As Hinojosa Prepares For New Job in Cobb County, He Takes Parting Shot at DISD Board

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Via The Kennesaw Patch
Patrick Michels will be at that 5:30 p.m. meeting at 3700 Ross today, where the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees will discuss naming an interim superintendent now that Michael Hinojosa's all but boarded that midnight train to Georgia. Or: You can always watch it live -- no doubt it'll make for must-see streaming video.

And speaking of the board, Hinojosa did just that yesterday when he made the first of several pre-Signing Day visits to Cobb County, where he met with district officials, parents and media in an effort to prove the Cobb County School District board made the right move by offering up just the one finalist for the super's gig. Seems it worked: The Kennesaw Patch's account is headlined "Hinojosa Charms With Talk of Listening." A story in this morning's Marietta Daily Journal is equally effusive about Hinojosa's promises to listen before he leaps. But further down, he hints at something that's been spoken about privately since Thursday's surprise adios: He's leaving Dallas, in part, because he's tired of dealing with the DISD board of trustees.
He's watched several months' worth of board meetings online, and he said Cobb's board "is much more professional" than the nine-member board in Dallas.

"They disagree, but they're much more professional in how they disagree," he said. "Some of my board meetings are not that professional."

School boards, he said, "have authority and responsibility to request information, request reports about how the district is accomplishing their goals. ... They have a very critical role of oversight and asking questions and making sure you have things on track. In my opinion, the board sets the 'what,' and the administration figures out the 'how.'"

On hot-button issues, Hinojosa said, "there's going to be an elaborate discussion. Right now, the national funders are pushing Dallas to be involved in charters. I told them, 'I don't mind having a conversation, but I am not going to push this if my board doesn't want to go there.' My board. A body corporate. A majority of the board."
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DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Hinojosa did what  he was told to do by the trustees.Hinojosa did what he was allowed to do by the trustees.

The trustees, desperate to play ball with the big kids (Dallas Citizens Council), rubber-stamped whatever that crowd wanted..

Building projects, millions funneled to IFL for Broad (bc the DCC is desperate to play ball with big national-level kids), and meetings at the Ritz.  The kids in the district are just the vehicle all these groups use to profit themselves.

As a teacher, I can tell you that we face enormous obstacles from the off-campus adults in our own district.  Their agenda is not our agenda, or they'd be on the campuses with us, interacting with kids and parents.

Hinojosa did promote and excessively pay some friends of his, but the BOARD let him do it.

DISD is a cancer that is killing Dallas bc the majority of the school board trustees serve business interests (who want the tax money), race-based groups (who can deliver big chunks of votes), and themselves.

With the exception of Ranger and Morath, our board is too eager to please everyone but the students.  Nuttall and Parrott are just not natural leaders, but they at least try to take a stand. 

It's OUR school board, it's OUR money, they are OUR children.We do not exist to help school board members run with the rich dogs who are running DISD and Dallas into the ground.

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

Do they have any historic buildings in Cobb County that Hinojosa can waste a million tearing down to pad some contractor buddies pockets?  His comments are so egregious.  Like some kind of unfunny substitute for Eric Cartman.... "I'll do what want." or Patsy Stone... "Don't question me."  

"Damn these new trustees for responding to the voters concerns... what about me?  Whaaa!"Begone.

mskat
mskat

Can we get Hinojosa a plane and let him go. The sooner the better. We neeed to get DISD back in shape. This used to be a great place for education. DISD are getting rid of the Teachers tha really care about their students. Its not only DISD it TEA as well ( I'm gonna line my pockets by any means necessary). Dallas we have the tools and the teachers if only you would cover your teachers backs and help them to help you run a sucessful District. You are better off without Hinojosa. Now get to work and produce great students. Maybe you need to look back at the years 1960-1972 and see what worked. For all the TEACHERS I wish you well

alfredo
alfredo

Do not make him work through his notice period, pay him off now and tell him to clean out his office now. 

I find his "what and how" comment amusing since I thought he generally told the board what they needed to do and how he was going to do it 

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

Just because he is right doesn't make him professional. A professional can balance a checkbook and keep their promises.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

In this case, Mr. Hinojosa has proved he can do neither.

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

I guess when he talking about "professional", that doesn't include being honest, having some integrity, and living up to one's word.  As in "I want to stay in Dallas".  How "professional" is it to sign a 3 year contract extension and then quit 3 month s later?

Sharon Boyd
Sharon Boyd

Hinojosa is a slick con artist --   Things have not been great under him.  Kids still drop out before graduation at an alarming rate.  DISD is still building schools where the kid population is declining and ignoring areas where kids are in 10-15 year old 'temp' bldgs.  

Under Hinojosa, DISD paid over a million for an old church and grounds on Webb Chapel (between W-Hill and Forest) and another $400K each for 2 new, never occupied 2-story brick homes (now demolished and ground cleared) for a new elementary.  Problem is, the kids needing a new school live in the awful apts south of Park Ln on Webb Chapel.  Now, DISD likely can't build on the site because no one looked at the city maps.  It was just a make work contract from some connected construction company anyway. 

It was under Hinojosa's watch that we had the credit card scandal, etc.  He put his yes men in places of administrative power, they abused their power and he covered their butts as long as possible.

No one is against public education.  But, only fools think most school districts spend our school taxes to educate children or pay teachers.  DISD is top heavy with people who don't do anything but run around smoozing and getting paid for it.  Cut the administration in half, and save teacher jobs.  Hinojosa should have volunteered half his salary back when things went south.  No superintendant is worth $250K annually.

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Ms. Boyd...Thank you for your comment.  This is REAL and TRUE...DISD continues to waste our tax dollars on unnecessary schools like O.M. Roberts Elementary.  There are schools out there that are in need or repair and replacement but, DISD looks the other way instead they proceed to destroy O.M. Roberts and the surrounding community because this school and community are conveniently located within walking distance to the Fair Park, five minutes away from Downtown and White Rock is minutes away oh...and don't forget Baylor Hospital is minutes away too.  so, those nice little town homes will fit right in even though DISD refuses to provide any information on those invisible plans.. Our children deserve better education.  Why are their friends in the development business profiting while our students and teachers suffer!  That is wrong!  Learn more at www.StopDISD or StopDISD on Facebook   Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Hino consistently misrepresented facts, refused to comply with board member requests, rammed through policies with his one-vote majority on the board, refused to be held accountable for anything and now, after five years of accomplishing nothing as the highest paid Super in Texas, he blames it all on the board.  Of course.  Every bad thing that's ever happened on his watch has been someone else's fault.  Good luck to the students and teachers of Cobb County.  You're going to need it.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

Who the fuck do we think is ever (EVER) going to want to take this position. And do you really (REALLY) think any candidates the board does come up with is going to take the superintendents job for less than the person who just left? Money cannot buy happiness, and the smartest of candidates will look at the board, the citywide stance against public school, the politics, the daily newspaper's continual negative press and say "No thanks." Because within their profession, Hinojosa is a smart leader, and if he couldn't make a go of it what are the chances they could.

Who are we going to get? An ass-kisser for the board, THAT's who'll want this job, and it will be for the money.

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

Superintendent Hinojosa, here's how it works: If the public doesn't like the school leadership then they band together in groups like Dallas Friends of Public Education and work to elect Trustees to the school board like Bruce Parrott, Bernadette Nutall, Mike Morath, Eric Cowan, Carla Ranger and Lew Blackburn.

Superintendent, I believe you when you say "They [the school board trustees] have a very critical role of oversight and asking questions and making sure you have things on track." The District train has not been on track for years. The public clearly wants better leadership, transparency and accountability.  Our duly elected and outstanding Trustees, unpaid public servants all, have worked tirelessly with the administration and budget commission to give our children safe and clean schools with the best teachers while cutting the waste and bloat from the district.

Our Trustees have a shared vision and we now have an opportunity to see it come to fruition with a new superintendent. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Generally speaking, nothing about how the public votes tells me that they want better for DISD, or for Dallas, for that matter.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Again, the man needs to be shown the door regardless of whether he's PO'd at the Board or not.

So, he's been watching Cobb County Board meetings for "several months"? This means indeed his name was never off any list and he always intended to take calls from others dangling offers in front of him. 

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

Read much?  He said he's watched several months of meetings online.  You can do that now, go back and watch reruns. Online.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Think much? Why would anyone who says they're not interested in another opportunity be watching the far-flung school board meetings in Georgia now or at anytime?

My point is, the man was disingenuous months ago after not getting the opportunity in Las Vegas.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While im not a huge fan of Hino The Powertino, I have to agree with him on this point: The trustees have too much power for a district this size, not to mention quite a few on the school board, save carla ranger, are inept at what they do. Its why we cant keep supers in the position. If DISD is to seriously improve, its going to have to be a total sea change of power and attitude on ross ave. In addition, maybe its time the mayors office starts getting involved in the day to day affairs of the district..

TimCov
TimCov

It is simple, if people in DISD want changes made to DISD, they need to elect different people to control the district. But, thanks to racial politics, I doubt that will ever happen.

heyheymama
heyheymama

It would also involve people standing for election.  No one seems to want to be a trustee.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

So Pat, are you saying that what the superintendent was wrong in his statements about the school board? 

Or just throwing out a random, rainy day got you down, curse? In which case, what did he do to you, run down your cat, spray paint your fence, slap your mommy?

Consider drinking either later in the day, or maybe earlier, I'll let you decide which.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

LOL  Whatever.  I think its funny that a hack (Hinojosa) is calling others hacks. Of course you would not understand because you are an idiot. 

And what he did was .....nothing. He didn't do a thing except to continue to run DISD with those other folks on the board into the ground and moving on to do it again. 

And go to a Yahoo group with the drinking thing. Talk about grandpa humor.

trashtalk
trashtalk

As usual, Hinojosa's ethical lapses are someone else's fault. The school board in Cobb County was brought before a grand jury this year! Anyone bother to check on that before the supt holds them up as an example?

What has Hinojosa's exceedingly white moustache in an uproar was the insistence of the Dallas School Board to actually drill down into the budget this year to see where their constituents' money was being spent. This sent the superintendent into a tizzy.

He has been accustomed to giving his cronies huge raises, padding the numbers downtown, and using consultant gigs and vendor contracts as party favors for members of the board.

He pulled his usual tricks this year, insisting the board sign off on his latest fiasco, and they didn't bite. Bad, bad, board. How dare they try to align the needs of students up with the revenue!

So the national funders are pressuring Hino on charter schools? That must include the regional chamber who is asking for real reform, not the kind bought with pumped up, meaningless state tests.

Bad, bad board. No one is supposed to look behind the curtain.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is the only way that I can read his statements. When he says the "how" should be left up to administrators, he's really saying "get the fuck out of my business because I'm the one running the show here". If someone else thinks differently, please enlighten me.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

I hope Hinojosa gags on whatever food particles are leftover in his mustache. 

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