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Grand Rapids schools' superintendent resigns

Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio
Board President Senita Lenear takes questions from the media following the vote. Bernard Taylor did not attend. He issued a written statement.

Grand Rapids Superintendent Bernard Taylor is resigning. The school board accepted his resignation this afternoon by a unanimous vote.

Superintendent Bernard Taylor was a recent finalist for two open positions at other school districts. He says he wants to lead a school district that’s more prepared for aggressive reform to improve student achievement.

Taylors resignation is not effective until one year from now.

Taylor was not at the meeting. In a written statement, Taylor says he appreciated the time and 'careful deliberations' of the board of education.

"While the time has come for me to pursue other opportunities, make no mistake that I am and will remain focused on our students, improving student achievement, and implementing the necessary reforms to keep GRPS moving in the right direction."

The agreement includes 18 months pay, 12 months of benefits, and 2 years annuity payments.

He has agreed to stay on until June 30th, 2012.

Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio’s investigative reporter. She previously served as Michigan Radio’s Morning News Editor and West Michigan Reporter.