Benton said, “For the last nine years, Dr. Hinesley has lead us through challenging financial times, very tough personnel decisions and a changing academic requirements from the state. His vision, experience and business sense have provided leadership while many of other systems have struggled. Many superintendents have retired or resigned. In fact, the average tenure of a superintendent in the state of Georgia is 2.8 years.”
Kelley Dial, school board vice president, took part in the selection process nearly 10 years ago when Hinesley was hired.
“As I recall we had long days of interviewing finalists. Some of those interviews felt like they lasted 12 hours, although they were only three or four hours. Dr. Hinesley’s felt like it lasted 10 minutes. ... If I have ever done anything good on the school board it was to vote to hire [Dr. Hinesley],” she said.
The board also approved, as expected, the recommendation to give a one-time 3 percent pay increase for city school employees. The increase is offered to full-time employees who have worked within the district since Jan. 1, 2014, and will be disbursed on Nov. 21 in the form of a check.
A list of more than 80 names was approved to possibly serve on disciplinary tribunals for the 2014-15 school year. Retired and current employees comprise the list and were assigned by Hinesley.