From the Marietta Daily Journal.
Cobb Schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa surprised the school board Monday night by announcing he was retiring and moving back to Texas after May 31.
I think this is good news for Cobb County and their school system. There has been a steady decline in the quality of leadership over the last few years. Consequently, the morale of teachers is low. From my own experience with the teachers and former teachers of the Cobb County School System that I know, there will likely be no tears shed, and some may in fact breathe a sigh of relief.
Mike Hassinger in the Daily offered this analysis:
The timing may indicate otherwise, but Hinojosa says his departure has nothing to do with the Cobb District’s difficulties during the snow storm last week. There was a budget crisis, though. And a minor flap last month about approving his staff’s contracts months before teachers knew if their contracts were going to be approved. And he says he’ll be able to work from home, so at the very least, the snow didn’t help.
And I think there may be something to that string of thought. There’s been a series of events that either didn’t go well or go like Hinojosa would have prefered. As an outside observer it would appear to me that Hinojosa is taking his toys and going home.
At this point a search for a new superintendent will begin. Hopefully, this new superintendent will be able to improve teacher morale, improve the support that teachers receive, and quite possibly reverse the trend of the last few years.