By Jeff Paul


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) -Dallas schools have a new leader.

DISD board members voted 6-to-1 to appoint Dr. Michael Hinojosa as the next superintendent, who previously served as the top administrator a few years ago.

The appointment is not without controversy.

Hinojosa is set to take home two paychecks.

He will still be collecting his $200,000 pension.

“It wasn’t a question. It’s not related to the job, the skill and effort that is related to this position. It’s totally separate and that’s something an old guy has earned over a long period of time,” said Hinojosa.

The district agreed on a contract that will pay $335,000 a year on terms that will run through December 2017.

The vote was not unanimous with one board member, Joyce Foreman, voting against the appointment.

“This is not against superintendent Hinojosa. It is against the decision of this board to not do a search,” said Foreman.

Board president Eric Cowan said the decision was made to go with a familiar face after ex-superintendent Mike Myles abruptly left.

“Stability was a word that came up frequently and familiarity,” said Cowan.

Hinojosa will not collect certain benefits such as health insurance, a cell phone stipend or a car allowance.

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