September Family & Community Letter (9/18/23)

September 18, 2023

Dear CCSD Families and Community Members;

At the writing of this letter, CCSD is starting the 4th week of school. The first three weeks of school have gone really well. The entire staff has done a fantastic job of welcoming new students to the district and welcoming back returning students. The first couple weeks of a new year are always hectic as everyone settles into new routines and schedules. Our teachers, support staff, office staff, and administrative team in collaboration with students and families have done an exceptional job. We couldn’t be more pleased about our start and what lies before us during the 2023-2024 school year.

The official student count period for the 2023-2024 school year begins on Monday, October 2 and runs through Friday, October 27. All Alaska school districts are preparing for the official student count period. Our student enrollment during this four-week period determines the amount of state funding CCSD will receive this school year to provide student services. As enrollment currently stands, CCSD is anticipating an increase in PACE homeschool student enrollment from last year and a small increase in enrollment with Craig-based programs compared to last year. A healthy student enrollment is critical to school districts and helps provide funding for the programs and activities our community has regularly provided for K-12 students.

Additionally, October is an important month for our island-based communities because local elections are held. Our public education system is founded on the belief that the best decisions are made at the local level and local elections serve as the cornerstone for public participation in school district operations. CCSD has three seats on the October 3, 2023 municipal ballot; two (2) three-year Board seats on the ballot and one (1) two-year Board seat. It takes courage for anyone to take the risk and put their name on a ballot for a school board seat. CCSD appreciates the willingness of all school board candidates island-wide who are willing to step up and represent their communities to help improve the learning outcomes for students.

CCSD couldn’t be more thankful for the collaborative spirit that is embedded within our community. It is only by working in partnership with families and community organizations that a school district can best meet the educational needs and interests of the students we are privileged to serve. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss any item noted in this letter in greater detail.

Thank you for all that you do in support of CCSD’s goals and objectives.

Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent