The Midland ISD board of trustees has authorized Board President Rick Davis and legal counsel to negotiate and finalize possible settlement terms with Orlando Riddick as discussed in closed session.
The move came Monday after closed session Monday evening. Elana Ladd, the district’s spokeswoman, told the Reporter-Telegram of the development as the board deals with termination proceedings with the outgoing superintendent.
“This authorizes the board president to engage legal counsel without having to come back to the board for authorization each time,” MISD stated in an email to the Reporter-Telegram on Monday night.
The Reporter-Telegram reported last week that Riddick has requested an independent hearing, following the board’s vote to propose termination.
Midland ISD stated last week that a hearing examiner has been assigned to the case, and the next step will be setting times and dates for the hearing. Midland ISD also stated, “Both sides are still trying to see if a mutually agreeable resolution can be reached.”
Riddick’s salary is $275,000. His contract is set to expire on June 30, 2022.
In August, Board President Rick Davis wrote in an op-ed that the decision to terminate the contract had to do with the district’s academic performance.
“In short, because the district was making either no progress, little progress or even worse, regressing on a majority of the goal progress measures regarding student academic performance on which Mr. Riddick understood and agreed he would be evaluated, we made the unanimous decision to take the first step in seeking a new academic leader for our district,” Davis wrote.