Earlier this week, the Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees approved an order calling a bond election to be held on November 2, 2021.
The proposed bond was developed through the efforts of a committee of community members and stakeholders and includes two propositions, one for $177.5 million for school facilities and one for $10 million to refinance existing District debt. Current District projections indicate that the passing of the 2021 bond will not result in an increase of the total tax rate for Canutillo taxpayers.
The Board voted to move forward with the proposed $187.5 million bond to address District needs to meet the growth and development of the Canutillo area over the next seven years.
The proposed bond includes certain new facilities but, if approved by the voters, it will also provide funds to help address needed maintenance, renovations and enhancements to existing campuses and facilities.
“This bond will allow us to provide increased opportunities, resources and security for our students and teachers. Our community is growing and we must grow with it to adequately support the uptick of school-aged children to the areas we serve in the coming years. We must also provide current and prospective students with adequate space, opportunities for advancement and access to facilities and resources that bolster success,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz.
If passed, the 2021 bond will allow the district to fund capital improvement projects throughout various campuses and add an additional middle school to account for projected growth.
The list of proposed bond projects and initiatives were developed through the efforts of the “Just For Kids Committee” made up of community members and stakeholders who worked closely with the CISD administration and Board of Trustees to provide guidance and insight on the needs of the Canutillo community.
For over three months, the JKF Committee has been meeting to review District needs and seek community input with the goal of developing a proposed bond project list through a transparent, collaborative, and inclusive planning process.
As recommended by the committee, the proposed 2021 CISD bond projects include:
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 LED lighting.
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.