Canutillo Folks Knock on Doors for Education

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POSTED: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 3:10pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 2:53pm

CANUTILLO – The Canutillo Independent School District community was out and about, knocking on doors this morning. All this was to inform citizens about two proposals for the upcoming election.

One is a Tax Ratification Election, or TRE, that would allow the district to raise taxes, in order to offset education cuts.

Damon Murphy is the district's superintendent. He said CISD would face dire consequences if the TRE doesn't get approved.

“We would have to cut even more than that – programs, administrators, instructional aids, bus drivers, mechanics...all our staff would be at risk for layoffs,” said Murphy.

The other initiative on the ballot is a $44 million bond election that would go towards repairing school buildings.

“Our school district is growing, and at the same time, we have some campuses that really need some work. [They're] very much in trouble and need some remediation,” added Murphy.

The superintendent also said that CISD has already been feeling the pinch.

“Last year, we cut 9 percent of our total budget...employees took unpaid furloughs, and this year, the state is going to continue to cut again.”

Sergio Coronado, who serves as president of CISD's board of trustees, said lawmakers in Austin are leading the state in a bad direction.

“We feel that they are not taking a priority in education. It's a really sad day for our state when they're planning to cut...education,” said Coronado.

Until the May 14th election rolls around, Murphy said folks in the area are going to keep at it.

“We're going to do another one next Saturday. We know that as information gets shared, the voter gets to make a more informed decision.”

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