C-A bids farewell to Superintendent Kindle

(Left to right): Cathy McGilvery, Gary Cousins and Eddie Kindle. Photo by Ben Gagnon

(Left to right): Cathy McGilvery, Gary Cousins and Eddie Kindle. Photo by Ben Gagnon

FLINT TWP. — After serving seven years with Carman Ainsworth Community Schools, Eddie Kindle is embarking on a new academic journey with the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD).

Kindle, formerly the CACS superintendent from 2016 to 2021, started his new position as the associate superintendent for the GISD on July 1. He has been succeeded at CACS by Cathy McGilvery, who was appointed to the superintendent position on May 25.

Before his departure, Kindle was given a warm send-off from Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education at the June 29 school board meeting. Carman-Ainsworth School Board President Gary Cousins commended Kindle for his administrative leadership and for coordinating consistent districtwide plans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s safe to say that you’re leaving the district in better shape than when you took over,” Cousins said. “Thank you for the way you led with integrity and for honestly communicating with us as a board.”

Carman-Ainsworth Board Secretary Lisa Koegel thanked Kindle for his time with CACS and wished him the best in his new endeavors with the GISD.

“You carried yourself in your tenure with integrity and professionalism and brought us as a district to a higher level,” she said. “That is something we need to maintain, and I believe we will with (McGilvery).”

For his part, Kindle thanked the board for selecting him to the superintendent’s position and to the community for offering support and insight over the years.

“I’m most grateful for the relationships that I’ve had with so many different people in the district,” he said. “I’ve met some fantastic kids, teachers, administrators and parents who kept me grounded and helped us move things forward.”

Kindle started at CACS in 2014 as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and human resources before accepting the superintendent’s position in 2016. As superintendent, he worked collaboratively with administration to restructure the district’s professional learning objectives and instituted a culturally responsive program called Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity.

Prior to coming to CACS, Kindle worked for the Port Huron Area School District and served for four years as the assistant superintendent of administration, labor relations and operations. During his 21-year tenure with Port Huron, Kindle was a business and physical education teacher at Port Huron High School from 1994-2007; high school assistant principal from 2007-2008; middle school principal from 2008-2010 and assistant superintendent from 2010 to 2014.