2018-09-13 / Front Page

Lieske announces resignation at board meeting

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

DAVISON — Davison Schools Superintendent Eric Lieske read his letter of resignation Monday night and announced his intention to leave the district at the end of the year to take another job.

Joining Davison schools as a teacher in 1996, Lieske, a Davison High School graduate, said he was proud of his 20-plus years of service. He has been superintendent since 2010 following the resignation of Clay Perkins.

He said the staff at Davison schools have made a difference with students these past years.

“Davison Community Schools has been a part of my life since I entered kindergarten,” said Lieske. “I have a deep, deep appreciation for this amazing school district and I will always feel proud to have been a part of it. The schools are great because of the amazing staff members and board education members who continue to make decisions in the best interest of children. Although I will not be working here anymore, I will always be one of the school district’s biggest cheerleaders.”

Lieske completed his student teaching and was a long term substitute teacher at Davison before officially beginning his career teaching fifth graders at Hahn Intermediate. He taught for four years before becoming an administrator, serving as assistant principal at Hahn and Davison Middle School and principal at Central Elementary.

Lieske also served three years as the Assistant Superintendent before he was named Superintendent in 2010.

He said he will leave his duties as superintendent Dec. 31 to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Flint Cultural Center Academy, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

“I’ll be working to revitalize the Flint community,” he said. “But I’ll always be a Davison Cardinal. It has been my honor to lead such a school district.

“We wish him well but it’s a sad day for Davison Community Schools,” said Board President Kathy Sudia. “This is a huge loss for us. Superintendent Lieske is the one who was responsible for introducing our ‘Kids First’ mission and he truly lives and breathes that mission every day. I am sure that he will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of all the kids he serves.”

The Flint Cultural Center Academy, a $35 million project currently under construction in the Flint Cultural Center, released a statement Tuesday announcing Lieske’s appointment to be their CEO.

“We’re excited for Eric to play an integral role in the development of our public, nonprofit charter school,” said Mark Sinila, chief operating officer for the Flint Cultural Center Corporation. “His deep educational experience will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Flint Cultural Center Academy, and we look forward to his leadership and vision as we work toward welcoming students next year.”

Expected to open in time for the start of the 2019/20 school year, the Flint Cultural Center Academy will offer students a unique educational experience that features daily activities and programs at the Cultural Center institutions — the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library, Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum and The Whiting.

“The revitalization in the Flint community is great to see, and I’m more than excited to become a part of this effort while leading the new Flint Cultural Center Academy,” said Lieske. “This school has tremendous potential to offer great educational opportunities for kids.”

In the first year, the Academy will enroll a total of up to 300 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The following school year, as the fifth-graders advance, grade six will be added, then grade seven in year three, and grade eight in year four.

At that point, the Academy would enroll a total of up to 675 students each school year in grades K–8.

Enrollment will be open to students living in Flint, Genesee County and — in accordance with state law for public charter schools — elsewhere in Michigan. If enrollment applications for a particular grade outnumber the available seats, students will be chosen by a lottery system.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has committed up to $35 million to cover the costs of designing, constructing and outfitting the school, as well as making related improvements to the Cultural Center campus. The Foundation also awarded an additional grant of $392,500 to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation to support initial implementation of the Academy. That grant will cover costs such as curriculum design, hiring of key personnel and technology.

Details: Visit fccacademy.org.

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