. Everyone on the board is here except David Banks. Neither Sanderson nor Hinojosa is here.

3:07 p.m. Seven people opposed to Hinojosa are in the audience, most with signs criticizing illegal immigration, questioning Dallas' SAT scores and such.

3 p.m. We're here live at the Cobb County School District's Central Office for the likely hiring of Michael Hinojosa as superintendent. So far, Chairwoman Alison Bartlett, Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney, and members Tim Stultz and Kathleen Angelucci are here. They're the only four who attended the school board's in January.

Inside-Out June 06, 2011 at 03:53 AM
It appears that the more we spend on a superintendent the worse our schools get. I guarantee you we could get a vested principal in the Cobb system to take the job for half this salary and get just as good if not better results. THis guy certainly doesn't have an impressive background worthy of this salary. It's time we got back to education. A rectangular building with 4 wall rooms, a blackboard and a window unit ac/heat system. No more artificial turf and Coke sponsored LED scoreboards. No more flat screen tv's in each room, no more smartboards in each room. Put the money into the teachers and let them teach. The good old days sure worked out better than this new system. An agricultural building at Campbell H.S. ? Really. How very sad.
Inside-Out June 06, 2011 at 04:12 AM
You hit the nail on the head. I thought that this board was going to be replacing this type of of board and they are appearing to be almost as bad as the previos board. What happens to people when they get on this board. They stop listening to the people that put them in office and after 4 years they will be gone also. Very sad.
Rio June 06, 2011 at 04:19 AM
You are both correct. We need to keep an open mind and hope for the best. I hope our new Superintendant lives up to all we need in that position. And yes, he definitely should for that kind of salary. But if the board has their own agenda and don't seem to be doing what is best for Cobb, then we need to make sure we let them know it is unacceptable and vote them out come re-election time.
5 May the Lord continually bless you... 6 May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.... Psalm 128:5-6 (NLT)
Pam J June 06, 2011 at 01:12 PM
They may not have kids in school, but maybe they have grandchildren. Also, our school system and how well it does affects everybody. I don't have kids, but I still care about them.
Pam J June 06, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Just how many people knew that this vote was going to happen yesterday? And I hope that everybody realizes the reason he is coming here is because one of his children lives here and they are pregant with their first grandchild. I sincerely hope he works out.
That is the BEST REASON of all. He said it! "...you only get to be a grandfather once,” Ethan Fowler observed it! .."but a timely pregnancy provided the opening for the Cobb Board of Education to lure the Dallas educator to Georgia’s second-largest school district." I salute it! To live to have the love and the financial wherewithal to make this type if choice is the dream of many; it is better than money. A "first grandchild" is a potent pull...because of that, Cobb wins! A celebration is in order, the end justifies the means.
“There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.” —DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, American army general
lisa56 June 06, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I will gladly admit that I was wrong should the new superintendent prove to be a positive force in the Cobb County School System. Knowing his reputation in Dallas and the history of CCSS superintendents' tenure I am not confident that he is anything but a stopgap hire.
Do We Get What We Expect? “Even seemingly hidden assumptions have a way of being expressed to others. Not surprisingly, people begin to behave in accord with the expectations we have of them and when they do, we are apt to interpret this as a sign that our expectations are accurate. What we fail to appreciate is the extent to which our expectations subtly or not-so-subtly shape the behavior of others….I am reminded of Goethe’s quote, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they were capable of being.” Words well worth remembering. Robert Brooks, PhD. http://www.drrobertbrooks.com/writings/articles/0210.html
Inside-Out June 06, 2011 at 09:43 PM
I am starting to think that local school superintendents should be elected or appointed by the State government.
Inside-Out June 06, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Board members should remember that we put you in office, we will take you back out quick. Ask Mrs. Cash.

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