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DISD Chief Hinojosa Rumored to Step Down

Superintendent may quit the Lone Star State for Sin City



    DISD Chief Hinojosa Rumored to Step Down
    DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa

    Dallas schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is expected to announce Thursday that he is leaving his post, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

    In a statement Wednesday, Hinojosa declined to comment on reports that he could be named a finalist for the top job at the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.

    “I have been contacted by the firm conducting the search for a new superintendent of Clark County Schools, Nevada, the fifth largest school district in the country that serves more than 300,000 students in Las Vegas and the surrounding area," he said. "At this point, the board there has not announced its list of finalists, so it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

    Three city leaders told the Dallas Business Journal that Hinojosa would announce his resignation Thursday, the Journal reported. And KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reported that Hinojosa is the leading contender for the Clark County School District job.

    The district's Board of School Trustees will announce the finalists for the superintendent job at a meeting Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

    "I am very proud of the accomplishments our staff and students have achieved here in Dallas over the course of the last five years, including 66 exemplary and 59 recognized schools, more high school graduates in 2010 than in any year since the mid-1980s and in passing a bond issue that will vastly improve our schools during the next few years," Hinojosa said in his statement Wednesday. "It remains a privilege to continue to serve this board of trustees, our committed staff, parents, students and stakeholders as superintendent of schools.”

    DISD is the 14th largest school district in the country. In December, the district decided not to renew Hinojosa's contract, which runs through 2012.