Ideas & Determination

Superintendent Galaviz Dear Canutillo Community,

As we approach the start of the budgeting season, I find myself reflecting on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Canutillo Independent School District. In particular, our district is facing a daunting financial hurdle as we prepare for the upcoming 2024-25 school year.

It is disheartening to read news from throughout the state and discover that dozens, if not hundreds, of school districts in every corner of Texas are grappling with the same issues that Canutillo is facing. The one common thread among us is clear: school districts are in dire financial need because our state government decided to play politics with its $4 billion surplus. Unfortunately, the losers in this political game are the public school children of Texas.

When Governor Abbott held public education funding hostage to push his pro-voucher agenda, he ensured that districts across the state would struggle to make ends meet during one of the most challenging budget seasons in recent memory. We are contending with inflation costs and increases in health and property insurance premiums, all while trying to maintain the quality of education that our students deserve.

In response to the projected $7.8 million deficit for the upcoming school year, CISD has embarked on a robust cost-cutting plan. This plan includes significant cuts to budgets and positions in our central office. We are not alone in this struggle; many districts across Texas are eliminating positions and facing critical lapses in services as a result. While these decisions are difficult, they are necessary if we want to ensure that CISD remains solvent and operational.

However, the district acknowledges that more needs to be done. We recognize the importance of seeking input from our community as we navigate these challenging times. That is why we will soon be distributing a survey asking for feedback on what kind of cuts the district should consider as we move forward with our budget planning. Community input is vital in helping us make informed decisions that best serve the needs of our students and staff. Please be on the lookout for an email containing instructions and links to participate in the survey.

Despite the challenges we face, I am filled with hope for the future of Canutillo ISD. As we head into spring break next week, I encourage everyone to take this time to re-energize and come back filled with ideas and determination to tackle our challenges head-on. Together, we can overcome the obstacles before us and continue to provide our students with the outstanding education they deserve.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude to the entire Canutillo community for your unwavering support of our district. Your dedication to the success of our students is truly inspiring, and I am confident that together, we will emerge stronger than ever before.

Thank you, and enjoy your spring break.

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools