GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Former Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor has filed a complaint in federal court against the district. Taylor claims GRPS owes his over $330,000 as a severance payment and other legal fees.
The complaint was filed Thursday afternoon by his attorney in Grand Rapids.
According to the complaint, Taylor says that the severance agreement was agreed upon in June 2012 and would account for 18 months of salary from July 2012 through 2013.
Taylor stepped down in January 2012, but was not permanently replaced until June.
According to the complaint, the Grand Rapids Public Schools have not made any payments to Taylor because of claims of mismanagement and misconduct during his active service as superintendent. Taylor's attorney says in a press statement that the district's claims are either false or greatly exaggerated.
Taylor's attorney also says in the release that they are "sympathetic to the school district's current budget challenges," and have tried to enter into mediation with the district to no avail.