Canutillo Flag Controversy Continues
The Canutillo flag controversy is back in the news. After agreeing to follow color scheme guidelines in a Hunt Communities neighborhood development, the Canutillo Independent School District painted the American flag on the front of the Silvestre Reyes Elementary School. Hunt Communities said CISD would have to paint over the flag because it didn't have the correct number of stars and stripes, the star field and the stripes were broken up by a door and corridor with different colors than the red, white, and blue of the flag, and it looked like the flag was touching the ground.
In a letter to CISD, Hunt offered to paint or hang an American flag that was in line with the U.S. Flag Code, as well as pay for lighting so that the flag would be properly illuminated at all times. They also offered to set up a fund so that the flag would always be properly maintained.
CISD officials talked about the letter at a meeting Monday night. They said the are going to work with their legal team to come up with a resolution in response to the letter from Hunt that would then be discussed at their full board meeting on March 31st.
Both sides messed this up. CISD shouldn't have painted the flag on the school without checking first with Hunt. They signed a contract that said they would follow the color scheme of the neighborhood. Hunt should have released the letter to the media that outlined their concerns with the flag wall without making KFOX 14 do an open records request. Their concerns make sense, and it would have been a better PR move for Hunt Communities.
The best solution is for CISD to get the approval of the flag wall from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, get a petition from residents saying they are okay with waiving the color scheme restrictions, and let Hunt paint the flag on the school. They are being more than generous, and CISD is beginning to look like they are just being difficult and not trying to work on a solution.
We'll continue to keep an eye on this story.