Superintendent’s Corner

December 15, 2017

Dear GCSD Families and Community Members:

The holiday break is almost upon us which marks the half-way mark of the school year. GCSD thanks all of our families for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you in the development of the best educational program for your child(ren). One aspect of this partnership is ensuring the district is doing all that it can do to communicate effectively with our stakeholder groups.

During the November 15, 2017 Board meeting the GCSD approved the updated GCSD Strategic Plan 2018-2020. Two key components of the district’s strategic plan regarding communication are the following:

  • Parent Advisory Committees (PAC) and Stakeholder Feedback – Provide regular opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback through PAC meetings, anonymous surveys, town meetings, and the GCSD website, and
  • Public Relations – Inform all GCSD stakeholders through regular monthly communications about school board decisions promoting district programs and performance.

The GCSD Board takes seriously their responsibility to hear from as many stakeholders as possible regarding all district operations and initiatives. First, the board has three working committees (Budget Review Committee, Board Policy Committee, and GCSD Handbook Committee). Each of these committees works to ensure a well-rounded representation to include parent representatives, staff representatives, an administrative representative, and a board representative. Please look for emails from the district seeking stakeholder volunteers to serve on these committees which provide recommendations to the GCSD School Board, and consider serving on these committees to help shape district operations.

Second, the GCSD Board holds two annual town meetings in Galena as a way to provide an informal venue for community members to ask GCSD school board members or GCSD administrators questions about school district policies, programs, future plans, etc. The Board recognizes that our town hall meetings only provide an opportunity for our local community members to participate. To provide all district stakeholders a way to communicate directly and regularly with the GCSD Board, the Board provides an email link located on the Board webpage located at To communicate directly with the GCSD Board please click on the link located at “Contact the GCSD School Board.”

Furthermore, school administrators have taken steps to live into the Board’s Strategic Plan by providing regular monthly communications about school board decisions, district programs, and student learning. The letters are emailed to all of our parent email addresses, mailed home to our parents/guardians, and posted on our school and district websites.

Finally, all information regarding our board’s work can be found at This webpage provides information about our current board members, all school board packets, minutes from board meetings, and audio files of board meetings. The GCSD Board wants to ensure that all stakeholders can easily access information pertinent to our students’ educational programs.

In closing, GCSD wishes all of our families and students a very happy holiday season. GCSD is extremely proud of all that we offer our families and students. We have much to celebrate from the first semester, and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationships with all of the families and students we are privileged to serve. Please contact me at the phone number above or the email address below if you would like more information about any item noted in this letter or more information about any district initiative.

Yours in education,


Chris Reitan, GCSD Superintendent



Letters from the Superintendent

 December 2017 Parent Letter 12/15/2017
November 2017 Parent Letter 11/21/2017
GCSD October 2017 Parent Letter 10/05/2017
September 5 2017 Stakeholder Strategic Plan Letter and Draft 2018-20 Strategic Plan 09/05/2017
 GCSD August 2017 Parent Letter 08/12/2017
 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