Superintendent's Current Letter to the Community

  • October, 2018

    Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,

    On June 25th, the CCUSD Governing Board voted to place a question on the November 6th ballot.  The voters in our district would have the opportunity to vote whether or not CCUSD should join the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT).  EVIT is a Career and Technical Education District or CTED.  A CTED is a separate district that overlays a public school district to provide Career and Technical Education and specific job skills.

    If the CCUSD voters approve the ballot question to allow CCUSD to join EVIT, our high school juniors and seniors would be able to travel to any EVIT facility to take the specialized coursework each school day, after taking a minimum of 4 courses daily at Cactus Shadows High School.  In addition, our plans are to have EVIT renovate areas of the former Desert Arroyo Middle School campus, adjacent to Cactus Shadows, so that our Juniors and Seniors who are also enrolled in EVIT courses, can take their EVIT coursework there.  A student survey taken last spring identified the following career areas for possible coursework at the CTED Center on the Desert Arroyo Middle School campus:  Engineering, Health Fields, Technology Fields and Culinary/Hospitality.

    If the ballot question is approved, a “nickel tax” would be assessed per $100 of secondary assessed valuation.  A home with a full cash value of $100,000 would see a tax increase of $5.00 per year.  An average priced home in CCUSD at $555,750 would pay $27.79 per year or $2.32 per month. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Kent Frison, Associate Superintendent for Operations and Finance at

    As always, I look forward to seeing you in our schools.

    Dr. Burdick Signature

    Debbi C. Burdick, Ed.D.