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Parents talking about future of Grand Rapids school's leader

Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio
GRPS School Board President Senita Lenear and Superintendent Bernard Taylor held a press conference after Cleveland Metropolitian Schools passed Taylor up for a job on June 7th, 2011.

A decision on the future of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent has been delayed again.

Despite no comments from the school board, several residents and parents talked about Taylor’s future. Tyrone Bynum admits he has not always gotten along with Taylor.

“My focus is what’s good for the kids. And I think we’ve got a winning team. And we can’t afford right now a new superintendent with paying that one and him too…this brother is expensive,” Bynum chuckled.

If they chose the option - it would cost Grand Rapids schools around $1 million dollars to buy out the remaining four year of Taylor’s contract.

The school board met twice Monday, once in a private morning meeting and a public one later in the evening. They did not approve Taylor’s evaluation for last school year or discuss the fact that’s he’s applied for jobs at other school districts.

Taylor didn’t get either of the jobs, and his current contract in Grand Rapids runs through the summer of 2015. Many are calling on the school board to have a public discussion about Taylor’s future at Michigan's third largest school district.

Eric Foster said he hated to do it – but compared running a school district to running a business in regards to its chief executive.

“If you know that you have a good executive that is looking, you don’t get prohibitive or get into retribution… you recognize that talent and you do what you can to keep them here.”

School Board President Senita Lenear and Superintendent Taylor say they expect the board will at least approve his evaluation by the end of this month.

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