According to the official notice from the school system, board members will meet at the central office on Glover Street to discuss “a student discipline appeal and a personnel matter.”
Though board chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci said no decision will be announced today regarding the search for a new superintendent, it appears that topic will at least be on the agenda.
“I cannot predict whether the board will choose to name an interim finalist tomorrow,” Angelucci said via email. She added, “the board is meeting tomorrow for a student discipline appeal as well.”
Board member David Morgan was equally tight-lipped.
“I’m not going to discuss what we may discuss (in a closed session),” he said. “We’re working through the process. I hate to be vague, but I have to uphold my duties as an elected official. We’re working through the process as fast as we can.”
Current Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, 57, announced his resignation in February. He has been superintendent since June 2011. Before that, Hinojosa was superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, for six years.
Hinojosa’s last day on job is May 31
Hinojosa’s last day on the job will be May 31, and his base salary is $247,625. The board has been searching for a replacement for nearly two months.
Last March, the board voted 5-2 to extend Hinojosa’s contract through Dec. 31, 2014, with Angelucci and David Banks voting against.
It will likely be at least two more weeks before a superintendent is named now that the MDJ has filed an open records request seeking the names of the finalists. Per Georgia Open Records Act, the request asks the Cobb School District to disclose the name, resume and other information for at least three finalists for the superintendent job.
The school board has the choice of either releasing those documents for the three finalists or releasing them for every candidate who applied for the job, according to David Hudson, an open records expert and attorney for the Georgia Press Association.
Also per the law, at least 14 days must pass after the information has been released before a decision can be announced. This is to give the public time to look at the candidates.
Angelucci acknowledged the law in her comments Wednesday.
“As you are aware, it is only after the interview process and after the board chooses a finalist or finalists that the name(s) and other information on just the finalist(s) are made public, according to state law,” Angelucci said. “The board must wait 14
days after a finalist(s) (is named) to make their final selection.”
It looked like a new superintendent might be named last Thursday, with Banks saying he hoped a finalist would be named “by the end of the month.” The school board met behind closed doors that night to talk things over, delaying the start of the meeting by 45 minutes. They retreated into a closed session after the meeting, but a new superintendent was not named.
Board member Randy Scamihorn spoke last week about the length of a contract likely to be offered to the interim 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,” Scamihorn said on March 26. “There’s certainly a chance the interim person could be the permanent person.”
Calls made to Scamihorn, Banks and board members Scott Sweeney and Brad Wheeler on Wednesday were not returned by press time.