SUPERINTENDENT . . .
ANOTHER GREAT YEAR
The 2011-2012 school year was a great one for the Crawford
AuSable School District -- again! Our students continued to
outperform students in this region, and our schools are rated
as some of the highest schools in the North by the Michigan
Department of Education.
The State of Michigan just released its "Top to Bottom" list,
which ranks all of the nearly 4,000 schools in the state. CASD
led the way again as the top performing district in the region
with all of our schools receiving a high ranking. Grayling
High School led the way, being ranked in the 87th percentile,
which is the 2nd highest high school in the North.
Grayling Middle and Grayling Elementary were both honored by
the Michigan Department of Education as being "Beating the
Odds" schools. This honor is for the highest academic
achievement in the state as compared with their peers.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its report
cards for high schools only, and Grayling High School received
an "A" rating.
The U.S. News and World Report released its ranking of
top high schools across the nation, and Grayling High School
made the list -- again! As one of only 75 Michigan high
schools to be honored, GHS was a bronze medal winner.
Our graduating seniors earned a record number of scholarships
this spring. Over $760,000 in scholarships was earned by our
graduates as they go on success in college and post-secondary
We can be proud
that CASD students do receive
a first-class education that allows them to compete with
students throughout the world.
TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES
As our local, state and national economies have struggled, so
have our schools. Although
our funding has been drastically reduced by our state
CASD still has a great staff, great programs and great
academic achievement by our students, and we are looking
forward to another great year in 2012-2013.
Even though our state
legislature has removed a tremendous amount of K-12 funding,
our CASD Board of Education is committed to providing the best
Our new initiative this year involves technology. Our teachers have had iPads since summer
2012 and have been provided with
professional development in using technology to enhance
learning. We hope to add more technology options so that
student learning can become even more customized and
- Joe Powers,