HITCHCOCK — Barbara Derrick, the resigning superintendent of the Hitchcock school district, will receive a $120,000 settlement payment, according to her separation agreement with the district. 

The school board of trustees approved the agreement Monday, but neither board President Monica Cantrell nor Derrick have said why the Hitchcock native is leaving her position. 

In a statement, the district said the employment between the district and Derrick was “resolved to all parties’ mutual satisfaction.”

According to the agreement, the parties involved have agreed not to discuss the separation. 

The district provided a copy of the separation agreement in response to an open records request by The Daily News. 

According to the agreement, Derrick was placed on administrative leave with pay Tuesday. The effective date of her resignation is July 31. 

The agreement also states Derrick will serve as a transition consultant upon the naming of an interim superintendent or the hiring of new, permanent superintendent. She will be “on call” and available to help district officials even after her official resignation at the end of the month. 

The board Monday named Carla Vickroy, the assistant superintendent, as acting superintendent.

Derrick was hired in September 2012. Her contract did not end until August 2016. She has until Friday to remove her personal effects from the superintendent’s office, according to the agreement.  

While she had called the position a dream job, Derrick had gone through some difficult circumstances in her two years on the job. 

Three of the district’s campuses were placed on the academically unacceptable list this year by the state. Derrick took more than a month off from work for medical reasons last fall, and in June, the school board unanimously rejected her pick for the new high school principal.  

But according to the district, there are no emails or memos between Derrick and Hitchcock school district officials regarding her resignation.

All communication went between Derrick’s attorney and the school district’s attorney, according to the school district. 

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com


(4) comments


No one can lead a group that does not want to be lead. Derrick is probably saying, Good Riddance , hope you can FIND someone to dig you out of that hole. This is not the place I knew as a child.

PD Hyatt

Wow.... That is one expensive seperation package for the taxpayer to pay and we get NO explanation on why we get to pay all of that money out.... I wonder how much it is going to cost to find someone to replace her as that is going to be another hit on us the taxpayer....

Lars Faltskog

I received a similar type of separation settlement agreement (albeit a bit more in sum monies) when I resigned from my local Harper Valley paper route.

Carlos Ponce

Barbara, invest in gold, silver, platinum. I know several teachers who will miss her leadership.

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