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Important Update for the Community
Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - March 8
Posted on 03/08/2024
This is the image for the news article titled Message from Board President Armando Rodriguez - March 8Dear Canutillo Community,

I wanted to update our community on a matter of significance to our District: the recent decision by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to acquire the property where the CISD Central Office now stands. The District in February received an official letter informing us that the state intends to buy the property with a move-out date of this summer.

TxDOT's decision to purchase our property is part of a larger initiative aimed at constructing connecting ramps between Artcraft and Interstate 10 to facilitate commerce and improve commute times to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. While Canutillo ISD stands in support of progress and understands the need to invest in infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of our community, we must also ensure that we remain responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.

The displacement of the Canutillo headquarters comes at a challenging time for our district. We are currently facing a budget deficit that necessitates difficult decisions regarding our spending and investments. Additionally, we are actively engaging our community to educate them about the upcoming Canutillo Bond 2024. Furthermore, our dedicated staff continues to work tirelessly to provide the children of Canutillo with a world-class education.

The timeline set forth by TxDOT is aggressive. Initial conversations indicate that the District must vacate the premises by the end of the summer — a period that coincides with the busiest time for our central office. With limited planning time, we are tasked with identifying alternative sites for our central office while negotiating a fair price for our current building.

TxDOT so far seems amenable to working with us on using fair pricing for the property and also covering moving expenses. However, we must take into consideration the long-term costs of an office move and the impact it could have on our budget not just this year, but in years to come. Dr. Galaviz and his staff are working around the clock to determine that long-term impact and to make sure we communicate that to the state as we sit down at the table to negotiate.

In the meantime, and in the spirit of transparency, I am pleased to report that the administration is exploring the possibility of occupying the Lone Star Building in Downtown Canutillo as the primary option for a temporary central office. As plans are finalized, including any agreements with TxDOT, we will promptly update the community.

We understand that this process may be challenging and require patience from all stakeholders involved. Our commitment remains unwavering: to ensure that we uphold the best interests of our taxpayers, students, and staff throughout this transition. Rest assured, we will keep you informed every step of the way.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude to the Canutillo community for your continued support and understanding during this time of transition. Together, we will navigate through this challenge and emerge stronger as a district. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Armando Rodriguez
President, Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees