Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) officials announced on Tuesday that their district had been selected as a finalist for the statewide 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education award. Canutillo was recognized as an outstanding small district.
“Outstanding teaching, learning, leadership, and governance are the essential ingredients for a great school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz.
“Once again, CISD has distinguished itself by being named an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award finalist and we look forward to showcasing our district. These awards stand as an exemplar for positive school-business relationships.”
The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program was launched in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. In 2018, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards awarded more than $700,000 in cash prizes, gift cards, and grants to finalists and winners, according to the H-E-B website.
The small school district winner will receive $50,000. School districts are honored for their commitment to student achievement through innovative programs, parent/community involvement, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.
A panel of H-E-B Excellence in Education judges will visit Canutillo ISD in February.
The site visit will include touring campuses and talking with administration, staff, parents and community members. After visiting the three finalist districts, H-E-B will announce the winner in May.
Since its inception in 2002, the H-E-B program has awarded over $10 million, becoming the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.
Canutillo isn’t the only local district to be honored by the nomination, Socorro ISD is up for two H-E-B honors as well. To read that story, click here.