FLINT TWP. —After 12 years with the district including the past four at the helm, Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Dr. Steve Tunnicliff has resigned his position, effective June 3.
He will begin a new job as associate superintendent for the Genesee Intermediate School District, beginning June 6, according to his letter of resignation submitted to the school board last week.
The school board held a special meeting on Tuesday for the purpose of considering a recommendation from its Succession Planning Committee on the process of selecting its next superintendent. The board also is scheduled to hold another special meeting tonight, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. for further action on the succession. School board meetings are open to the public and held at the administration building, G-3475 West Court Street.
Tunnicliff was promoted from assistant superintendent to superintendent in June 2014, succeeding Bill Haley, who resigned to take a new job with Genesee County Catholic Schools.
At that time, Tunnicliff, had worked eight years for the district, starting as high school principal at age 29. His father William H. Tunnicliff is a retired superintendent of the Flushing School District.
In his resignation letter, Tunnicliff praised the board of education for its “unfailing support” while the district recovered from major financial challenges.
“I have also experienced tremendous support and encouragement in efforts to provide opportunities to children that are second to none; from interventions that accelerate students who might be behind to innovative opportunities in fine arts and academia that can catapult students to their future, “he said. “I am truly blessed to have been able to lead and grow in such a high-class organization that serves the most diverse communities in Genesee County.”
Tunnicliff said he is leaving to take on a new challenge and opportunity for him to use his skills to serve more than 60,000 students countywide. He said the job opportunity is coming at an opportune time for him and his family.