BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has approved incoming Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract.

Taylor will receive an annual base salary of $225,000 per year, plus incentives for school system improvement.

Board members approved the contract by a 10-0 vote Thursday.

The contract is for three years and 12 days, allowing Taylor to start work June 18.

In addition to his annual salary, The Advocate reports ( ) Taylor will receive annual raises of 3 percent as long as he receives a favorable evaluation. He will also be eligible for a performance bonus of up to $10,000 each year, and will receive car and technology allowances.

The base salary is about 12 percent more than Taylor was making as superintendent of the Grand Rapids, Mich., school system. Grand Rapids has about 18,000 students, less than half of the 43,000 students in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Taylor has been on academic leave from Grand Rapids since late December. His base salary is roughly the same as former Superintendent John Dilworth was making on his last day, Feb. 23.


Information from: The Advocate,