Flint schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab leaving after next school year

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FLINT (WJRT) (2/2/2018) - Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab has informed the school board that he intends to step down after the next school year.

Tawwab's employment contract with the district ends after the 2018-2019 school year and he has told board members that he is not interested in seeking an extension.

Tawwab, who made more than $165,000 in base salary in 2016, joined came to work for Flint Community Schools in the fall of 2015, just a few weeks before classes started. Before that, he 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.

The Flint school board issued a statement Friday saying it plans to "work closely with community partners" to initiate a search for the district's next superintendent.

Specifics on when the search would begin were not announced.

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