Hinojosa has led the district, Georgia’s second largest, since June 2011. He served as superintendent for the Dallas school system before accepting the Cobb County job.
Hinojosa’s announcement came on the heels of his apology for the district’s response to last week’s winter storm. He said Monday his timing had nothing to do with that criticism.
Hinojosa said he planned to make his announcement last week, but Thursday night’s school board meeting was rescheduled to Monday due to the weather.
Hinojosa said he plans to leave at the end of May and has been offered a “lucrative” position as a senior vice president at a consulting company that he declined to name. Hinojosa said his new job will offer him the ability to work from home.
“As much as I love Cobb, I love my family more,” Hinojosa said.
Hinojosa served as an educator for more than three decades before coming to Georgia. He took a pay cut to accept the Cobb job and leave Texas, where at the time, he was one of the highest paid urban school superintendents in the country, with a base salary of $328,000. In Cobb, Hinojosa earned a base salary of $237,000 and perks that exceed $28,000 annually.