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At superintendent's request, contract review pulled

2 years 1 month 3 days ago December 19, 2014 Dec 19, 2014 Friday, December 19 2014 December 19, 2014 5:50 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - A member of the East Baton Rouge Parish school board pulled her request Thursday to extend the contract of the district's departing superintendent.

Mary Lynch said at Thursday night's board meeting she wanted to withdraw her item at the request of Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract is up in July 2015.

Taylor did not want to talk about it, instead said it was a "personal discussion."

Lynch requested the board reconsider extending the contract in an email sent Monday to board president David Tatman and vice president Tarvald Smith. She originally voted with the board not to renew Taylor's contract, but said earlier this week she didn't have all the facts at the time.

Thursday, Lynch said she was not fair when she voted months ago, and wanted to give Taylor more time as superintendent to do his job.

"Your life is a series of chapters and you end one, you start another one," she said. "At any point in time you have the opportunity to rewrite them. So as a person, as a person not a board member, I felt like I had done wrong and it was a way for me to make restitution. With him at the helm, we have just seen growth."

The district performance did improve slightly under Taylor. Lynch said the door isn't closed, and even though her time on the board is almost up, the conversation between her and Taylor is still open.

Lynch was appointed in May to fill the seat held by Randy Lamana, who died of an apparent heart attack in April. Lynch represents the extreme northeast area of East Baton Rouge Parish on the school board.

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