Written by Amanda Casanova
After about three years with the district, Superintendent Dana Bedden has resigned and will leave the top administrative position effective immediately.
The Irving Independent School District board didn’t spend long in executive session at the July 1 special meeting before Bedden announced his resignation. They had been scheduled to consider a voluntary agreement to buy Bedden out of his contract.
“The board and Dr. Bedden have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests in order for the board to pursue a different philosophical direction for the district,” a statement released by the district said.
According to the agreement, Bedden must then step down as an employee of the district by Sept. 20. On Sept. 20, he will be paid about $260,600 as long as he has not found full-time employment in a senior level position with another school or education-relation institution.
He will not be paid the $260,000 if he accepts a job as superintendent or other senior level position elsewhere.
Through Sept. 20 or until he finds a senior level position, Bedden will continue to be paid his salary and benefits. Depending on the number of vacation days he has, Bedden also may use up to 60 days of leave time before the Sept. 20 deadline.