November Family & Community Letter (11/17/2021)

November 17, 2021

Dear CCSD Parents and Community Members;

The holiday season is almost upon us with Thanksgiving one week away followed quickly by our December winter break.  This is always a busy time for families as we all prepare for the holiday season; it is also a busy time for CCSD as we’ve been addressing some major district initiatives. 

First, the four-week, student count period ended on October 22.  The student count period is an important time for all Alaska school districts because it ultimately determines the amount of state funding each school district will receive this school year.  Last year, CCSD’s district-wide student enrollment was 884; CCSD’s enrollment submission this year is 709; 213 students attending our Craig based schools and 496 attending our PACE homeschool/correspondence program.  CCSD is proud to offer our families viable educational choices regardless if they want to attend our community schools full time, attend our community schools part-time and our PACE program part-time, or take full advantage of our PACE homeschool/correspondence program. 

Furthermore, on Friday, November 5, 2021, CCSD received the initial ranking list for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development’s Major Maintenance grant fund.  CCSD submitted two major maintenance grant applications on September 1, 2021.  Out of 97 total grant applications submitted, the Craig Middle School Rehabilitation Project is ranked #2; our Craig Elementary School Rehabilitation Project is ranked #5.  DEED will finalize these ranking in December and then submit the finalized list to the Alaska legislature for their deliberations during the spring legislative session.  CCSD is optimistic that legislative funding for these projects could be forthcoming during the spring legislative session.  The recent uptick in oil prices is providing more revenue to the state than initially predicted which might provide flexibility for some funding for Alaska’s K-12 major maintenance building needs. 

Lastly, CCSD held our fall in-services in November.  CCSD’s Craig based instructional staff engaged in a two-day in-service on November 1 and November 2.  Our in-service focused on supporting all staff with improving CCSD’s special education services especially in relation to how we are providing accommodations and modifications for our special needs students. CCSD’s PACE staff met in Anchorage on November 9 and 10 for PACE’s fall in-service.  The in-service focused on determining specific next steps with PACE’s strategic plan goals and determining next steps to improve PACE’s customer service model and relationships with our families.

If I can provide additional information about the items noted in this communication or any other district initiative, please call me at 826-3274 or email me at the address below.

Sincerely,

Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent                                                                       

Email: creitan@craigschools.com