C-A Superintendent reflects on highs and lows of school year

FLINT TWP. — A report card on the 2012-13 school year from Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff highlighted negatives and positives.

On the down side, the district was facing significant financial challenges this year. But, as a result of unprecedented concessions from its employee unions, the district has shaved more than $2.9 million from its 2013-14 expenses alone, Tunnicliff said in an open letter to district parents.

Contract agreements reflecting those savings have been ratified with the teachers, administrators, and food service workers and are under negotiation with support staff and transportation units.

“These agreements are a testament to the fact that our employee groups have put the district, our community and our students ahead of themselves,” Tunnicliff said. “Members have recognized the need for our district to become fiscally stable and offered their support. In many districts across the State of Michigan, negotiations such as these result in everything but collaboration and mutual respect.”

On the positive side, Tunnicliff noted that:

•C-A Food Service employees provided 809,797 meals to children districtwide;

•C-A Bus Drivers safely transported students over 560,000 miles;

•C-A Support Staff successfully transitioned to an entirely new Student Records System which included updating over 4,500 student records (including residence, emergency contacts, medical information, and student schedules, just to name a few);

•C-A teachers, tutors, paraprofessionals and administrators took ownership for ensuring that all students made a year’s worth of growth, regardless of what level they entered our classrooms.

•The C-A Class of 2013 earned $2.8 million in scholarship offers;

•Two Robotics Teams (FRC and FTC) from C-A High School earned the right to compete in the World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, MO;

•C-A High School Junior, Erick VanDuyne was a National Merit Qualifier;

•207 C-A Middle School students earned high school credits before even entering 9th grade;

•C-A elementary students placed 3rd in the Genesee County Book Bowl Competition;

•Randels Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team qualified for the State Finals.

Beyond the classroom, C-A gave back to the community by providing Thanksgiving dinner for needy families; adopting families to support with gifts during the holiday season; donating to those in need during the winter months, and holding various fundraisers to support Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Heavenly Hats and Pennies for Patients (supporting cancer patients), The Whaley Children’s Center, tornado victims in Oklahoma and disaster cleanup from local tornados — Rhonda Sanders

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