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Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - Feb. 16
Posted on 02/16/2024
This is the image for the news article titled Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - Feb. 16Dear Canutillo Community,

The Canutillo Independent School District will embark on a pivotal moment in the journey of our district. It is with great sense of responsibility that I address you today regarding a decision made by the Board of Trustees earlier this week.

After careful consideration and thoughtful deliberation, the Board has voted to place a Bond election on the May 4 ballot for consideration by the Canutillo voters. This decision was not made lightly but was born out of a deep understanding of the challenges facing our district and a sincere desire to address them head-on.

The decision to call the bond election was informed by the findings of a dedicated committee comprised of parents, students, employees and taxpayers. For nearly two months, this diverse group diligently assessed the pressing issues confronting our district, including the state of our school buildings and declining enrollment. Their input was invaluable, and it is worth noting that an overwhelming majority of the committee recommended the bond and contributed to drafting the projects included in it.

It is imperative to acknowledge the diligence and commitment of all those involved in this process. Their dedication to our district's well-being exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and community that defines Canutillo ISD.

The bond, if approved by the voters, will address two primary challenges facing our district. Firstly, it will facilitate the relocation and reconstruction of three schools: Davenport Elementary, Alderete Middle School and Canutillo Middle School. By strategically placing these campuses to accommodate growth in new neighborhoods within our boundaries, we aim to alleviate the impact of declining enrollment on our budget—a factor that has cost us millions of dollars annually.

Additionally, the bond will fund the construction of a new brick-and-mortar campus for Northwest Early College High School, which currently relies on portables as classrooms.
Moreover, the bond encompasses projects such as roof and HVAC replacements, investments in safety and security measures, career and technical education programs, and athletic facilities.

It is important to note that if approved, the bond would add two cents to the current CISD tax rate. For the average Canutillo home, which is valued at around $288,000, this translates to a $3.17 monthly increase to their school tax bill.

As we move forward, the district is committed to engaging in an extensive informational campaign to ensure that staff and the public are well-informed about the election and its implications. I encourage everyone to visit our website at www.canutillo-isd.org/bond2024 to access detailed information about the bond. The web page is a living document that will be improved on as we continue to hear from our community with different questions, concerns and comments, so check back often for updates on project details, frequently asked questions and other resources for further engagement.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering dedication to the students of Canutillo ISD. I hope you join us as we move forward with our efforts to engage the community with the facts about this bond proposal.

Warm regards,

Armando Rodriguez
Board President
Canutillo Independent School District