FLINT TWP. — A transition in leadership for Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools entailed three actions by the school board at its meeting last week.
The first was approving the contract for new Superintendent Eddie L. Kindle, who was appointed in early April and will take the helm on June 4. For the past two years, he has served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and human resources.
Secondly, the board appointed Catherine McGilvery as the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and human resources, filling the vacancy created by Kindle’s promotion. McGilvery is currently principle at Rankin Elementary School.
Third, the board saluted outgoing Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff, who attended his final C-A school board meeting last week, having announced his resignation in March, effective June 3.
Kindle’s three-year contract through June 30, 2019 includes a salary of $160,000 per year with benefits including health, disability and life insurance; 24 vacation days annually and reimbursement for professional dues and business expenses.
Kindle’s resume includes certification as a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University; a Michigan Leadership Institute Superintendent Academy Certificate in 2012; Master’s in Educational Leadership from Wayne State in 2005, Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Ferris State University in 1992; State of Michigan Professional Education Certificate in Business and Physical Education and State of Michigan School Administrator Certificate.
McGilvery’s promotion was the unanimous recommendation of a selection committee, Tunnicliff said. She has served the district in several roles including elementary school principal, high school assistant principal, elementary assistant principal an elementary counselor from 1997 to present; Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Community Education, Director of Alternative Education; Adult and Alternative Education Counselor; Adult Education Instructor from 1984-1997.
McGilvery earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from EMU, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Michigan-Flint and a State of Michigan School Administrator Certificate.
In a farewell to Tunnicliff, Board President Patrice Hatcher praised his “exceptional leadership” and said he was “leaving Carman-Ainsworth in far better condition” than he found it.
“When Dr. Tunnicliff took this position, we were facing a severe financial challenge, our enrollment was declining and we were in need of some right sizing,’’ Hatcher said. “
Under Tunnicliff’s leadership, Hatcher said, the district has stabilized its finances, increased enrollment, invested in and acquired grants to implement a districtwide STEM curriculum; built partnerships with higher learning institutions to provide college credits to high school students; earned North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement/ AdvancED accreditation and renewal; implemented restorative practices and started the journey toward cultural proficiency.
She also noted that in 2015 Tunnicliff was named Michigan Association of School Administrator’s Region V Superintendent of the Year.
Tunnicliff worked for the district 12 years including stints as the high school principal and assistant superintendent before being promoted to the top job four years ago. He has accepted a new position as associate superintendent for the Genesee Intermediate School District.