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DALLAS (CBS11) – Michael Hinojosa walked with ease through the glass doors that serve as the entrance to the Superintendent’s office for Dallas Schools.
“I’ve been here before, so I know what I’m about to get into,” he said with a slight chuckle.
At age 58, the Dallas ISD graduate, former teacher, coach, administrator, and former Superintendent of Schools will replace Mike Miles, who resigned last week.
School Board members voted unanimously to appoint Hinojosa as Interim Superintendent. Hinojosa returned to Dallas last year after leading the Cobb County School District in Atlanta.
He said Dallas ISD needs to have someone who understands the Texas public education system.
“There’s not going to be a simple answer to a complex issue that this district has faced, and that’s why I’m here, to calm things down, move good things forward”, he said.
Under Hinojosa’s leadership from 2005-11, Dallas ISD expanded Bilingual Education programs for the district’s expanding Limited English population, and made pre-K education a district priority.
But he came under fire in 2008, when an $84 million dollar budget mistake was balanced on the elimination of hundreds of teaching positions.
Hinojosa survived the budget embarrassment, but announced his resignation three years later in 2011.
Would he come back on a permanent basis, with a school board’s approval?
“I’m willing to stay as long as it takes, to be ready for the next leader, being me, probably not, whoever, but we’ll let it play out. I’m not going to say no I won’t take it, because I don’t want to deceive anybody or mislead anybody.”
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