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Hinojosa Announces Resignation

Cobb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa delivers shocking news at Monday night's board meeting.

Dr. Michael Hinojosa. Credit: CCSD
Dr. Michael Hinojosa. Credit: CCSD
Cobb Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa shocked the school board on Monday evening by announcing that he would be stepping down at the end of May.

Hinojosa, who was named superintendent of the state’s second largest school district in June 2011, said he intends to return to his home in Dallas, Texas where he could be with his family, which includes his wife and his 91-year-old mother.

Hinojosa arrived in Cobb at a fractious time, following the retirement of former Superintendent Fred Sanderson and with substantial turnover on the school board. But now the school board will be searching for his replacement.

“Having been educator for 35 years, a superintendent for 20 years, an administrator for 27 years, my wife and I decided it’s time for me to quit doing this kind of work on a regular basis,” Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa indicated that he had been offered a “lucrative” position as a senior vice president at a company that is believed to be a national education consulting firm that would allow him to work from home.

He said his decision to step down was not in response to criticism received from the district’s response to last week’s Winter Storm Leon, but was rather based on his desire to be closer to his family.

Hinojosa, who had previously been superintendent for the Dallas Independent School District, had his contract extended last year by the school board until the end of 2014.

What are your thoughts on this surprise announcement? How would you rate Hinojosa’s tenure as superintendent in Cobb? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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