Current Superintendent's Letter to the Community

  • Dr. Debbi Burdick

    January 2018

    Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,

    We are often asked how we are able to provide such a premium education in CCUSD with the limited state funding dollars that we receive. One reason is the generous and dedicated groups that support our schools every single year. One group of faithful fundraisers is our school Parent Teacher Organizations or PTOs. They do fundraising all year long and provide so many needed items for our schools such as technology, playground equipment, and even teacher aides for our kindergarten classrooms. The PTOs work with the principals to identify needs each year to support our students and teachers in their educational achievement. 

    Another committed community group that has been generous in supporting our mission, Inspire Excellence, is Kiwanis of Carefree. Just this school year, they have donated toward preschool scholarships; Digital Citizen Academy software for Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) and Sonoran Trails Middle School (STMS); a Sci-tech Action Lab module with a 3D printer for STMS; band instrument repair at CSHS; classroom supply dollars for a new teacher at each school; Chromebooks for all school sites; and, Lone Mountain Elementary School’s STEM partnership with the AZ Science Center. This is a dollar amount of over $170,637!

    The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) is also a huge supporter of our schools, giving out grants to CCUSD educators every year with proceeds generated at the annual Rock the District (this year on March 3rd at Stagecoach Village). This fall, almost $16,000 was awarded to 10 projects submitted which included iPads, playground Little Town construction monies, Chromebooks, document cameras, Culinary Arts supplies, FX Software for the high school film and video classes, drum corps band equipment, Steel Drums and, EDUkits for inquiry-based middle school learning.

    These are only three of our many supporters that are partners in learning with CCUSD. Thank you to them and all the others who donate, whether big or small, you are making a difference in the lives of CCUSD students.

    See you in our schools!

    Dr. Burdick Signature

    Debbi C. Burdick, Ed.D.
    Superintendent