C-A super makes voluntary concessions

FLINT TWP. — Facing a looming “budget crisis” the Carman-Ainsworth superintendent has offered to make voluntary personal concessions that will save the district 11 percent of his costs.

At the April 16 school board meeting, Steve Tunnicliff asked the Superintendent Contract Committee be convened to consider his offer.

“It obviously is no surprise to the board and probably anybody in our district that we have a significant budget crisis,’‘Tunnicliff said.

“I feel it is appropriate for the superintendent to lead the way in shouldering this responsibility by personally making voluntary concessions.”

He did not elaborate on what concessions would be made but said his new contract will likely to ready for board action at its May 7 meeting.

He went on to say that the board is in a position where it will have to make some serious concessions in the 2013-14 school budget, slated for approval at the end of June.

The district has millage renewals and request for additional funding coming before voters in the May 7 election.

Audits reports estimate the district’s unassigned general fund balance will be about $835,000 as of June 30, down from a $3.1 million at the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year and far less than a $7.5 million reserve a few years ago.

In other business, the board issued an evaluation of Tunnicliff’s first nine months as C-A superintendent, using an evaluation template provided by the state.

Based on a long and glowing list of performance measures, the board gave Tunnicliff an evaluation rating of “highly effective.”

The evaluation comes at time when C-A has “experienced intense pressure from the state in terms of increased expectations and decreased budget,’‘ the written evaluation stated.

Tunnicliff was praised as as an amazing leader at a very difficult time.”

He also was cited for his diligent “In the Loop” communications to staff and for his openness and outreach to the media.

He’s done a “Road Show” to each building to review the budget situation, and his “Day in the Building” is an effort to be accessible to staff.

He is actively involved in the bargaining process, updating board policies and using best practices and outcome based interventions in decisionmaking and planning. He also has roles in the community.

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