Thursday morning at a special meeting, the Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the donation of 1,500 plus laptop computers to other school districts.
District officials say the move was to “help ensure every child in the region has equal access to an education.”
“When a child succeeds, our community succeeds because we are responsible for all of them,” said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “The superintendents in the region have always created partnerships and collaborate rather than compete. And during this unprecedented time, we will all come together to make sure every student has access needed for a quality education.”
The district has been working to close the gaps in computer and internet access among students that have presented barriers to instruction. It’s a problem that the district addressed and sought to avoid at the outset of the pandemic.
“We understand one of the challenges to remote learning has been ensuring all students have laptops and an internet connection to connect to digital classes,” said CISD Board President Sergio Coronado. “These initiatives aim to give every child a chance to succeed.”
COVID-19 has exposed the dire need for adequate technology resources. Nationwide, technology companies are experiencing shortages in production and unexpected delivery dates.
CISD officials say that many districts in Region 19 have had to react to the situation and place orders for hardware systems that will very possibly go unfulfilled by the anticipated start date.
The district will enter an agreement to provide technology hardware to local children in need. Starting this school year, CISD will transfer technology to other districts in the region to include Fabens ISD, San Elizario ISD, and Sierra Blanca ISD and any other districts that are in need of technological devices.
On April 28, 2020, the Trustees approved a $4.8 million request to purchase Apple devices for every student in the district. As a result, students from Pre-Kinder through 12th grade will have access to their own device for the 2020-2021 school year.
At a June 25, 2020, special board meeting, the Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the initial allocation of $300,000 to fund the Canutillo Connect initiative, which will bring universal internet connectivity to the school district’s community through an outside wireless mesh network.
District officials share that the district is the first in the region, and third in the state to take on this broad initiative.