Bernard Taylor sad GRPS dispute turned into lawsuit

11:22 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The former superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools says he is sad his dispute with the district over severance pay has turned into a lawsuit. It's Dr. Bernard Taylor's first public comments since suing the district.

Taylor claims he never received more than $330,000 in severance pay last June. Taylor's lawyer says GRPS refused to make the payment, citing claims of mismanagement and misconduct while Taylor worked for the district.

In an interview with the Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Taylor says, "I tried to resolve this in a way that was amicable and professional, and those efforts were rebuffed."

Taylor is now superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

According to the Advocate, Taylor says he enjoyed his time in Grand Rapids and hopes to reach a settlement with his former district.

A spokesman for Grand Rapids Public Schools says the district has no comment on the lawsuit.

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