On the payroll: Former superintendent Hinojosa to be paid another month’s salary
by Jon Gillooly
May 03, 2014 04:00 AM | 4077 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Michael Hinojosa Superintendent.STAFF/KELLY J. HUFF
Dr. Michael Hinojosa Superintendent.STAFF/KELLY J. HUFF
MARIETTA — Former Cobb School Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has left the building, although he’s still on the payroll.

Cobb Board of Education Vice Chairman Randy Scamihorn said Hinojosa’s last day as superintendent was Wednesday, when he and Chris Ragsdale, the district’s new interim superintendent, swapped offices.

Sources familiar with the situation tell the MDJ Hinojosa has left Georgia for his Texas home.

Ragsdale was sworn into office by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harris Hines on Thursday after the school board appointed him to the position in a 7-0 vote on April 24.

Scamihorn said Hinojosa will be paid the same rate he received as superintendent through May 31, which was a monthly base salary of $19,338.54, a car allowance of $800 and a monthly phone allowance of $250.

Scamihorn said he’s fine with that expense as long as Hinojosa is available should Ragsdale need him as he organizes himself to lead the school district.

“I’m not concerned how much time Dr. Hinojosa spends in his office for the next month as long as he’s available in person, by phone or email for the new superintendent to be able to contact him,” Scamihorn said.

Hinojosa, whose contract wasn’t set to expire until Dec. 31, announced in February that he would resign May 31.

By leaving early, Hinojosa gave up $142,719.78 which he would have earned through Dec. 31, said Brad Johnson, the district’s finance director.

Hinojosa received an annual base salary of $237,000 with an additional $28,000 in benefits.

With the promotion from deputy superintendent to interim superintendent, Ragsdale’s pay has risen from $135,000 to $185,000.

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May 06, 2014
Do your kids and society a huge favor and get them out of these bureaucrat run, government indoctrination centers and into a good private school or home school.

Pee Wee
May 03, 2014
I wonder how many potholes and cracks in the asphalt that one months pay would fix on Austell Road?

Just who hired that mooch anyway?
Tes Socra
May 03, 2014
Outrageous financial stewardship !

The Cobb Board has a very short and dull memory - first the superintendent renews/extents his contract - the he quits and now the Board will pay him to leave early ? This is a very said tale on the Taxpayers of Cobb.

The guy must have some "serious secrets" to keep - thusly this outrageous use and waste of taxpayer money.

If you are going to pay him - sit his butt in an office in a trailer behind the Glover street HQ 9-5 or better yet watch Ragisdale's car and when Chris leaves the old super can leave for the day.

There must be something seriously wrong with this reporting or the Cobb School Board has lost their collective minds ?
Rick Z
May 03, 2014
Available if needed? Ridiculous! Ragsdale was chosen to replace him precisely because he was already an insider and probably knew better what's going on than Hinojosa did.
May 03, 2014
The salary is obscene, the car allowance is absurd and the phone allowance....my teenager's ridiculous addiction to her phone only costs $50 each month.

Ripping off taxpayers while they feed our kids crud like Common Core has got to be what Ringling meant when he said, "There's a sucker born every minute." Most observers weren't suckered, but the elected school board sure was when they hired Hinojosa, who did absolutely nothing for our schools or our kids.
Outraged citizen
May 03, 2014
Are you kidding me? He is being paid for one month with a car allowance and cellphone, but he already went back? That is an outrage with the budget the way it has been. GLAD we are rid of him, but he should NOT be getting paid. Staff at CCSD have endured years of cuts, and you allow that louse another month pay? Sad people!
Raphl Wilson
May 03, 2014
All of you are right but he quit quite some time ago to go back and work from home. His new job is with a company that sells books to schools. We don't yet know if that company has received large orders from Cobb County or not.

I say good luck in Texas where he belongs. He did not want to be here. The school board has to live with their poor decision to hire him at the worst time in the county's history. We elect the school board so that is the ultimate decision. End of Story.
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