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Could your kid's teacher be out of a job? Voters knock down Sunnyside override

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Could your kid's teacher be out of a job? Voters knock down Sunnyside override

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Nov 6, 2013

 TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Voters rejected a budget override for the Sunnyside Unified School District for the third time and now more than 100 jobs are in jeopardy. 

Several programs could also be cut as the district tries to figure out how to operate while cutting more than $5 million from next year's budget.

The district is not yet sure which programs to cut. 

"Which are the programs that you feel we just cannot touch whatsoever, and which are the programs you hate to lose -- but these you hate to lose even more," board member Eva Carrillo Dong debated. 

One of the programs that may be cut is Ocotillo Early Learning. Parents at the school told Nine On Your Side the early-learning program has been invaluable for their kids and they're worried their education may be compromised if it's cut.

The district said 118 jobs are in jeopardy, including 26 kindergarten teachers, 10 school nurses and 10 security monitors. One security monitor at Ocotillo Elementary said if he loses his job, it's the kids he'll miss the most. 

"We've got the greatest people caring for my kids right now and to tell that that we're going to have to let them go...that's a very difficult thing," Carrillo Dong said. 

Lately the district has been plagued with bad press because of feuding board members and recall eleections. Many who spoke out against the override said they didn't trust the board.

"I think that was the main reason people said no," Carrillo Dong said. 

Now she said the kids stand to lose the most. 

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.