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Center Line Public Schools superintendent announces retirement

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published January 24, 2020

 Eve Kaltz, who has been the Center Line Public Schools superintendent since 2009, recently announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.

Eve Kaltz, who has been the Center Line Public Schools superintendent since 2009, recently announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.

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CENTER LINE/WARREN — Earlier this month, Center Line Public Schools Superintendent Eve Kaltz announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.

“It’s been fun, exciting and challenging. I really love our kids and our community. I love the board I work with,” she said. “It’s a really precious district. The city of Center Line and the school district work really well together.”

Kaltz, who began her tenure as the CLPS superintendent in 2009, said making the decision was “super hard.”

“I really have such respect and care for our kids and families,” she said. “They really want to see the kids to be successful. I will for sure miss the kids.”

While at the helm, Kaltz was always looking for the “next best plan.”

“I think I have an ‘everything is possible’ attitude,” Kaltz said. “The most important thing is for us to really get to know our kids so we can meet the needs and dreams of our kids.”

Kaltz was one of those “kids” once upon a time. She is a 1978 graduate of Center Line High School. From there, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oakland University, and her master’s degree in educational administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

Kaltz began working in the district on Sept. 13, 1988, as a teacher, moving between grades two through five to gain an understanding of curriculum alignment. After 13 years in the classroom, she took on the position of an elementary learning consultant in CLPS. She served as the Peck Elementary School principal and also at Crothers Elementary School. Kaltz also served the district in the capacity of director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Under Kaltz’s administration, the district opened the Academy 21 online learning program for middle school and high school students, the Center Line Partnership cooperative home-school arrangement, a partnership with Ford Next Generation Learning, and two academies at CLHS: the Academy of Industry, Technology & Innovation and the Academy of Health and Human Services.

Kaltz has been a member of several educational organizations, including the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership, the District Administration Leadership Institute, the Michigan Institute of Education Management, Michigan CoOp, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Oakland University’s Superintendents’ Academy and the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education.

Kaltz made an impact on those around her.

“Under her leadership, Center Line High School opened wall-to-wall career academies, providing all students exploration of career pathways and practical experiences in order to make informed decisions about their journey after high school,” district Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Lisa Oleski stated in an email. “It has been her passion to keep students at the center of every decision and always strive to do whatever it takes in order to bring opportunities to our school community. Eve graduated from Center Line Public Schools and spent her entire career serving this district; her spirit, courage and determination have been an inspiration and will forever leave an impact on CLPS.”

CLPS Chief Financial Officer Charlie Roddis has known Kaltz since 2010, when he was a district swim coach. Roddis got to know Kaltz better when he began working in the district as an administrator three years ago.

“She cares about the district so much and loves doing what’s best for kids,” Roddis said. “She’s someone who’s easy to look up to and admire.”

Under Kaltz’s direction, Roddis saw innovation in action.

“She was always trying to come up with the next best thing for kids,” Roddis said. “I’m confident she’ll be watchful over the district. She’s a phone call away if someone needs something. I wish her well.”

The school board was scheduled to vote on whether to use the Michigan Association of School Boards, or MASB, in the search for a new superintendent at the Jan. 27 Board of Education meeting, after the Warren Weekly went to press.

The MASB, based in Lansing, is a nonprofit association that offers several services to school boards, including classes, training, strategic planning and workshops.

“That’s the avenue we’re planning on doing. They worked with us in the past with the hiring process,” CLPS Board of Education President Gary Gasowski said last week. “There is a process, and that process will take a while. They have a liaison that works with districts, and they have leadership expertise.”

Gasowski said he felt “sad” when he learned that Kaltz was going to retire.

“She’s done a tremendous job. She’s very, very student-focused,” he said. “She’s made sure every student’s needs are met so they can succeed in the real world.”

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