Earlier this week, Canutillo ISD officials hosted the second Just for Kids committee meeting at Canutillo High School.
The committee toured the school, addressed questions from the community, and learned about growth, development, and enrollment projections. Committee members also heard from administrators about campus needs, programs, and initiatives.
“Attendance was great and participants were engaged. CISD leadership is also encouraging attendees to spread the word to their respective neighborhoods and organizations,” district officials shared.
The district has been examining building needs using a strategic facilities assessment. In addition, the district assembled the Just for Kids Committee, consisting of school staff, parents, students and community members, who will meet over the course of two months for all stakeholders to learn about the proposed projects and to provide input, then provide an update to the board in July regarding identified needs.
The meeting started with a look at enrollment and areas of future growth – population densities are varying in different areas of the district. These demographic facts and trends will have a direct impact on decision making relative to projects and the ultimate distribution of resources.
During the tour, members of the planning team observed and discussed critical infrastructure needs; enhanced programming throughout the district; technology needs; and career and technology (CTE) spaces.
“Although there is no final decision on any specific project, some projects currently being considered include multipurpose gyms for every elementary school, improvements to provide safe and secure entries, and adding and improving collaborative learning areas,” district officials shared.
There were also questions about transparency, finances, and student development.
“District Administrators welcomed and answered these types of questions because they strive to offer the utmost transparency and to use resources in a fiscally responsible manner,” officials added.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8 @ 5:00 p.m. at Bill Childress Elementary, located at 7700 Cap Carter Road, Vinton. The committee is going to focus on further district improvement needs and CTE opportunities.
An invitation remains open for all interested parties to become involved in this planning effort. Please contact Liza Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
Future meetings are as follows:
- Tuesday, June 8 @ 5:00 p.m. at Bill Childress Elementary School, 7700 Cap Carter Road
- Wednesday, June 16 @ 5:00 p.m. at Canutillo Elementary School, 651 Canutillo Ave
- Wednesday, June 23 @ 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)
- Tuesday, June 29 – Final Findings and Recommendations, at 5:00 p.m. at Canutillo Middle School, 7311 Bosque