Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s contract with the Cobb County School District expires June 30.
It was approved by the previous board June 5, 2011, and included a base pay of $237,000, though with retirement benefits and moving, car and cell phone allowances, his compensation totals more than $277,000 per year.
The first day of his current, two-year contract was July 1, 2011.
Board Chair Randy Scamihorn, who represents northwest Cobb, said Monday the board will look at extending Hinojosa’s contract, not renewing it. He did not say how long the extension would be.
Board members who were available for comment Tuesday declined to say how they would vote Thursday night. But they did give some feedback on how they thought Hinojosa is doing so far in his job.
Scamihorn said he’s satisfied with the superintendent’s performance, but he and Brad Wheeler, the vice chair, have only served on the board since early January.
“He seems to be doing a good job,” Wheeler said. “I don’t have any conflicts with him, or know if I ever will.”
David Morgan, who represents southwest Cobb, said he, too, feels working with Hinojosa has been good.
Northeast Cobb’s David Banks said his only hesitation with the superintendent is what he called his “lack of activism.”
“I question who’s really running the show,” he said. “I do meet with him regularly to talk about the issues, so there’s some real animosity, but I have an agenda, and it’s not necessarily what his is sometimes.
“A lot of times he does agree with me, but I can talk and he has to put it into action.”
In looking at Thursday’s decision, Banks said he will ask himself two questions before voting.
“Are we better off today from a school system standpoint than we were when he first came on a year and a half ago?” Banks asked. “Also, are we progressing or declining in our academic efforts?”
Board members must vote on the contract in public, but Georgia law allows them to discuss the contract in closed session because it is a personnel matter.
Contracts up for approval
The board will consider approving $8.5 million in contracts for school renovations, services for occupational therapy and at-risk middle and high school students, security, cars and a district-wide grading program.
Eight of the 10 contracts will be funded by SPLOST III, totaling just over $6.3 million.
Three of the SPLOST III projects are over budget by nearly $1.4 million, and one is under budget by $107,335, or about 18 percent.
The overages will be drawn from the SPLOST contingency fund, which sits at a little over $4 million.
The three over-budget projects are renovation contracts at Argyle, Baker and Harmony Leland elementary schools.
The under-budget project is at Nicholson Elementary School in Marietta.
The district staff is recommending the board approve:
* Argyle: a $734,000 contract with Diversified Construction of Georgia in Decatur to pave sidewalks, enclose walkways, replace appliances and install walkway canopies.
The project is 96 percent, or $359,720, over budget.
* Baker: a $3.04 million contract with Merit Construction Company of Atlanta to install marker boards, bathroom upgrades, blinds, HVAC and an emergency generator.
The project is 41 percent, or $883,506, over budget.
* Harmony Leland: a $443,800 contract with Classic Plains Construction in Marietta to pave parking, clock system, stage curtains, lighting and a retention pond.
The project is 44 percent, or $137,278, over budget.
* Nicholson: a $504,965 contract with Bon Building Services in Conyers to install flooring, library shelving, a kitchen HVAC system, emergency generator and lighting.
* A $200,331 contract with Wade Ford Inc. in Smyrna to purchase nine 2013 Ford Escapes.
* A $900,000 contract extension with Kratos Defense and Security Solutions of San Diego, Calif., to install security measures at schools, including a buzz-in system and badge access devices.
* A $514,000 contract with Edupoint Educational Systems LLC of Pacifica Irvine, Calif., to provide training and buy the licensing software for a grading program for the entire district.
* A contract, value to be determined, with NetPlanner Systems of Norcross and Graybar Electric of Marietta to install fiber cable at Cobb Schools.
The non-SPLOST funded projects are:
* A $2.8 million contract extension with Ombudsman Education Services Ltd. Of Libertyville, Ill., to offer alternative educational services to at-risk middle and high school students.
* A $220,000 contract with seven separate vendors for occupational therapy services to students. The program will be funded by Medicaid.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with public comments in the Cobb Schools’ board room, 514 Glover Street in Marietta.
For a more detailed copy of the agenda, visit the district online at cobbk12.org.