El Paso Co. School Board Worries More Students May Strain Resources

Without more property taxes, Canutillo ISD school board officials say they simply can’t afford to educate the additional students a new development could bring to the district.

By Michael MarksFebruary 16, 2017 7:17 pm|

In Vinton, a village in El Paso County, a developer responsible for building new low-income housing is applying for state tax credits to help cover the cost of construction. Vinton asked the school district, Canutillo ISD, to express support for the development.

El Paso Times education reporter Lindsey Anderson attended a recent school board meeting. She says members are in process of revising a formal resolution opposing the housing development, citing it as a financial drain.

But Anderson says opponents to the resolution propose requesting more funding for public schools from the state rather than shutting out a possible increase in low-income students.

“They say this is sending the wrong message to the thousands of low-income students that Canutillo has already,” Anderson says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

-If there are estimates of how much it would cost to educate these potential new students

-How many new students the development may actually bring to the school district

-What the next steps are for Canutillo ISD in drafting the resolution

Written by Emma Whalen