IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – The search for a new Irving Independent School Board Superintendent begins, after Dr. Dana T. Bedden submitted his resignation to the district’s board of trustees.  The resignation is effective immediately.  The school board was reportedly critical of Bedden’s leadership.

No information has been released about the buyout of Bedden’s contract, which expired in June 2017.  A spokesperson for Irving ISD says those details will be released Tuesday.  The school board was reportedly critical of Bedden’s leadership.

Bedden applied but was passed over for a job in North Carolina last month.

The Board of Trustees will meet Friday, July 5 at 7 a.m. to discuss naming an interim superintendent and hiring a superintendent search firm.

On behalf of the board and the superintendent, school board Vice President Larry Stipes read the following statement at tonight’s meeting:

“Dr. Dana T. Bedden has announced his resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Irving Independent School District.  An agreement has been reached which allows Dr. Bedden to pursue other interests and permits the Board to pursue hiring another superintendent.  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.

On behalf of the entire district, the Board of Trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr. Bedden for his efforts while serving as superintendent of this great school district and its wonderful students, parents and administrators, and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire district team during Dr. Bedden’s tenure as superintendent.

Dr. Bedden thanks the present and past Board of Trustees for providing him with the opportunity to serve in the Irving Independent School District.  A school district is measured by the commitment of the Board, staff and community to its children and their achievement.  This district is indeed so committed.  Dr. Bedden would like to express his heartfelt appreciation to the staff and community for their support of the district’s programs and services during his term as superintendent.

Success requires hard work, dedication, leadership and vision.  The Board and Dr. Bedden wish to acknowledge and recognize the teachers, principals, administrators, staff, students, parents and patrons who have all contributed to the district’s success.

The Board extends its best wishes to Dr. Bedden and his family in his future endeavors. On its part, the Board will soon begin its search for a new Superintendent as not to disrupt the district’s operations.”