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Reflecting on Our Role: Trustees Dedicated to Student Success

Armando Rodriguez, Canutillo ISD board president, speaks at the Canutillo High School graduation ceremony in May 2024.

As we embrace the summer months, it’s an opportune time for us as trustees to reflect on the past academic year and strategize for the one ahead.  

Our primary mission as trustees is to foster an environment where students not only succeed academically but also thrive in their extracurricular pursuits. We are the guardians of their educational journey, entrusted with the task of shaping avenues that lead to their holistic development. It’s a role we serve with honor and passion. 

Educators are the architects of our students’ academic, fine arts, and athletic experiences, crafting programs that provide a well-rounded education. Yet, as trustees, we play a pivotal role in ensuring the sustainability and growth of these programs. We are the conduits between the schools and the community, tasked with garnering support and resources essential for their success. 

It’s imperative to recognize that student success extends beyond the confines of the classroom. While academic achievement is paramount, equally crucial are opportunities for personal growth, artistic expression, and physical well-being. Our role as trustees encompasses not only advocating for rigorous academic standards but also championing a diverse array of extracurricular activities that enrich the lives of our students. 

Looking Ahead 

As we embark on the summer break, I urge each of you to engage in collaborative endeavors with your fellow trustees, both locally and across the state. By pooling our collective wisdom and experiences, we can identify innovative strategies to bolster student performance and enhance the overall educational experience. 

Summer presents an invaluable opportunity for professional development and networking. Let us use this time to participate in workshops, conferences, and seminars, where we can glean insights from experts in the field and exchange ideas with peers facing similar challenges. Together, we can cultivate a culture of continuous improvement within our school districts, propelling them toward excellence. 

At the heart of our efforts lies a commitment to developing world-class educational systems that empower every student to realize their full potential. By working hand in hand with school administrators, we can cultivate an environment conducive to learning, innovation, and growth. It’s through our collective dedication and unwavering resolve that we can pave the way for a brighter future for generations to come. 

As we look to the future, let us remain steadfast in our resolve to champion student success. Let us seize the summer months as an opportunity to redouble our efforts and reaffirm our commitment to excellence. Together, we can shape a future where every child can thrive and succeed. 

Hope you have a wonderful and fruitful summer! 

Photo: Armando Rodriguez, Canutillo ISD board president, speaks at the Canutillo High School graduation ceremony in May 2024.

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Armando Rodriguez
Armando Rodriguez
Canutillo ISD

Rodriguez is serving his fifth term on the Canutillo ISD Board, where his fellow trustees have elected him as president, vice president, and secretary.

Professionally, he is the business development manager of Hellas Construction Inc. Rodriguez has the distinction of being one of the youngest people ever to be elected to office in El Paso County. A graduate of Canutillo High School and The University of Texas at El Paso, Rodriguez is one of the founding members of the Canutillo Alumni Foundation for Education — the only organization specifically designed to award scholarships to Canutillo graduates.

He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and has also served as president of the Mexican American School Boards Association and president of the Far West Texas School Boards Association.

Rodriguez is a Leadership TASB graduate and Master Trustee.