Please vote YES for EVIT partnership in Cave Creek Schools.

It’s that time of the year, as we see ballot measures and candidates advertising on signs on nearly every corner in town. We have all seen the green signs around town that say “CCUSD √ YES JOIN CTED.” CTED is Career and Technical Education District. A CTED allows public schools to provide career and technical education and specific job skill training that students may not otherwise have access.

We met with Dr. Debbi Burdick and Dr. Kent Frison at Cave Creek Unified School District recently to learn about the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) partnership. This program provides opportunities for our students to learn technical skills such as automotive, dental careers, culinary arts, fire science, HVAC, nursing, veterinary, etc. Programs are offered at the East Valley EVIT and EVIT will lease unused buildings of the Desert Arroyo Middle School at 56th Street to provide culinary, computers, health care, and media programs (among others) as early as fall 2019. Funds generated from the lease can provide additional funding for district operations—WIN-WIN!

What will it cost us? $5 a year, for every $100k value of your home. With average home value in CCUSD at around $550k, it means the average cost per homeowner would be around $28 a year.  We support this program because it uses facilities that we already have available and a partnership with EVIT, a strong career-technical training program that is thriving in neighboring communities, giving our kids valuable training that will replace workers that eventually retire from these trades, in careers that will continue to grow as our community grows. We need this partnership with EVIT for all of our kids in our CCUSD community. We plan on voting yes. Please contact Dr. Kent Frison @ CCUSD, 480.575.2000 for info, or check out EVIT at

Les Peterson
Carefree resident

Vince D’Aliesio
Carefree resident & Proud CCUSD Dad