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Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits
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Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

MARIETTA, Ga. -- If Cobb County's new Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wondered how school staffers might receive him, he got proof right away.

Students from  Harrison High School produced a welcoming video that involved a couple hundred staff members from all levels of the Cobb County School District.

The video also served as a way to introduce Dr. Michael Hinojosa to many Cobb residents.

"I think the theme that we have for this year, 'Built for Success,' and the kick-off conference that we had and the enthusiasm we saw with the video that the kids put together, I think that set the tone," Hinojosa said. "I'm very excited to be here."

While Cobb is the Georgia's second largest school district, it's still more than 40,000 students smaller than the one Hinojosa left: Dallas, Texas, where he spent six years as superintendent.

As large districts, Hinojosa said he sees similarities between Dallas and Cobb County.

About 47% of Cobb's students are black and Hispanic, and in some cases, they struggle to keep up.

"All of our students deserve an equalized chance," Hinojosa said. "Dealing with the achievement gap while not holding back the high flyers, and so that's going to be a challenge, but that's something that I have experience with."

He plans to start by making sure he's in schools every Wednesday.

"Effort is good, results are better. You have to be out there with the troops knowing them and knowing that you believe in them and when you see things for yourself you can come back and make some modifications," he said.

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