Post 5 BoE member David Banks said he hopes CCSD will name the replacement for Michael Hinojosa before the end of the month, which points directly at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting.
“I’m hoping that we’ll decide something tomorrow night,” Banks said Wednesday. “I would hope so, but that’s not a guarantee. Our discussions have not been completed yet. I think it’s a possibility ... I hope by end of this month we’ll have somebody.”
Current Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, 57, announced his resignation in February. He has been superintendent since June 2011. Before that, he was superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, for six years. The board has been searching for a replacement for nearly two months.
Hinojosa’s last day on the job will be May 31 and his base salary is $247,625.
Last March, the board voted 5-2 to extend Hinojosa’s contract through Dec. 31, 2014, with BOE Chair Kathleen Angelucci and Banks voting against.
Not all board members said a decision on the next superintendent is likely to happen tonight. Post 1’s Randy Scamihorn said it’s too early to make a call just yet.
“I don’t want to speak prematurely and then have it be wrong, or be something that the board wants to keep in executive session until the chair announces whatever they want to announce,” he said. “We had numerous applicants and interviews.”
Scamihorn did speak about the length of contract likely to be offered to the new superintendent.
“The interim period probably will be, just an estimation, six months to a year, maybe a little longer depending on how the search goes,” he said. “There’s certainly a chance the interim person could be the permanent person.”
Angelucci said it is unclear if a new superintendent will be named at the moment.
“None of us can say whether an interim superintendent will be named at tomorrow evening’s meeting,” she said. “We are an entity of seven members, and it will depend on what the board as a whole is ready to act on.”
Facilities and Technology committee to make report
The district’s Facilities and Technology Citizen’s Oversight Committee will issue a report during tonight’s meeting.
Scamihorn is the board’s liaison with the committee. He said the committee will present its opinion on Cobb’s plans for career and technical programs.
“The state wants us to stress career and technical avenues for students that may decide not to go to college,” Scamihorn said. “Because of a shortage of trade schools — whether it’s nurses, secretaries, plumbers, health care workers — they are wanting schools to start giving pathways for those kinds of students that want to leave high school and go to work.”
He said the county is in the beginning stages of trying to set that direction, and the committee was formed to look at options. It is possible multiple career academies will be built in the county. Scamihorn said he personally envisions one career academy being located in the southern part of the county and possibly one incorporated into a high school or even two on the county’s north side.
“We could have regional areas so it would be more convenient for our students,” he said. “All the high schools, we expect, would be able to maintain their career pathways programs they currently have, and this could help them improve in some way.”
Angelucci said the F&T board’s job is to perform an analytical assessment and project verification of proposed expenditures as recommended by the superintendent for the SPLOST projects list.
The board will also discuss renovations and modifications at several area schools. The projects are to be built with SPLOST funds and were outlined for voters before education SPLOST was renewed.