MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Midland Independent School District school board officially announced the hiring of new superintendent Orlando Riddick. They had to wait 21 days after naming him the lone finalist. Riddick says he's ready to get started.
After months of searching, MISD got their guy. Orlando Riddick was most recently in the Dallas area, Cedar Hill ISD, but all of his past is what the board likes the most and that's why they asked him to join.
"He has experience and the proven track record of doing so collaboratively with teaching and learning staff and with teachers and the community," said Rick Davis, President of the Board of Trustees. "That's something that was very important to the community and very important to us."
The MISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint him Tuesday morning. Riddick says he's ready for the challenge ahead of him and the district.
"How could you not be excited about joining professionals that are passionate about what they do?" said Riddick.
Riddick said he has a lot of goals going in, including making school exciting for kids again, improving the literacy in the district and growing teachers within the district. He says with this and much more that he plans to do, he hopes to make MISD the choice for residents in the city.
"You will consider MISD as your option. I've been in a number of communities where the neighborhood school was not the considered option. I will tell you, MISD will be one of your top options, it will be one of the ones you will choose," said Riddick.
After the meeting, Riddick and his family stayed for an executive session.
Riddick's first day will officially be July 1. There's still a long road before then, he is going to be involved in meetings for the next few weeks.