GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education has approved a settlement with former superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, who claims the district owes him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Taylor filed a lawsuit against GRPS alleging it still owed him $330,000 in severance pay. The district initially refused to pay him, according to Taylor's attorney, because of allegations of misconduct and mismanagement.
But at a Tuesday special meeting of the board, a $280,000 settlement was approved.
GRPS spokesman John Helmholdt provided this joint statement regarding the settlement Thursday evening:
"The Grand Rapids Public School District and Dr. Taylor have come to a resolution regarding Taylor's lawsuit against the District. Both parties agree that paying Dr. Taylor $280,000 ends the dispute and puts the interests of their respective constituents to the forefront during these difficult times. The parties have also agreed that this statement speaks for the parties and that neither the parties, nor their attorneys or representatives have any further comment regarding this matter."
Taylor served as GRPS's superintendent from April 2006 through June 2012. He is currently the superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Louisiana.
Also at Tuesday evening's meeting, the board is expected to vote on a proposed contract with teachers that was approved by the teachers union Monday.
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