EL PASO, Texas -

The Canutillo Independent School District will offer a second incentive period for early resignation notices to all its certified employees. Any certified employee who notifies the school district of their intent to not return for the 2011-12 school year between Tuesday and April 21 will receive a $500 monetary incentive.

Teachers, administrators and other professional employees were offered a similar incentive in February. Thirteen employees participated in the first incentive program.

Canutillo Superintendent Dr. Damon Murphy said a second round of incentives was necessary given the certain cuts in state funding for public education. The district is expected to lose between $2.6 million and $4.8 million in state funds.

"This incentive could help us save jobs," Murphy said. "With the option on the table of non-renewing and/or terminating certified staff members due to the state cuts, incentivizing voluntary resignations is a smart and logical move. When employees leave on their own accord, the requirement to identify potential layoffs is lessened."

To qualify for the $500 monetary incentive, certified employees must hand-deliver their letters of the Canutillo ISD Human Resources office. The incentive pay will be included in each employee's final paycheck.

Source: Canutillo ISD.