Cave Creek Unified School District receives Magna Award

Dr. Debbi Burdick, superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, has announced that the Cave Creek Unified School District has received a first place Magna Award.

The 21st annual Magna Awards program is sponsored by the National School Boards Association flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative
steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

This year’s three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.

Each of the grand prize-winning school districts will receive a $5,000 contribution from Sodexo during a special presentation at NSBA’s 75th Annual Conference, to be held March 21-23 in Nashville.

“In a time when public schools are under attack, we are pleased to showcase schools
and their leaders who are dedicated to innovation and excellence,” said Thomas J.
Gentzel, executive director of NSBA.

“The winning programs are proof that public education is leading the way to advance student achievement.”

Students from the Cactus Shadows High School special education program are working twice a week at facilities with John Muir, director of Facilities and Construction, and Bruce McWhorter, director of Transportation. They are learning to use a variety of tools and materials to create different projects that include woodworking, welding, landscape design and recycling.

In facilities, the projects include wooden signs and plaques made of recycled barn wood. They are welding old horseshoes into creative hat racks, cup holders and plant stands. The students are learning about the different plants that are on the school grounds and the proper way to care for them and the students can
give input into upgrading the landscaping in areas.

In transportation, the students are using tools and are taught the basics for working on vehicles. The students are building a motorized bike that includes modifying parts, welding and painting. The students have also replaced wheel bearings on the front of a CCUSD® vehicle.

For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, an “A” rated district, contact the superintendent at 480-575-2016.

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