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Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - Jan. 5
Posted on 01/05/2024
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Canutillo is known for its educational excellence and community spirit, but it stands at a critical juncture. Today, I want to discuss the recent decision by the Board to establish the Facilities Assessment Task Force, a strategic move aimed at addressing two significant challenges we face: our aging facilities and the concerning drop in student enrollment.

Our district's remarkable achievements in education are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and students. They have consistently outperformed their regional counterparts, a feat made all the more impressive considering the state of our facilities. Many of our school buildings and learning spaces, constructed 30 to 50 years ago, are among the most antiquated in El Paso. This not only presents a challenge in maintaining a conducive learning environment but also in accessibility. Our schools, while excellent in educational quality, are not optimally located for the families in our rapidly growing neighborhoods.

The second challenge is the paradox of growth versus enrollment. The CISD boundary lines are witnessing an exciting surge in construction, with new homes, shops, and businesses emerging every day. Ideally, this development should translate into increased enrollment in our schools. However, the reality is starkly different. Over the past five years, student enrollment in CISD has decreased significantly. If this trend continues, we face the prospect of losing nearly 2,000 students to other educational institutions by 2028. This is not just a numerical loss; it translates to a potential decrease of nearly $30 million in funding by 2028, considering our current operating budget of about $66 million. This is a significant concern for a district funded based on enrollment.

Recognizing the gravity of these challenges, the Board of Trustees has formed the Facilities Assessment Task Force. Comprising employees, parents, students, taxpayers and community leaders, this task force will dedicate the next six weeks to studying these issues in depth. Their goal is to develop community-based solutions and present these to the Board for consideration and action. The task force will begin its work on Saturday with a tour of facilities and growth areas in the District.

The task ahead for this Task Force is monumental. It requires a comprehensive understanding of our current circumstances, visionary thinking and a collaborative approach to problem-solving. We are confident that with their diverse perspectives and collective wisdom, effective and innovative solutions will emerge.

To the members of the Facilities Assessment Task Force, I extend my deepest gratitude for your willingness to serve our community in this vital capacity. Your leadership and commitment are invaluable as we navigate these challenging waters. The Board is committed to working closely with you, and we eagerly await your recommendations. Your insights will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the Canutillo ISD, ensuring that our facilities and enrollment strategies align with the evolving needs of our community and our children.

To the entire Canutillo community, I assure you that the Board of Trustees is fully invested in this process. We understand the significance of these challenges and are dedicated to finding solutions that will benefit our community and, most importantly, our children. We encourage you to stay engaged, offer your support to the Task Force, and participate in the discussions and decisions that will shape the future of our district.

In conclusion, the road ahead is challenging, but it is also filled with opportunity. Together, we can ensure that Canutillo ISD not only maintains but enhances its stature as a leading educational institution in Texas. Let us unite in this endeavor for the betterment of our community and the future of our children. Viva Canutillo!

Sincerely,

Armando Rodriguez
President
Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees