November Bond Election

Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo community,

I’d like to begin by congratulating Ms. Sabina Lazos, from Bill Childress Elementary, for being awarded 3rd place finalist Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year! Way to go!

Our finance department is also being recognized for receiving a perfect score of 100 - Superior Achievement - for the 2020-21 School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) ratings based upon an analysis of financial data for fiscal year 2020. This reflects the District’s commitment to value our taxpayers’ dollars and maintain a high level of integrity and accountability with our financial management and reporting.

On August 10, 2021, the CISD Board of trustees approved a $187.5 million dollar bond issue, which is scheduled to go to the voters on November 2. This action represented the culmination of many months of planning and extensive input from the Just for Kids committee and the community.

I applaud the board for responding favorably to the Just for Kids committee recommendations by approving the bond issue. I also very much appreciate the tireless efforts of our staff and community representatives in researching our needs and formulating a solid facilities plan for the future. And all our efforts going forward will continue to be JUST FOR KIDS!

Based on a comprehensive needs assessment, it is proposed that $79 million be used for deferred maintenance projects, such as installing secure vestibules at every campus, allowing for administration to control access to the building from visitors, thus, greatly enhancing the safety of our students. The bond will also include the installation of permanent metal canopies to provide shade for playgrounds at all elementary schools.

If the voters choose to pass the 2021 Bond, the balance would be targeted at new construction, including a new career and technology building at Canutillo High School, a new Alderete Middle School, and an additional wing at Reyes Elementary to address overcrowding. It will also include multipurpose buildings for four elementary campuses.

CISD has many compelling facility needs. In the upcoming weeks through November, CISD will be hosting a series of public meetings to inform parents and the community about the proposed bond and potential bond projects.

Please find some highlights below.

Proposition A – School Facilities -- $177.5 million:  
Expansion and Development

  • A new career and technology building at Canutillo High School
  • Additional wing added to Reyes Elementary School to alleviate overcrowding
  • Land purchase and construction of a new Alderete Middle School
  • Permanent building for Northwest Early College High School
  • Multipurpose buildings for four elementary campuses
  • Repurposing of Alderete Middle School to house new location of Lone Star building offices and central office
  • Surplus storage facility
  • Land purchase for future elementary school

District-Wide Facility and Campus Improvements and Safety

  • Baseball/softball playfields at middle schools
  • Canutillo High School baseball/softball lights
  • Artificial turf on middle school football fields
  • Protective canopies at Canutillo High School bus pick up
  • Elementary school bus driveways
  • District-wide hazmat abatement

Proposition B – Refunding of Maintenance Tax Notes -- $10 million

Allows for the refinancing of funds borrowed for resources needed to support remote instruction due to the pandemic including computers, Canutillo Connect - digital community that provides outside universal internet access and improved infrastructure to accommodate for expanded number of computers on campus and remote instruction during the pandemic. Also included is LED lighting.

Additional communications regarding the bond will be forthcoming.

Lastly, a friendly reminder that we will be hosting a series of mobile clinics where the University Medical Center (UMC) Mobile Unit will be at various campuses to provide free vaccines to students, staff and their families. Vaccine information, clinic dates, times and locations listed on our website

Please continue to protect yourself and others.  We encourage you to wear your mask, stay safe, stay healthy and stay informed.  Visit our website to stay current on CISD COVID-19 information that we update continuously.

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools