No New Job for Hinojosa

Clark County School District offers superintendent job to other candidate

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    NBCDFW.com
    The Clark County School District did not offer DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa its top job.

    The Dallas Independent School District's superintendent will not be packing for Vegas.

    Superintendent Michael Hinojosa was a finalist for the Clark County School District's top job. But in a 6-1 vote, the district's board decided Wednesday night to offer the position to Dwight D. Jones, Colorado's commissioner of education.

    Board members praised Hinojosa, but also brought up DISD's budget problems and issues with credit card abuse by employees.

    In 2008, the DISD laid off hundreds of teachers because of a surprise budget shortfall.

    Hinojosa congratulated Jones on the offer. He said it would have been a difficult decision to leave if he had been offered the job.

    He also said he realizes his pursuit of the position has eroded some of his support in Dallas.

    "Certainly there are some fences that need to be mended, that's part of my responsibility, and I will do the out reach effort to make that happen," Hinojosa said.

    DISD trustees narrowly voted last week to extend Hinojosa's contract to June 2015. Last year the board declined to extend his contract after Hinojosa's annual evaluation in December.

    His contract previously expired in 2012. Hinojosa said he will immediately sign the contract extension.

    "My name is off the market," he said. "Absolutely, my name is off the market, so please don't call me if you got an opening."

    The Dallas Business Journal reported several weeks ago that Hinojosa was expected to leave the DISD for the job in Las Vegas.

    But after his interview with Clark County schools officials last week, Hinojosa said he had not yet decided to take the job if it was offered. He had previously said that he not seek out the job, but was contacted by the firm conducting the search.

    "I'm the third-longest sitting superintendent in the United States in a major urban district -- other than Atlanta and New York, who have the longest tenure -- and I've looked for no other job," he said Wednesday. "This was just a unique situation that occurred."

    The Clark County School District is the fifth largest district in the United States. The DISD is the 14th largest.

    NBCDFW's Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.