Doing the right thing

Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo community,

Some people claim that our society is losing its sense of moral and ethical responsibility. However, good deeds often work to prove this perception wrong. CISD is proud to share that one of our students recently set an example for doing the right thing, even when temptation could have swayed him toward the wrong path.

Ernesto Barraza was at CHS taking care of end-of-year senior tasks.  Benjamin Borjas, about to graduate, had just received $809 from his parents to pay for books and buy his school laptop for college.  The money also came with a lecture about how to be responsible with his wallet.  Ben assured his parents he would be careful.  However, as he tried to pay for his laptop, he realized he had dropped his wallet!!! He soon learned, Ernesto had found and immediately turned the wallet into the front office.

Ernesto, thank you for modeling moral and ethical responsibility.  Benjamin Borjas, his family, and the entire Canutillo ISD community thank you for being a role model for all of us.

At last night’s Just for Kids meeting there were presentations from both the District’s financial advisor and their bond counsel.  They discussed the District’s bonding capacity, financial rating, bond process, and tax rates.  The bottom line is that it’s estimated that the District can take on $187.5M in bond debt without raising the overall tax rate for homeowners.  Although the Debt Service tax rate will increase slightly, the Maintenance tax rate is declining based on the state compressing the tax rate.  This enables the District to maintain the overall tax rate that homeowners currently pay.  The District’s legal counsel explained how the bond propositions will be structured on the ballot and how best to ensure that all anticipated projects are delivered within the proposed scope of the bond.   The fifth meeting will occur next week at Canutillo Middle School, on Tuesday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Congratulations to our finance department! Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that Canutillo ISD is the latest government entity in El Paso, and one of three school districts, to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. CISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances, which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue information available.  It demonstrates the district’s commitment to transparency and to working collaboratively with our stakeholders.

A friendly reminder, that the district will be closed June 30 - July 9 for summer break. The district is currently operating under summer hours. You can reach campuses and administration offices Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All CISD buildings are closed:

  • Friday, June 25
  • Friday, July 16
  • Friday, July 23 

Finally, I’d like to wish you a  beautiful and happy 4th of July. As you celebrate with your family, don't forget why we celebrate this day.

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools