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Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - March 1
Posted on 03/01/2024
This is the image for the news article titled Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - March 1Dear Canutillo Community,

As your Board President, I wanted to take a moment to address an important decision made by the Board of Trustees regarding the future of our schools, particularly regarding the potential merger of Davenport Elementary School with Childress Elementary School.

The Board of Trustees recently faced the challenging task of confronting a projected $7.8 million budget deficit for the upcoming 2024-25 school year. In response to this financial reality, various cost-saving measures have been under consideration, including the possibility of merging Davenport and Childress.

However, after carefully considering the concerns and feedback from our community, the Board has decided to hold off on making a final decision regarding the merger until later this spring. We understand the profound implications that such a decision would have, especially for the Westway community and it is imperative for us to ensure that the Administration thoroughly evaluates all potential impacts on students and families at Davenport before moving forward with any decision. We hear you loud and clear, and we are committed to making a decision that balances the financial stability of the District with the needs of our Westway community.

However, It's crucial to acknowledge the broader context within which these decisions are made. The reality is that the state has failed in its responsibility to adequately fund public schools. Without significant changes to our operational model, we face the stark possibility of running out of funds to keep all schools open and to adequately compensate our teachers.

The upcoming bond election on May 4 includes a proposal for a new Davenport Elementary School. If approved by voters, this initiative would provide funding to build a new Davenport campus that not only serves the Westway community but also addresses the needs of the rapidly growing Enchanted Hills subdivision. Moreover, the projected increase in enrollment resulting from the new campus could help alleviate some of the budgetary pressures we currently face.

I want to reassure you that the Board of Trustees is fully committed to making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, families, and community as a whole. We will continue to keep you informed and engaged throughout this process.

Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to the Canutillo Independent School District.

Sincerely,

Armando Rodriguez
Board President
Canutillo Independent School District