FLINT (WJRT) (3/13/2018) - The Flint Community Schools Board of Education has placed its three top administrators on leave, as the district accelerates a transition to new leadership.
Superintendent Bilal Tawwab, the assistant superintendent and general counsel all were placed on administrative leave on Tuesday. The Board of Education is planning to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to appoint an interim superintendent.
Security was on-site as the administrators left the building, but they did not escort anyone from the building.
“The Flint Community Schools Board of Education has decided to move forward immediately in the process of identifying the next leader for the district," said Board of Education President Diana Wright.
After appointing an interim superintendent, she said board members plan to launch a search for the district's next superintendent.
Tawwab was hired in the fall of 2015. He informed school board members in February that he did not want an extension of his contract when it expires after the 2018-2019 school year.
Tawwab, who made more than $165,000 in base salary in 2016, previously worked as an assistant superintendent for Detroit Public Schools.
Tawwab's tenure in the top position for Flint schools has been turbulent, marked by fallout from the Flint water crisis, building maintenance issues and continued shrinking enrollment.
The student count fell from 5,412 in 2015-2016 to 4,883 last year and even farther this fall.
The school board tasked him in December with developing a plan to shutter Flint Northwestern High School when the current school year ends -- the latest fallout from shrinking enrollment. That means all high schoolers will attend the Flint Southwestern campus in the fall.