Monthly Letters from Dr. Burdick

July 2012

Dear CCUSD Staff, Parents and Community,

Last month our Governing Board voted to charter four of our existing elementary schools: Desert Sun Academy, Desert Willow Elementary School, Lone Mountain Elementary School and Horseshoe Trails Elementary School. Many parents have asked what changes they should expect to see. In the first year, when the charter funding is minimal, no changes will be evident for our students, parents or staff. We will continue with the same excelling and effective programs, taught by our highly qualified and certified teachers. These schools will still use the same CCUSD Governing Board policies and will benefit from the leadership of the same Governing Board. We will not change our high expectations for the students and staff and our goals will continue to center around the continual academic growth and strong student achievement of our amazing students.

In year two, we will benefit from the "additional assistance" funding that charter schools receive and we will look forward to hearing the ideas generated by the schools to augment their signature programs: Core Knowledge and Science Lab at Desert Sun Academy; Spanish Immersion at Desert Willow; Equine at Horseshoe Trails; and, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) at Lone Mountain. Typical public school funding, called the Base Support Level, which is based on the previous year’s enrollment, will fund the support and growth of Core Knowledge at Black Mountain Elementary School.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the District Sponsored Charter Schools are posted on our website and can be viewed here. The four selected elementary district-sponsored schools are chartered starting July 1st and students already enrolled there continue at their same schools. If you have additional questions, you can call your elementary school principal starting July 16th

when the schools reopen after a summer break, send your questions via the webmaster on the website or call us at the District Office (480-575-2000).

See you in our schools!

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Debbi Burdick, Ed.D.