The DMN is reporting that DISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa has told the Dallas school board that he may be a finalist to lead the Cobb County School District, which is located northwest of Atlanta. A formal announcement is expected later this evening.

Following a few weeks in September, when Hinojosa flirted with the superintendent’s job in Las Vegas, the Dallas board extended his contract for three years (giving him a five-year deal), and Hinojosa pledged that he wouldn’t seek other job opportunities. His interest in the Georgia job appears to have caught Dallas board members by surprise.

If true, Hinojosa’s leaving — or even his intent to leave — casts a shadow over the Dallas board’s efforts to deal with what could be as much as a $120 million funding shortfall for the upcoming school year.

Continuity in DISD’s leadership has contributed to what has been a fairly drama-free budget process so far, but Hinojosa’s departure could turn what has been an organized effort into a much more exciting process. And that’s “exciting” in a not-so-good way.

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