Former Peck to become the Eve Kaltz Academy 21 and Special Programs Center

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published January 13, 2021

 The former Peck Elementary School will be renamed the Eve Kaltz Academy 21 and Special Programs Center in honor of retired superintendent Eve Kaltz.

The former Peck Elementary School will be renamed the Eve Kaltz Academy 21 and Special Programs Center in honor of retired superintendent Eve Kaltz.

File photo by David Schreiber

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WARREN/CENTER LINE — Retired Center Line Public Schools Superintendent Eve Kaltz knew something was up when she was contacted by the district to attend the Jan. 4 Board of Education meeting held virtually.

She made sure to log on to the meeting in which she learned the former Peck Elementary School located on Engleman Road will be named in her honor. At the meeting, the school board voted 7-0 to pass a resolution to rename the building the Eve Kaltz Academy 21 and Special Programs Center.

“Congratulations to Eve,” Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Shannon McBrady said. “It is an honor that is certainly well deserved.”

Academy 21 is a hybrid virtual learning program. The coursework is delivered online, and students work individually at their own pace. The program was originally for secondary students, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is now available to elementary students.

“I was extremely touched and extremely honored to have my name on the building where I taught and was a principal in,” Kaltz said.

Kaltz is a 1978 graduate of Center Line High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oakland University, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

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

In January 2020, Kaltz announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020. However, because of COVID-19, the search for a new superintendent went a bit longer than expected. During a Zoom video conferencing virtual meeting July 29, the school board voted 7-0 to appoint Joseph Haynes as the district’s new superintendent. Kaltz’s husband, Marty, has been retired for 10 years, so she decided now was the time for her to retire.

“It was a hard decision on so many levels,” she said.

The couple moved to Gladwin in northern Michigan. They have six grandchildren with a seventh on the way. Kaltz also spends her time doing advocacy work for a group of superintendents, and she is working on a book about her years in education.

While enjoying retirement, Kaltz fondly looks back on her years with the district.

“I absolutely loved Center Line,” the educator said. “I just really miss the kids and so many of the people I worked with. I miss the community.”

The new Peck Elementary School, built on the former Center Line High School outdoor track, was expected to open Jan. 14. The new school building also will house the district’s Early Childhood Center, which will move from its current location on Cunningham Street in Warren.

The ECC building also will undergo renovations via the bond issue, which is where Roose Elementary School in Warren will relocate. Once the move occurs, the Roose building on Masch Avenue will be demolished. The building changes are all part of the many projects funded under the district’s $53.95 million bond issue that passed in November 2017.

According to district records, the Peck building was named in honor of May V. Peck, who was born in Warren and devoted her life to teaching in the Warren area. According to the timeline, Peck’s first teaching position was at North School on Mound Road, and she later taught at the East School and Monfort School, no longer in existence.  

The timeline states she began teaching in Center Line Public Schools in 1925, teaching in the high school and Ellis School as a remedial reading teacher for all elementary grades. She retired in 1957.

In 1960, voters approved $2.5 million for the building of the May V. Peck Elementary School, the Mark Roose Elementary School, the Glenn H. Wolfe Junior High School, and an addition to the senior high school. The May V. Peck Elementary School was dedicated Feb. 24, 1963, and passed final inspection on March 5, 1963, according to records.

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