Upholding the Canutillo Way: A Commitment to Family and Community
Upholding the Canutillo Way: A Commitment to Family and Community
Posted on 05/31/2024
This is the image for the news article titled Upholding the Canutillo Way: A Commitment to Family and CommunityAs I reflect on the past three weeks, during which I had the privilege of attending the graduation ceremonies of both Northwest Early College and Canutillo High School, I am reminded of the fundamental values that led me to serve on the Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) Board. It is the deep-seated desire to be at the table, making decisions that positively impact the lives of our families and communities, that continues to drive me forward in the face of adversity.

From the moment I decided to run for the school board, my mission has been clear: to advocate tirelessly for the betterment of our schools and the empowerment of our students. However, this journey has not been without its challenges. Over the years, I have encountered intense opposition from individuals whose motives are far removed from the well-being of our children.

Just last week, a group of individuals took their opposition to a new extreme by filing a petition in district court, seeking to undermine the will of the voters of Canutillo. These individuals, many of whom have never stepped foot in our schools and do not align with the values of our community, are driven not by a genuine concern for our children, but rather by a political agenda that seeks to dismantle public education.

Their opposition stems from my unwavering support of public education, a stance that directly contradicts their political beliefs. They espouse the agenda of Governor Abbott, who advocates for diverting funds away from public schools to subsidize private education for the privileged few. But I refuse to waver in my commitment to our public school system, knowing that it is the cornerstone of our community and the key to unlocking the potential of every child.

I welcome scrutiny and criticism, for I understand that as an elected official, it is my duty to earn the trust and confidence of the community I serve. However, I will not allow those who prioritize book bans and political agendas over the well-being of our children to dictate the direction of our schools. My record speaks for itself: I have consistently prioritized the needs of our students, even in the face of opposition.

From advocating for increased funding for our schools to championing policies that promote equity and inclusion, I have always put the best interests of our students first. And I will continue to do so, regardless of the obstacles that may stand in my way.

As I reaffirm the commitment I made nearly 16 years ago when I first began serving the Canutillo community, I am reminded once again of why I do what I do. It is because of family and community—the core values that define the Canutillo way. It is these values that drive me forward each day, inspiring me to fight for a brighter future for all our children.

Let’s keep working to make Canutillo the District of the future. There is so much potential in our school system and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and do my part to make sure we reach that potential. I know that together we can empower our community to bring about transformative programs that will do nothing but benefit our students and their families.

Armando Rodriguez
President, Canutillo ISD Board