Trustees appoint Michael Hinojosa as superintendent of schools

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The Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees voted today to appoint Dr. Michael Hinojosa as superintendent of schools.

The appointment followed a called meeting of the Trustees today at the Dallas ISD administration building. Hinojosa had served as interim superintendent since June.

“As the board weighed its options, it became clear that the right candidate was right in front of us. Dr. Hinojosa understands what work is needed to advance Dallas ISD today, and as we look into the future,” said Board President Eric Cowan. “We have some heavy lifts ahead to ensure all students are college and career ready. With Dr. Hinojosa at the helm, the board is confident we will get there.”

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’m honored and ready to begin this new chapter here in Dallas ISD. Our board, students, staff and community is ready to raise achievement and to make Dallas ISD a premier school district,” said Hinojosa. “Let’s get to work.”

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