Superintendent http://michiganradio.org en Former Grand Rapids schools superintendent gets $280,000 to settle lawsuit with district http://michiganradio.org/post/former-grand-rapids-schools-superintendent-gets-280000-settle-lawsuit-district <p>Bernard Taylor Jr. ran what’s now the state’s fifth-largest K-12 district for five years.</p><p>Eventually, Taylor and some members of the school board did not get along very well. By in the spring of 2011, it became clear Taylor was looking for a new job. He agreed to resign that summer and ended up signing a severance package.</p><p>But last month Taylor sued, claiming the district never paid him.&nbsp; He calculated GRPS owed him $330,000 including lawyer’s fees.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:23:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11885 at http://michiganradio.org Former Grand Rapids schools superintendent gets $280,000 to settle lawsuit with district Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new, temporary, superintendent http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-public-schools-has-new-temporary-superintendent <p>Former superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-superintendent-resigns">had planned to&nbsp;resign by the end of the school year</a>. But&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;night the school board of Michigan&rsquo;s third largest public school district voted unanimously to grant Taylor an immediate leave of absence.</p><p>In June 2011, Taylor agreed to resign from Grand Rapids schools by June 2012. That agreement came after he was a finalist for other jobs beginning last spring. It&rsquo;s unclear why Taylor asked to leave now. The request came in an official letter dated December 27<sup>th</sup>. He&rsquo;ll use all of his vacation and sick days left. The district would have had to pay him for those anyway.</p><p>&nbsp;GRPS spokesman John Helmholdt says Taylor is deferring all comments to the school board president.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know if relief is the is the word,&rdquo; Grand Rapids school board president Senita Lenear responded to reporters after the meeting, &ldquo;but we definitely are looking at this as an opportunity.&rdquo; Wed, 04 Jan 2012 03:31:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5624 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new, temporary, superintendent Grand Rapids wants help defining "superintendent profile" http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-wants-help-defining-superintendent-profile <p>The search for the next superintendent of Grand Rapids schools is underway. The school board voted unanimously to work with the Kent Intermediate School District and the Michigan Association of School Boards to develop traits the district needs in a new leader; a &ldquo;superintendent profile&rdquo;.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 01:47:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4216 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids wants help defining "superintendent profile" Grand Rapids schools leader finalist for job in Florida http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-leader-finalist-job-florida <p>Bernard Taylor agreed to resign from Grand Rapids schools at the end of this school year. That agreement came after he was a finalist for other jobs beginning last spring. He didn&rsquo;t get any of those jobs.</p><p>Now <a href="http://www.browardschools.com/superintendent/supnews.htm">he&rsquo;s looking to head Broward County Public Schools </a>&ndash; the sixth biggest district in the U.S.</p><p>Taylor will attend a public forum in Broward County Tuesday evening. The school board is likely to make its choice Wednesday morning. He&rsquo;s one of five finalists for the position.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:03:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4063 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids schools leader finalist for job in Florida State Superintendent Mike Flanagan to stay on the job http://michiganradio.org/post/state-superintendent-mike-flanagan-stay-job <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-5373---,00.html">Michigan Board of Education</a> has extended the contract of state Superintendent of Public Instruction <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6526-121770--,00.html">Mike Flanagan</a>, the Associated Press reports. The AP reports:</p><blockquote><p>The decision means Flanagan will remain on the job until 2014. The extension doesn&#39;t come with a salary increase for Flanagan, who currently earns $183,995.</p></blockquote><p>Flanagan was first appointed State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2005. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:31:26 +0000 Zoe Clark 1559 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Schools superintendent finalist for opening in New York http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-superintendent-finalist-opening-new-york <p>Grand Rapids Public Schools&rsquo; <a href="http://www.grpublicschools.org/superintendent">Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor</a> is <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/march1pressrelease.doc">one of two finalists</a> for an opening at a school district in New York.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:56:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1457 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Schools superintendent finalist for opening in New York