DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It appears Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa will soon be leaving the top spot at DISD. On Thursday he was named the lone finalist for the Cobb County School District Superintendent job in Georgia.
Cobb County is the second largest school district in Georgia, with 106,000 students, and sits just northwest of Atlanta.
After the Georgia district made their announcement Hinojosa addressed the DISD board, saying he’s accepted the finalist offer. He says he plans to take the job in two weeks following board approval in Georgia.
The ball ‘started rolling’ two weeks ago when Cobb County contacted Hinojosa and it is believed he interviewed for the position last Sunday.
Sources tell CBS 11 News that other school districts had approached the Dallas school leader and he had turned them down. But his older son reportedly lives in the Atlanta area and is about to become a father, making Hinojosa a grandfather.
Just nine months ago Hinojosa said he was staying put and his name was “off the market” after losing his bid to lead Las Vegas-area schools. It was then he signed a three-year contract extension with the DISD. That extension will probably come into question if Hinojosa is indeed planning to leave.
Rena Honea with the Alliance AFT and says the possible move comes in the midst of a huge budget shortfall for the district. “That’s one of the most troubling parts because, obviously his attention has not been focused directly on Dallas ISD and what is best for our students and our district,” she said.
Lew Blackburn sits on the Dallas School Board and says, while the news comes in the midst of a difficult time, he supports Hinojosa. “Most superintendents that are doing a good job are sought after and some of them after a few years, five or six years now for Dr. Hinojosa, start to feel like maybe it’s time to go on somewhere else and see if I can duplicate or replicate the successes.”
Blackburn did admit the news is a distraction from “developing our budget that we have to get done by next month.”
Hinojosa became the Dallas superintendent in May 2005 and currently makes $328,000.
According to the Cobb County School District the announcement of Dr. Hinojosa’s selection as finalist begins a state-mandated 14-day period for public comment and input from the community. The Board’s next scheduled meeting will take place Wednesday, June 8.