DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thursday is the seventh and final time Michael Hinojosa will oversee the last day of school as the Dallas Independent School District superintendent.
Hinojosa is expected to formally accept a job offer to become the school chief in Cobb County, Georgia by Monday.
Looking back Hinojosa says he’s proud of his accomplishments. “You’ve had only two superintendents in the last decade between Dr. Moses and myself… two permanent superintendents,” he said of the DISD leadership position. “You’ve also had now stability at the principal level. Now we have principals that have been at their schools six or seven years and so now they’ve gotten used to their communities.”
Hinojosa says he’s proud to leave the district better off than when he took the reigns. “We have more schools that are doing well. We have more students taking advanced placement courses. So I think they’re a lot of things that are better,” he said.
The superintendent says he understands the anger some have expressed over his plans to take the new job after just signing a three-year extension to stay on as Dallas superintendent.
Hinojosa also makes no apologies for taking more than $200,000 a year in pension benefits from the State of Texas. The administrator says he’s had a tough run in Dallas and earned every penny.
Hinojosa says he’s taking the job in Georgia, just outside Atlanta, to be closer to family.
“I was a student here and a teacher here and now I’m leaving the state. It’s been kind of nostalgic but I’m proud of our students, I’m proud of our staff, that we’ve made some progress. Obviously [there’s] a lot more to do, but I’m certainly pleased with where were going.”