Pay will end on resignation date for super
by Hannah Morgan
February 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 5146 views | 3 3 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa listens as several concerned parents speak about how they feel he handled the snow storm last Tuesday. Hinojosa announced his resignation from the Cobb school system later in the meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa listens as several concerned parents speak about how they feel he handled the snow storm last Tuesday. Hinojosa announced his resignation from the Cobb school system later in the meeting.
MARIETTA — When Cobb Schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa steps down from his position May 31, he will be cut off financially from the school district.

Brad Johnson, the chief financial officer for the district, said the district would not be paying Hinojosa for the seven months between his last day on May 31 and the last day of his contract on Dec. 31.

Hinojosa announced at a board meeting Monday night he would be retiring and returning to his home in Dallas, Texas, where he plans to be with family and work for a national education consulting firm.

Clem Doyle, the district’s attorney, said he was not able to comment on any legal implications that will come about from Hinojosa ending his contract seven months early.

The minute he walks out the door on May 31, the district will stop paying Hinojosa, Johnson said, which would save the district roughly $175,322, a cost which includes the superintendent’s base salary, Social Security benefits and health care.

Hinojosa will forego $135,333 of base salary he would have earned between June and December, Johnson said.

For a full year’s work, Hinojosa makes $237,000 of base salary with about $28,000 in benefits, Johnson said.

To qualify for monthly retirement benefits, Johnson said, a Cobb employee must have worked for the school district for at least 10 years. Hinojosa became superintendent in June 2011.

Johnson said the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia will be responsible for paying Hinojosa an unknown lump sum payment to compensate him for what had been taken out of his paychecks since June 2011.

The board of education is responsible for finding and hiring a replacement for Hinojosa.

Board Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci said the board had not yet discussed finding a new superintendent.

The salary of the new superintendent will be decided by the board, Johnson said, as will the means in which they seek out a replacement.

The board could hire a law firm, or a professional search firm to find a new Cobb superintendent, Johnson said. Both options would cost the district a fee to conduct the search, plus travel expenses for candidates who might be flown in. Or they could hire internally and select someone already high up in the school system to replace Hinojosa, which would cost significantly less than hiring from outside the district, Johnson said.

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February 07, 2014
Epic fail! His visions turn turn Cobb into a Mexican border town cost the district millions. He was the most absent superintendent in all the years I worked at the central office and had a view of the comings and goings of his office. Shame on him. Let's remember this man wanted a driver just as he had in Dallas. Instead, he was awarded a healthy car allowance... his car of choice afforded through that healthy allowance was a Mercedes, while District employees got little or no raise. Good riddance. He came to Cobb running from problems in Dallas as parents got tired of his antics there. Cobb will be goood on his resume, how else would he have gotten that consulting job? Good riddance
Why wait?
February 06, 2014
Give him 21 minutes to vacate the building like he did to Findlay. Trust me when I say, teachers and students won't even know he is gone. The superintendent position has nothing to do with the the schools. Show him the door and save us some money.I'm sure he will try to pull something over on the board if he continues on until May.Why would you allow him to stay on?
February 06, 2014
God, what a stinking mess!
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