HITCHCOCK — The Hitchcock school district board of trustees accepted the resignation of Superintendent Barbara Derrick on Monday and named Carla Vickroy, the assistant superintendent, as acting superintendent.
Derrick, hired two years ago, was not at the special-called meeting Monday evening and could not be reached for comment.
School board President Monica Cantrell would not answer questions about the resignation but instead released a prepared statement and directed all further questions to the district’s attorney.
In the statement, the district said the employment between the district and Derrick was “resolved to all parties’ mutual satisfaction.”
The board will begin a search for a new superintendent, according to the statement.
Derrick’s resignation takes effect July 31, said Stephen Dubner, the school district’s attorney. He said he was not sure if Derrick was at work Monday, but did confirm Derrick would not be at work between now and the end of the month.
Dubner would not say why Derrick resigned nor would he provide the details of the separation agreement between Derrick and the district.
Cantrell and Trustees Tom Ivey, Chad Allen, Shirley Price and Edward Wilson voted to approve the separation agreement. Trustee Tony Combs was present at the beginning of the meeting but left before the board took its final action. Trustee Ted Robison was absent.
Derrick once called the superintendent’s job in her hometown her dream job but the district has gone through some difficult times the past couple of years.
The Texas Education Agency placed three of the district’s campuses on the academically unacceptable list this year.
Last fall, Derrick took more than a month off from work because of exhaustion and anemia. In June, her pick for the new high school principal was unanimously rejected by the school board.
The issue was discussed again at a school board meeting two weeks ago. Derrick did not mention her resignation at that time.
Vickroy, a 1979 graduate of Hitchcock High School, taught in Hitchcock for 14 years before leaving for an administrative job outside the district. Vickroy came back three years ago and served as the principal of the primary school for a year and has been in the role of assistant superintendent for the past two years.
She said she was interested in applying for the permanent superintendent position.
Vickroy said her two priorities as she steps into her role as interim superintendent were the hiring of a new principal, which the trustees will discuss at their regular board meeting today, and the release of accountably ratings by the state in August.
“I’m very honored that the board has the confidence in me,” Vickroy said.