• Honoring more than 2,400 years of service


    The end of the school year can be bittersweet in many ways.

    While we celebrate the accomplishments of a successful school year, we also recognize that for some of our UCS staff members, this is a time when they will transition from service to retirement.

    The retirement decisions that were made months ago will become official tomorrow – July 1 – when we officially move from the 2022-23 to the 2023-24 school year.

    This year’s retirees represent every employee group in UCS. The earliest starting date is September 4, 1979.

    Collectively, our retirees have more than 2,400 years of service to our community.

    This group has seen it all, and despite the events that occurred over the past few decades in our backyards and across the world, they have been a stable force for our families and our students during times of great change.

    They have grown and adapted to the unique learning styles and personalities that come with each new generation – from generation X to millennials who.

    They have created a new tradition of excellence that will serve our district for generations to come.

    Despite our status as Michigan’s second largest school district, UCS is very much a tight knit community. We may now see our retirees every day, but they remain part of our fabric and are always members of our extended UCS family.

    We are a better place because of their commitment and tireless dedication, and we honor the legacy of their work as we look to inspire remarkable achievement in our future.

    You can view the list of retirees in the video at the top of this column.

    Robert S. Monroe

    Superintendent of Schools