Looking toward the future

Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo Community,

Some have said that we are facing the worst health crisis our country has ever experienced. Infection, hospitalization and death rates are particularly high in the El Paso region as compared to the rest of the nation. At this point in the pandemic, we all know people who have been stricken by this vicious pathogen or have died from it. I am deeply saddened to inform you that one of our own, Karen Springer, an exemplary occupational therapist, recently passed away after contracting the virus.

And I know other employees and community members have suffered the disease’s horrible grip. But our teachers, staff, students, and parents have continued to move forward with great courage and fortitude, shedding the light of hope in the midst of darkness. I am so very proud to say that I am a member of the CISD team. I am confident that we will emerge from the heaviness of these days together even stronger.

Let’s continue to do our part to combat the pandemic. Remember, while we wait for the vaccine, we already have the best prevention tools on hand – watch your distance from others, wear your mask when you go out, and wash your hands often.

Looking toward the future, we have laid the foundation with our solid financial management and are planting the seed for another considerable investment in our kids. Our District has been experiencing rapid growth in housing, retail, commercial, and industrial developments. Hence, we have developed a facilities master plan to guide our leadership, administrators, and staff as we work tirelessly to provide innovative, high-quality education for the children of the Canutillo ISD community. These endeavors will no doubt enhance our district with new job opportunities and increased economic development. We need safe, state of the art and innovative learning facilities that will provide our students with the necessary college and career skills for success in a competitive global economy. Our growth is inevitable and it can be an invaluable opportunity for us to be prepared to seize it.

Keep in mind that learning expectations remain high – even with virtual learning. Our students’ regular attendance in class is critical to their success. Chronic absence presents academic challenges for students. Improved student attendance, daily engagement and support are my top priorities. Let’s make sure that our kids are present, engaged, and supported! 

Dr. Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools