- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board plans to determine Superintendent Bernard Taylor’s future with the district during its Thursday meeting.

Taylor, who started in 2012, has almost completed two years of a three-year contract, which expires in June 2015.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1pAhDoH ) the board is considering whether to: extend the contract for a year or more; let Taylor’s contract expire as scheduled at the end of three years; or press for an early exit for the educator.

The board is considering whether to: extend the contract for a year or more; let Taylor’s contract expire as scheduled at the end of three years; or press for an early exit for the educator.

The trigger for the discussion is a provision in Taylor’s contract requiring that the board inform him before the end of his second year, which is June 30, whether it will “extend or not extend” his contract. The idea is to give the superintendent a full year to land a new job if the board doesn’t want him to stay.

Only two board members, Craig Freeman and Evelyn Ware-Jackson, have expressed interest in extending Taylor’s contract. That’s a sign of how far Taylor’s star has fallen in the 24 months he’s run the second-largest public school district in Louisiana, which has almost 42,000 students.

The remaining nine board members are debating whether to let him finish out the remaining year or to find a way to get him to leave sooner. The surest way to get him to leave early would be to buy him out.

Board Vice President Tarvald Smith said he’s leaning toward letting Taylor finish his contract, saying while he’s not perfect, Taylor has performed well on some of the bigger issues on his plate. Smith is leery of a third party paying for a buyout.

“What’s the price for that money?” Smith asked.

Freeman is staunchly opposed to a buyout.

“In a year when we’re not giving raises and cutting core personnel, I can’t imagine doing a buyout,” Freeman said. “It’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.”

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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