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Employee Gala Survey
Employee Gala Survey
Posted on 03/21/2016
As the Canutillo Independent School District begins planning the annual employee gala, it is important to share with all employees the current options for the gala venue as well as the district’s budget implications that could affect this year’s ceremony.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that the employee gala is a welcomed celebration of the hard work and dedication of all district employees and a great opportunity for employees to share in that celebration with their coworkers and loved ones. In recent years, the gala has been well attended, with tickets often being sold-out weeks before the event.

The venue being considered for this year’s gala is Cascadas Ballroom, located at 1071 Country Club Road. This location is close to the district, is similar in size to past gala venues, and is available at a cost that is significantly less than venues the district has used in previous years. The venue also will feature a cash bar, disco and dance floor.

Although the venue may not be located within CISD boundaries, the ballroom’s owners own the Carniceria Y Tortilleria restaurant located within CISD at Artcraft and Upper Valley, which means the gala will continue to support a valued CISD business. The venue will offer an upgraded menu featuring:

· filet mignon; or
· chicken and brisket combo; or
· vegetarian option of eggplant parmesan;
· a side salad
· desert

While the gala enhances employee morale and helps to strengthen relationships within the district, it does, however, come at a cost to the district during a time of budget constraints brought on by unexpected but necessary expenditures.

With these points in mind, the Board of Trustees would like to hear from all district employees on options for this year’s event. There are three options to consider for this year:

1. Host the annual gala and have employees pay for their own tickets along with their guests’ tickets;
2. Cancel this year’s gala and recognize employee service at the campus level with each campus hosting its own event;
3. Host the gala as the district has in previous years since the new venue has a reduced price.

If the number of people who attended the gala in previous years purchase tickets to this year’s gala, it will be an entirely self-funded event and will not affect the district’s budget. Given the financial situation our district is facing, this option would be preferable.
Please take the time to consider the above information and complete the attached survey. Your input will be the determining factor in whether the district will hold a gala as it has in years past or whether this year’s celebrations will be altered. We look forward to hearing from you.

There are two ways to respond to this survey:
1. Take the survey online.
2. Print out the attached survey, fill it out, and return it to the Public Information Office by Tuesday, March 22 at 12 noon.