KIPP Receives $5,000 award from Ron Hutter of GE

Lynn, MA- December 17, 2019- Ron Hutter, Vice President- Turboshaft Engine Sales at GE Aviation, and KIPP Massachusetts Fund Board President, was honored with a career achievement award at GE Aviation’s Annual Leadership Meeting. He received the Military Systems Operation Customer Advocacy Award in recognition of his career achievements in building strong customer relationships, advocating for customers and finding solutions that have both satisfied their needs and delivered significant sales growth for GE Aviation. Ron is the Sales Executive leading Military Engine and Services Sales for GE. He has worked at GE for 34 years and at Lynn’s GE location for 12 years.

The award comes with a $5,000 donation to the non-profit of the winner’s choice, and Ron has generously decided to choose KIPP Massachusetts as the recipient. Ron has been involved with KIPP Massachusetts for the past twelve years. He has coordinated volunteer events based on STEM education and participated in STEM events at KIPP and in Lynn. He has also served as the KIPP Massachusetts Fund Board President for the past two years. On December 17th, Ron presented the award to KIPP MA students.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director says, “Ron deeply believes in the power and potential of the students and families of Lynn. Since he first arrived at GE Aviation, Ron has been a champion for our students, providing opportunities for field learning, connecting GE volunteers to schools, and increasing access for science and engineering.”

KIPP Students Continue to Achieve at High Levels and Achieve Substantial Growth

Across all schools, KIPPsters excelled on the MCAS in 2019. KALE’s founding class of kindergarteners took the third grade MCAS for the first time in 2019. Eighty percent of those students Met or Exceeded expectations in ELA, making KALE the third-ranked charter school in the state and eighth-ranked among districts in 3rd Grade ELA. KALE’s performance was on par with districts like North Reading and Hingham, which have a dramatically lower percent of students classified as high-needs (25% and 16%, respectively, versus 71%).

KABE had particularly high performance in 4th grade Math, with 74% of students Meeting or Exceeding Standards, compared to 49% statewide. KABE 4th graders were the first class of KABE kindergarteners, showing the compounding value of a KIPP education. We are excited to see what these students accomplish in 5th grade and beyond.

KAL 5th graders outperformed the state in ELA, Math, and Science in their first year at KIPP. Compared to their performance in 4th grade at other schools, 15% more students Met/Exceeded expectations in ELA and 14% more Met/Exceeded expectations in Math.

At KAB, 8th grade students improved over their 7th grade performance, with 10% more students Meeting/Exceeding Expectations in Math and 12% more Meeting/Exceeding Expectations in ELA.

KALC students performed well on the Next Generation MCAS, where the proficiency rate across the state in ELA dropped from 91% to 70%. KALC students outperformed the state in ELA, Science, and Math. Eighty percent of KALC 9th and 10th graders met Math standards, while statewide only 58% of students met the standards.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director says, “We are excited by our students’ progress and achievement on the MCAS. We are also thrilled to see the growth that Lynn, Boston, and other charters made this year. We are all working towards the day when every student in the Commonwealth is able to realize a choice-filled life through their education.”

“Over the past few years, we have increased clarity and focus around the alignment of academic design and school culture,” Dolan says. “Our students, families, and staff have worked to create an environment where all students can thrive. KIPP is also proud to have 50% of our teachers, leaders, and staff identify as people of color, an increase from 15% in 2010. This diversity makes us a stronger organization and better able to serve our students.”