Trustees name Michael Hinojosa as lone finalist for superintendent of schools

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The Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees has named Dr. Michael Hinojosa as the lone finalist for superintendent of schools.

The appointment followed a called meeting of the Trustees today at the Dallas ISD administration building. The Trustees will now wait 21 days as required by law before making the appointment final. Hinojosa will continue serving as interim superintendent of Dallas ISD during that time.

“Our board is pleased to have Dr. Hinojosa back in a permanent capacity. In just a brief time since his return, he has proven to be the steady and experienced hand needed to guide Dallas ISD,” said Board President Eric Cowan. “Dr. Hinojosa is committed to working with the Trustees as we work to graduate students that are college and career ready. We have much work to do, and we are all ready to get started.”

Hinojosa previously served as Dallas ISD superintendent from 2005–2011. During that time, the district graduation rate improved five consecutive years, voters approved a $1.35 billion bond program, and the district opened several new schools, including Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School, New Tech High School at A. Maceo Smith, and the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. In addition, Hinojosa worked with the board to lay the foundation for the district’s new teacher evaluation system that later became the Teacher Excellence Initiative.

“I am honored and excited to work alongside the talented leadership team, school leaders, and teachers as we work to prepare all students to be college and career ready,” Hinojosa said. “We will continue toward making Dallas ISD a premier urban school system.”

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