Superintendent’s Corner

May 12, 2017
Dear GCSD Families;

May is upon us and the district is preparing for all of the end-of-year student/family festivities and planning for the upcoming school year.

The GCSD School Board is excited to celebrate all of our students’ academic achievements.  The district will host four graduation ceremonies recognizing our graduating seniors and their families.  The first graduation ceremony starts in Fairbanks on May 17 with our Fairbanks IDEA graduation.  This graduation is followed by our Southeast IDEA graduation on May 22, our Mat-Su/Anchorage/Kenai IDEA graduation on May 23, and our Galena graduation on May 24.  Our graduation season is always a special time as we honor our graduating seniors for their academic accomplishments and welcome them into their next chapters in life.

During the May 10, 2017 School Board meeting, the Board took decisive action to continue investing in our improvement efforts on the GILA campus.  The Board approved a $1,848,340 contract with TC Construction for our Ptarmigan Residence Hall HVAC upgrades and window replacement project scheduled for this summer.  This project will replace all of the windows in our student residence hall with triple-paned fiberglass windows, improve the heat system within the building, replace all hallway carpet, and improve the exterior of the building.  This project will greatly increase the energy efficiency of the building and more importantly provide a much nicer living context for our high school boarding students.  Secondly, the Board approved a contract with Architects Alaska for $16,243 to assist the district in our Department of Education and Early Development Major Maintenance CIP grant application for the Headquarters Building on the GILA campus that is due on September 1, 2017.  The focus of the grant application is to increase the energy efficiency of the building, to upgrade all life/safety mechanisms, and to ensure the building meets all American Disabilities Act (ADA) and International Building Code (IBC) code requirements.  Furthermore, the project, if funded, will improve the district’s science and math curriculum by providing a state-of-the-art science and math (STEM) facility.

Lastly, during the GCSD School Board’s May 10, 2017 work session, the Board discussed the results of our recent strategic plan stakeholder survey.  The GCSD School Board is grateful for all of the responses received from our parents, students, and staff members.  The work session discussion on May 10 focused on the district’s need to increase the amount and quality of communication between the district and our stakeholder groups and the need to increase the district’s college preparatory goals.  The GCSD School Board has scheduled a retreat on August 4 and 5, 2017 to continue the analysis of our strategic plan stakeholder survey results and to begin the process of drafting an updated strategic plan.  As the district’s strategic plan is developed, the GCSD School Board will keep all stakeholders updated on the progress and will be regularly asking for feedback on draft strategic plan documents.

In closing, GCSD thanks all of our families and staff members for their contributions to the district during the 2016-17 school year.  GCSD is a strong, vibrant school district because of the people who work for the organization and the people we are privileged to serve.  Thank you for helping make the 2016-17 school year a great one.


Chris Reitan, GCSD Superintendent


Chris Reitan, GCSD Superintendent


Letters from the Superintendent

 GCSD May 2017 Family Letter 05/12/2017
 GCSD April 2017 Family Letter 04/24/2017
 GCSD Strategic Plan Stakeholder Survey Letter 04/17/2017
 March 2017 Parent Letter 03/21/2017
 February 2017 Parent Letter 02/20/2017
 January 2017 Parent Letter 01/20/2017
 December 2016 Parent Letter 12/19/2016
 November 2016 Parent Letter 11/18/2016
 October 2016 Parent Letter 10/20/2016
 September 2016 Parent Letter 09/15/2016