New Cobb school board chairman faces contentious issues | www.myajc.com

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New Cobb school board chairman faces contentious issues | www.myajc.com

When Cobb County’s school board tapped recently elected member Randy Scamihorn to serve as chairman, few people were as shocked as district Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

“I haven’t seen it in my entire 17 years of experience as (a) superintendent,” he said of a new board member taking the leadership position.

However, six months in Scamihorn is receiving accolades from residents and fellow members on his ability to quickly navigate his duties and the personalities on the board.

“I was flattered and astonished to be asked to be chair,” said Scamihorn, a Vietnam veteran, engineer and retired educator. “I’ve tried to keep the board focused on the issues around educating kids, and not personalities.”

The Cobb board and the superintendent have a history of clashing over everything from the school calendar to members’ governing powers, and Hinojosa said Scamihorn’s lack of experience concerns him.

“He hasn’t been through the ebbs and flows of governing,” Hinojosa said. “I don’t think anyone has a sinister plan for the district. But when the board doesn’t have a lot of experience, it looks bad.”

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