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Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo community,
Last week the world of academia experienced a great loss with the passing of long-standing UTEP President Emerita Diana Natalicio. She was a trailblazer who transformed public higher education with her belief of providing people from all walks of life with access to an affordable and excellent education. Her unwavering belief and fortitude uplifted the social mobility of countless UTEP graduates setting a new precedent for first generation college graduates and their families that obtaining a college degree is possible. Dr. Natalico will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched and for the greater Paso del Norte region which she tirelessly served for 31 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones and the UTEP community.

The Northwest Early College High School Griffins have been reveling in homecoming week with costumes, games, activities and lots of school spirit. The week caps off with their soccer game at Chapin High School tonight and a dance on Sat. Oct. 2. Seniors captured the coveted spirit stick. Go Griffins! 

October is National Principals Month. We thank you principals for the tremendous leadership you provide at your campuses and keeping this ship afloat. It is also Custodial Worker Day on Oct. 2. Thank you to our custodial service team at the District Central Office and at each of our campuses for keeping us clean, healthy and safe. 

2021 Community Bond Meeting Update

Early voting is around the corner on Oct. 18 - 29. If passed, the 2021 bond will have no increase to your total tax rate based on our District projections. Additionally, it has been speculated that Canutillo ISD taxpayers have the highest tax rate amongst neighboring districts. In reality, our tax rate of $1.34 is neither the highest nor the lowest but on average with all other Region 19 districts. 

Taxes in Region 19 districts

Perhaps you have heard information about the bond from friends, neighbors or acquaintances or have your own concerns or questions. We are here to meet with you directly either in-person or virtually to clarify any information or dispel any misinformation you have heard and address your questions and concerns. 

Please know we are here to give it to you straight, be fully transparent and provide the most accurate factual information so you feel confident with your vote on election day, if it's for or against the bond. 

I highly encourage and welcome you to attend an upcoming meeting to learn about the bond or visit the bond section of our website to do some research at To see our schedule of upcoming community meetings, click here.


Intersession begins Oct. 4 through Oct. 15 for our campus communities apart from Northwest Early College High School which will remain on their regular schedule. Our District buildings and campuses will be closed from Oct. 11 through Oct. 15, apart from Northwest Early College High School.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy intersession!


Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools