The Hitchcock school board owes the public a full explanation of the departure of Superintendent Barbara Derrick.
Derrick, a Hitchcock native who once described the superintendent’s post as her dream job, is out.
People naturally want to know why.
Derrick was out for weeks last fall, citing illness and exhaustion.
But her health didn’t seem to be that big of a problem.
When the board rejected her choice for the important job of principal at the high school, there was talk of Derrick doing double duty — serving as principal and superintendent.
Then she resigned, although resignations don’t always come with separation agreements that involve settlements.
The settlement was $120,000.
The school board approved the agreement, but no one said why Derrick had left.
According to the agreement, school district officials and Derrick agreed not to discuss the separation.
The district issued a statement that said Derrick’s employment situation was “resolved to all parties’ mutual satisfaction.”
Actually, it was resolved to the satisfaction of two of the parties.
The party that pays the taxes that pay the bills — including the settlements — wasn’t told much of anything.