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Hinojosa Might Not Be Leaving DISD Job

Will the Dallas Independent School District need to find a new leader? Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is a finalist for the top job at the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their decision is expected to come on Wednesday.

Board members from Las Vegas visited Dallas on Monday, ahead of the Wednesday decision.

There has been much discussion about what Hinojosa will ultimately do, but he has not actually gotten the job offer yet, which he has aptly pointed out. Hinojosa spoke to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, and hinted at the possibility of keeping his current position here at home.

Hinojosa offered the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce a school district status report, but most of the interest was focused on his own status, and the status of the Clark County position.

«I love my job,» Hinojosa said Tuesday. But love does not pay the rent. The Dallas superintendent would not directly commit to staying in Dallas if he is offered the Clark County position, but he might have given a big clue. «I dont know whats going to happen in the next 24 to 30 hours. But let me tell you, I was very pleased to get the three-year extension. Because I just might take it.»

Last Thursday, the Dallas Board of Education voted to extend Hinojosas contract until 2015. But is will that be enough to keep him in Texas? «This is my hometown,» Hinojosa said. «My mom still lives here. Ive never left Texas. So, this is something Im familiar with, so familiarity breeds content.»

In fact, Hinojosa has said that his mother wants him to stay in Dallas.

Still, not everyone is convinced by what Hinojosa has been saying. «I want a superintendent whos going to be 110 percent committed to Dallas ISD, our students, our parents, as well as the community,» said Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nuttall.