Hinojosa told the board at a meeting Monday night he would be retiring early, ending his contract May 31. His contract was not set to expire until Dec. 31, 2014.
Board Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci said she called the meeting Saturday so the board would have time to discuss what they would do with Hinojosa’s intent to leave the district.
The board is expected to vote at a work session Wednesday as to whether or not to accept Hinojosa’s resignation.
Because Hinojosa is opting out of his contract early, the board has to approve whether or not to allow him to leave before December, Angelucci said.
“We have a process we have to go through,” she said.
A timeline for finding a new superintendent is still up in the air, as the board could choose to name a new superintendent from within the district or by conducting a national search.
Board member Brad Wheeler said the board met Saturday to discuss what needed to be done in order to move forward with selecting a new superintendent for Cobb.
“We’re just working on things,” Wheeler said.
Angelucci said the process of finding a replacement for Hinojosa could
take many more meetings and months of work, although nothing had been determined yet.
“Should we do this or that, over here or over there,” board member Randy Scamihorn said.
The board discussed the process they would take in selecting a new superintendent, but did not decide anything, Scamihorn said.
All seven members of the board were at the closed-door meeting in the central offices Saturday, and will next convene for a work session on Wednesday.
Georgia law allows school boards to discuss an individual personnel matter behind closed doors, but it does not require them to shut their doors to the public. All voting actions must be taken in open session, however, in accordance with the Georgia Open Meetings Act.