C.I.S.D. Lays Off 26 Teachers
EL PASO- More than two dozen borderland teachers are out of work tonight, the latest victims of budget cuts. The Canutillo School District let go of more than 30 employees tonight during a school board meeting.
It's a move the district says will save them millions of dollars.
26 teachers and about half a dozen support staff are laid off. The Canutillo school board voted 4 to 3 in favor of the cuts.
The school board made the decision after a long closed door debate. An extremely close vote means the 26 teachers can work through the end of the year, but that's it.
All 26 are first year teachers. It's easier for a board to lay off teachers who are still in their probationary period.
Some board members blame the firings on the tight state budget.
"The leadership of this state has place all school districts throughout the state in a very difficult situation. They have shirked their responsibility to provide and make education a priority, provide education for our children. And they've shirked their responsibility to provide those resources," said Board President Sergio Coronado.
These layoffs may not be permanent. Canutillo voters will see a property tax increase proposal on their May 14th ballots.
The increase would add an extra 29 dollars a month per property, and allow the district to rehire all the teachers laid off tonight.