Senita Lenear http://michiganradio.org en 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