Written by Amanda Casanova
Irving ISD's associate superintendent for business services, Debbie Cabrera, will take on the role of acting interim superintendent after former superintendent Dana Bedden stepped down from the job.
Cabrera started work as the acting interim superintendent on July 8 and will continue until an interim superintendent is chosen. The school district board of trustees had voted three days before to name Cabrera to the top spot temporarily.
The board voted 6-0 with Lee Mosty absent.
“Ms. Cabrera has the experience and leadership that will keep Irving ISD moving forward as we continue our search for a long-term interim and begin our search for the next superintendent,” Board President Steven Jones said. “We are committed to the students, staff and families of this great district, and today begins the process of finding the next leader to guide Irving ISD.”
The board could start interviewing candidates for the interim position as soon as mid-July. Later, the board will hire a search firm to pick a permanent replacement.
“I think it’s important that we move in a timely manner, and that we don’t rush this process,” trustee Valerie Jones said. “Hurrying is not beneficial, but neither is being slow. I hope that we can find a way to do that and get this process going so we can get somebody permanent in here before too long.”
On July 1, Bedden resigned at a specially called board meeting. The board had been scheduled to consider a voluntary agreement to buy Bedden out of his contract.