June Family & Community Letter (6/2/23)

June 2, 2023


Dear CCSD Families and Community Members:

As CCSD prepares to wrap up the 2022-2023 school year next week, it’s important that we recognize our long-term employees for their significant contributions to CCSD, our community, and our island-wide community. Deanna Claus, Cindy Glore, and Josh Andrews have all made the significant decision to retire at the end of this school year. Each of them has tirelessly served this district for multiple decades, helping shape the future of our island students. It’s also important to recognize an employee who chose to join our staff two years ago and complete her educational career with CCSD. Pam Grieve will also be retiring at the end of this school year. We couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative for her willingness to join the staff and support our students and families during the last two years. Please take time when you see each of them to thank them for their service and dedication to our students over the years with CCSD. We are fortunate to have so many high quality, exceptional educators who have chosen to live in our community and dedicate their professional lives to our students and families.

The spring legislative session, once again, was a busy one, especially as it relates to education. Most significantly, the legislature passed an increase in one-time-funding of $680 to the Base Student Allocation which serves as the foundation for the majority of CCSD’s annual revenues. This increase in one-time-funding is critical to CCSD and every other school district in the state. The Governor still has not signed off on this funding increase for public education for next school year and we are anxiously awaiting his final determination. Additionally, the City of Craig graciously increased their local funding for CCSD during the May 18, 2023, City Council meeting by $135,000 for a total cash contribution of $685,000. When this cash contribution is coupled with the City’s in-kind and supplemental contribution of $81,977 the City of Craig is providing CCSD a total local contribution of $766,977. CCSD fully recognizes that it takes strong partnerships across our community to ensure the most robust curricula options for our students. The City of Craig has been a steadfast partner working alongside CCSD in a collaborative commitment for our students and families. The City of Craig’s continued support of CCSD certainly lives into the adage that “it takes a village to raise a child.”

Our district continues the PACE homeschool Facebook and You Tube advertising campaign, targeting Southeast Alaska, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su Borough. During the last couple of years, PACE has substantially increased 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 extremely proud of the work our staff members do daily to help each of our students exceed their educational goals and aspirations. We are also extremely proud and appreciative of 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 positioned well to continue improving the educational context we can provide. Thank you for a great school year. All of us at CCSD look forward to continuing our collaborative work during the 2023-24 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