A student boards an Inglewood Unified School District bus last February. State education officials took over operation of the struggling school district when it nearly ran out of money. But now the administrator chosen by the state in October to run the district is out.
The California Department of Education announced Friday the resignation of Kent Taylor, the man it appointed to turn around the financially troubled Inglewood Unified School District.
State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson appointed Taylor in October to take over Inglewood Unified from the school board and superintendent. The district was projected to run out of money in the spring of 2013. The school board requested a state loan that triggered a state takeover of the school district.
Torlakson spokesman Paul Hefner said Taylor resigned after the state found out that he had signed financial agreements with the teachers union and a food company without consulting the state officials, and had signed the deals before a major financial audit.
“This being a newly taken over district, the first thing that has to happen before there is any financial commitments made by anyone, that there be a full analysis of the district’s financial picture,” Hefner said.
Taylor had worked as a superintendent and administrator in several Inland Empire school districts before he applied to head Inglewood Unified. That district’s business services chief, La Tanya Kirk-Carter, will take over while the state finds another administrator to run Inglewood Unified.