June Family & Community Letter (6/17/2022)

June 17, 2022

Dear CCSD Families and Community Members:

The spring legislative session was a busy one as it relates to education, especially for CCSD.  Two significant pieces of legislation were transferred to Governor Dunleavy’s desk for signature that will significantly support CCSD’s efforts to improve the educational context we provide our students.

  • First, the legislature provided an additional $57 million dollars in one-time-funding to the Base Student Allocation for the 2022-2023 school year.  If Governor Dunleavy signs this legislation, CCSD is expecting an increase of approximately $236,833 in funding next school year based on our projected enrollment of 229 students in our Craig based schools and 500 in our PACE homeschool program for the 2022-2023 school year.  This additional funding is critical for school districts, especially given the exponential increases in costs we are currently experiencing.
  • Second, the legislature approved $100 million in funding for the Department of Education and Early Development’s Major Maintenance Grant fund. Last September, CCSD submitted two Major Maintenance Grant applications:  The CMS Rehabilitation Project with an estimated cost of  $ 6,297,916 , and 2. The CES Rehabilitation Project  with an estimated cost of $2,117,210.  The CMS Rehabilitation Project will renovate the facility to correct accessibility, security, and other code and condition issues, as well as provide much needed energy efficiency upgrades.  The multi-level floor plan of the building will be simplified to eliminate most of the existing ramps and stairs.  Additionally, the administrative offices and entries will be reconfigured to allow supervision of persons entering the school.  This project will also include new boilers, building controls, lighting, fire alarm, and a video security system.  The CES Rehabilitation Project will reconfigure the administrative offices and commons areas for better security and functionality and reconfigure restrooms for ADA compliance.  The project will also install a new ventilation system and boiler, replace the kitchen exhaust system, install a fire sprinkler system and updated fire alarm, and install openers and access controls for entrances.  Both projects are designed to reduce CCSD’s maintenance and energy costs for both buildings, ultimately providing more monies for student instruction.

Both pieces of legislation are still waiting for Governor Dunleavy’s signature.  If ultimately approved by Governor Dunleavy, CCSD will be well positioned as we move into the upcoming school year and beyond.

Finally, CCSD continues our  PACE homeschool advertising campaign.  This year we are prioritizing Facebook and YouTube advertising targeting Southeast Alaska, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su Borough.  We have also begun experimenting with TikTok to see if this might be a viable platform moving into the future.  During the last couple of years, PACE has substantially increased our enrollment statewide, providing more educational choices for families seeking to develop the best student learning plan tailored to the individual needs of their child(ren).  CCSD is proud to be able to partner with our POW island families as well as our families statewide to improve the educational choices and opportunities for the students we are privileged to serve.  CCSD is extremely proud of the work our staff members do daily to help each of our students exceed their educational goals and aspirations.

CCSD thanks all our parents and community members for your support, collaboration, and guidance.  School districts are truly a reflection of the communities they serve.  Based on the resources and support CCSD receives from our city and island community members we are well positioned to continue improving the educational context we can provide each student every day.  Thank you for a great school year.  We look forward to continuing our  collaborative work during the 2022-23 school year. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the phone number listed above or the email address below if I can provide additional information about any of the items noted in this letter or any other district initiative.  Enjoy your summer!

Sincerely,

Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent                                                             

Email: creitan@craigschools.com