Superintendent's Letters 2010/11


Dr. Debbi C. Burdick

July, 2011  

Dear CCUSD Staff, Parents and Community,

The Cave Creek Unified School District has been a busy place this summer. If you have driven by most of our sites, you will probably have noticed heavy equipment and major activity.  Here is an update on the summer capital improvements that are underway:

Cactus Shadows High School has the most noticeable projects underway.  At this date, the school is not accessible by car with all the parking lots and drives around the school graded and leveled.  The front parking lots, as well as the bus loop and fire lane in the rear, are being reconfigured.  As you may remember from my May web-letter, the parking lot renovation was a requirement so that we could get the permits to build the new classroom building, to be started in September.  The parking lot renovation is being paid for out of bond dollars with the bus loop/fire lane renovation coming out of adjacent ways funding (for road improvements).  Please note that these funds are earmarked for specific capital purposes and cannot be used for teacher salaries or day-to-day operations of the school district.

We will break ground in September for the 38,000 square foot classroom building addition that will be built out of Arizona School Facilities Board funding and will be ready for school in August of 2012.  These funds can only be used for this building project.

The central plants’ renovations/repairs for Desert Willow Elementary School, Desert Sun Academy and Lone Mountain Elementary School are underway and on schedule to ensure adequate cooling.  These are being paid for out of unrestricted capital dollars.  We hope with this work completed, we will have our first start of school in years where all our air conditioning systems will be up and cooling as expected.

Black Mountain Elementary School is also having air conditioning/roof renovations using Performance Contracting dollars—where we are able to use savings from energy conservation to fund other projects that also make our buildings more energy efficient.  Performance Contracting is also paying for central plant renovations on the north campus which will improve air conditioning at Cactus Shadows High School and the Fine Arts Center.  Energy savings will also pay for lighting improvements, both indoor and outdoor, at the north campus sites.

Finally, Horseshoe Trails Elementary, Lone Mountain Elementary and Sonoran Trails Middle have playground and field renovations underway.  Over time and use, rocks make their way to the surface in desert fields and create safety issues for our students.  These schools will have their playgrounds and fields improved and ready for school in August using bond dollars.

As you can see, it has been a busy summer for our school campuses.  I will see you in our schools!


Debbi Burdick, Ed.D.