Former GRPS Superintendent Taylor fired again

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Bernard Taylor when he was superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools. (FOX 17 file photo)

BATON ROUGE, La. —  A bad report card.

That’s what the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board gave their superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., before voting not to renew his contract last month. According to WBRZ, that contract was scheduled to run out in June 2015.  Taylor informed them he did not intend to stay.

According to the school board in Baton Rouge, they were often at odds with Taylor and considered him combative. They gave him an overall composite performance score of 2.27 out of 4 for the 2013-14 school year.

If the story sounds familiar, it should.

The Grand Rapids Public School Board had a similar experience with Dr. Taylor, who served as superintendent from 2006 to 2012.  Taylor sued the district for $330,600 in severance when the board decided not to pay him severence, citing mismanagement.

GRPS eventually agreed to a $260,000 settlement.

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  • UnCommon Sense

    It’s pretty obvious that this guy needs to find a different profession, cus he apparently isn’t good at what he’s been doing. I just hope if he tries to get in another district that they do a thorough background search on him and actually contact the previous districts. He’ll probably have to go further than 1000 miles away next time, since that probably won’t work again. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next news you hear on him is him suing this Baton Rouge district if/when they don’t pay out every last cent he thinks he’s owed. Newsflash: He’s not worth it.

  • Hayley

    It didn’t take gr six years to figure it out. They knew exactly what he was doing and how he was treating people. It was accepted, tolerated and even encouraged. If you read some of the letters employees in Baton Rouge wrote they could have been taken straight from GR. Intimidation, fear, and health issues related to the stress due to this man and his entourage.

  • sean lancaster

    To be fair, he was hired in two consecutive inner city districts where just about any superintendent is going to either make waves and look mediocre to poor or not make waves and look mediocre to poor.

  • Spqr

    I work in Baton Rouge and I can tell you he’s the worst bastard I have ever worked with. Test scores are down, violence is up, and the turnover of teachers is the worst I have ever seen in 30 years. Morale is crap. Wages are frozen. And the intimidation by students of teachers is accepted by Taylor.

  • Marlon Cousin

    This ‘person’ is not qualified to be Superintendent of Sanitation! The worst Superintendent we have ever had in Baton Rouge. We went through three years of hell! No one here liked or respected him and his little dumb boyfriend Marvin Trotter.