Canutillo Teachers Celebrate After Voters Approve TRE


POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 3:56pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:41pm

CANUTILLO – If you've ever come really close to losing your job, but didn't, then you know how teachers in Canutillo must be feeling. Over the weekend, voters approved a measure that allowed dozens of teachers in the Canutillo Independent School District, to keep their jobs.

“I have tears in my eyes because I'm very happy, these are tears of joy,” said Anji Morgan-Thorton, a music teacher in Canutillo.

Over the weekend, voters approved the School Bond and Tax Ratification Election (TRE), for CISD. The tax levy, which raised property taxes by 13 cents, saved dozens of teachers' jobs.

Carlo Amato is a teacher in that school district, he said he feels like a giant weight has been lifted off his shoulders.

“I feel great. Coming to work was nice today...lots of smiles and people congratulating us, and it's nice to feel supported by the students, the parents, and the voters,” said Amato.

Amato also said that voters will not regret their decision to pass the TRE. He has a message for them, too:

“[I want to] ensure them that we are working as hard as we can to ensure that their students are receiving a quality education.”

Morgan-Thornton said that had voters gone the other way, the children ultimately would've been the ones to lose out.

“They're the heart, the life, and the blood of the school,” said Morgan-Thornton.

Teachers are expected to receive new contracts this week, for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year.

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