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March 24, 2016

Early Childhood Programs Staff Needed

The Genesee Intermediate School District is expanding its early childhood programs to serve the educational needs of children affected by the Flint water emergency. More details about program eligibility can be found here.

The expansion of preschool programming has resulted in the need for early childhood educators and support staff, including custodial and transportation positions. The available positions are perfect for current educators, college students, and even retirees and seniors who wish to supplement their income.

If you know of someone who may qualify or be interested in working with preschoolers, please look for the job posting link at These positions are ready to be filled. Thank you for spreading the information.

Introducing Genesee Opportunity

Genesee Opportunity (GO) is an August 2, 2016, ballot initiative to provide a jump start stipend for all high school graduates to apply toward costs of attending approved colleges and training institutions, certifications, tests, and other preparation opportunities. Learn more about GO at More information to come!

Genesee Creation Corner Temporarily Closed

The Genesee Creation Corner (GCC) was closed effective March 18 to make room for much needed cosmetology classroom space. It will remain closed until mid-summer, while our organization works to establish a new location and redefine GCC’s future services.

Poster printing orders and lamination, two of the most used GCC services, will be available to GISD programs during the closure at the Erwin L. Davis Education Center. We apologize, but personal orders cannot be fulfilled during the closure. GISD program orders can be placed by email at, or by calling 591-4476.

The current GCC location will be converted to classroom and salon space for cosmetology students as part of the next phase of the Genesee Career Institute (GCI) campus renovations. The renovation of the space will allow GCI to welcome its second-year cosmetology students back to campus; and provide an opportunity for those students to gain real-world experience in an innovative setting while earning their cosmetology license.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the temporary closing of GCC may cause. We will be sure to inform you of the re-opening date and new location when that information becomes available. Please contact Communications and Development at 591-4425 with any questions you may have. Thank you for your patience and understanding during our improvements.

Donate Your Soles Fundraiser Extended

Our Transition Center staff and students wish to thank everyone who has participated in the shoe drive. So far, almost 1,000 pairs of new or gently worn shoes have been collected. The goal is to collect 1,500 more pairs of shoes by April 11! This shoe drive not only provides funds for Transition Center programs, but also aids impoverished nations to start or maintain a small business to provide basic needs for families. In addition, this keeps shoes out of our landfills and adds to our green efforts in Genesee County. If you would like to participate, drop off new or gently worn shoes at the Transition Center or in the designated drop box at your facility. Thank you!

Students Experience Real World Finances

Students from Genesee Career Institute’s VEI Entrepreneur program recently participated in the first annual Financial Reality Fair. The Financial Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students. The concept provides a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own.

During the event, students identified their career choice and starting salaries; then were asked to complete a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Additional expenditures such as entertainment and travel were factored in as well. Volunteers from Genesee County credit unions participated in the fair by operating the various stations the students visited to help them prepare for the financial realities of independent living. Then, the credit union representatives acted as financial counselors by working with each student to review their plan. Students had this to say about the experience:

“Made me really think what I could afford on that salary.”

“I learned I can’t have everything I want once I leave college.”

“I think every student should go through this experience.”

Throughout the fair, there were many temptations for additional spending, which also helped students learn the importance of balancing their wants versus needs necessary to live on their own.

Navigator Crew Update

The GISD Navigator crews have been working diligently to establish best practices and innovative ways to support our organization's desire for excellence in the delivery of all of its programs and services. As a result, many great opportunities for professional improvement and engagement with the organization and those we serve have become available to us.

Listed below is a recap of some of those opportunities developed by the Leadership, Service, Innovation, and Communication Crews. Follow the links to find more information about each topic, as published in previous issues of InnerViews and on the GISD website.


Kahoot Game

Submit Your Innovative Idea

Weekly Line-Ups

You are also encouraged to enjoy this new infographic developed by the Service Crew!

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Employee Honored with STAR Award

Kelly Sherbino, Head Custodian for Head Start/GSRP, was recently recognized at a GISD Board of Education meeting with the STAR Award! The colleague that nominated her noted, “Kelly is dependable, competent, and always goes beyond the call of duty. She has come in on her days off to help solve problems that are occurring in our buildings, is prompt in her responses, and never hesitates to take on a challenge." She has led a team of custodial staff that are constantly learning and care about providing positive environments. She empowers them to lead and make decisions for the betterment of the buildings they serve. The nominator also mentioned that Kelly has been innovative in ways to make sure buildings are cleaned with consistency and precision. She never hesitates to do whatever it takes to exceed the expectations of her staff. Congratulations for this honor, and thank you for exemplifying the GISD mission, Kelly!

The STAR award recognition program is open to all employees. To nominate a staff member, simply complete the nomination form that is available in the Staff Resources area of the GISD website and in the main office of GISD school buildings.

New Arrival

Congratulations to Bruce Holladay, GCI Digital Media Arts instructor, on the birth of his son. Bruce and his wife, Jennie, welcomed Emerson Robert on March 14. GCI staff report that mom, Emerson, and dad, are doing great!

Genesee Intermediate School District

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