March Family & Community Letter (3/3/2022)

March 3, 2022


Dear CCSD Families and Community Members:

The school year keeps rolling along and it is difficult to believe we are already in the month of March. This time of year is always a special time because our students are presented with an abundance of opportunities to highlight their learning and to expand their educational horizons.

In February, CCSD students had the privilege of engaging in the statewide Academic Decathlon and Battle of the Books competitions. Our teams performed well. The Craig Elementary and Middle School also hosted our schoolwide spelling bee with students from grades 3 - 8 competing. Our students always represent themselves and our community very well. CCSD couldn’t be prouder of our students’ academic accomplishments and the balance our students display managing their school-based and family responsibilities.

Please note that there is no school on March 10 and 11. CCSD staff members will be engaged in our district in-service focused on helping the district take our next steps with improving trauma-informed practices. CCSD is excited to be able to partner with Community Connections and the POW Health Network on our in-service and bring exceptional trauma informed presenters from the America School Counseling Association, Brightways Learning, Community Connections, the Alaska Training Cooperative, and the UAA Center for Human Development to our staff. In-services are important times for school districts. They provide the space for our staff members to learn together and determine important next steps to collectively take to better support our student and family clientele.

Additionally, CCSD is excited about the progress we have made to date on our Craig High School (CHS) biomass project. It has been a goal of the district and this community to update our high school heating system to include a wood chip biomass boiler. The CHS biomass heat project will allow the district to contain the majority of our heat costs on the island, support our local economy, and invest to a greater degree in a renewable, sustainable fuel source for our three school buildings in Craig. The Craig High School biomass project has secured additional funding from the Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy Investment (SASSI) fund. The SASSI funding coupled with approximately $500,000 from an Alaska Energy Authority grant, and $355,000 that the CCSD Board appropriated as our participating share with the Alaska Energy Authority Grant provides the necessary funding to move forward with this project. Once the project agreements with SASSI are finalized, CCSD will develop a project timeline for the bid process and construction. At this time, we are anticipating a fall 2022 bid process with construction scheduled for the summer of 2023.

If I can provide additional information about the items noted in this letter, or any other district program or initiative, please contact me at the phone number above or the email address below.

Sincerely,

Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent 

Email: creitan@craigschools.com