In June 2012, Bernard Taylor, Jr., Ed.D., became superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, an urban public school district with a student enrollment of more than 43,000 students in grades pre-K-12 at 85 school sites and about 6,250 employees.Prior to this position, Dr. Taylor served six years as superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS), Michiganâ€™s third largest public school district and the second largest employer in the city of Grand Rapids.
While at GRPS
, Dr. Taylor
worked aggressively on implementing academic, instructional and financial reforms to increase student achievement and high school graduation rates and bring the districtâ€™s finances in line with revenue and enrollment.
reported dramatic growth in academic achievement.
Prior to his time with GRPS, Dr. Taylor served as superintendent for the Kansas City Public Schools in Missouri, a district representing a student population similar to that of GRPS.
He also served as executive director for School Leadership while with the Kansas City Public Schools.
n addition, he previously was a principal and a teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Dr. Taylor earned his Doctor of Education, masterâ€™s in Public Administration and bachelorâ€™s degrees from the
Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Education Research and Development Institute and the National Superintendents Roundtable.
Roundtable is limited to an invitation-only membership of 50 superintendents to help school leaders develop a national voice, while providing practical, hands-on training to improve learning outcomes.
This group particularly is interested in broad systemic approaches aimed at closing the racial achievement gap.
In addition, Dr. Taylor is a past member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, the Michigan Association of School Administrators and the Michigan Association of African American Superintendents.
In January 2008, he
was the recipient of the Mayorâ€™s Champion of Diversity Award in recognition of his
contributions toward making
EBRPSS, 1050 S. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, PH 225-922-5400, Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent of Schools