Hats off to Terrific Teachers

Message from the Superintendent Dear Canutillo Community,

Canutillo ISD this week received an amazing email. It’s one of those letters that truly make your entire day. That email from the Texas Education Agency let us know that our submission to become a Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) school district had been accepted.

Now, that may seem like it’s just another program the state has designed to reward school districts for one thing or another. But in reality, TIA has immense implications – especially for our outstanding teachers. You see, TIA is a program that rewards qualifying, high-performing teachers with cash bonuses. In fact, depending on their performance and qualifications, teachers can earn between $3,000 and $32,000 per year for the next four years.

So you see, this is a big deal.

I am beyond proud to be able to tap into these state resources to reward our high-performing teachers and those educators that have gone above and beyond what is asked of them. We believe there are about 60 teachers in Canutillo that will qualify for a bonus (which will be paid out in August) based on the data we have submitted to the state. That data, of course, has everything to do with growth in student achievement and teacher preparation. We are identifying those teachers that will receive a bonus and we will notify them soon of the exciting news.

Many thanks go out to the Curriculum & Instruction team that worked diligently to get this done. I know I speak for Associate Superintendent Dr. Debra Kerney when I say that the work they did will make a huge difference in the lives of our teachers.

The TIA news is a great way to kick off our intersession and Spring Break. Most of our employees and students will be off the next two weeks on a much-deserved break. Students at Northwest Early College as well as about 1,000 students who need a little help to catch up academically will be with us next week during intersession for classes and tutoring. All of us, including Central Office, will be off the week after that for Spring Break.

We can’t wait to come back rested and ready to take on the rest of the year. Tons of important things to do in the second half of the spring semester: state testing, end-of-year celebrations and – of course – graduations!

Have a great break. See you all in two weeks!

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools