The Scottsdale Unified School District will host meetings in each of the district’s learning communities next week and the following week to share factual information with the community about the bond and additional assistance budget override proposals that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
SUSD Chief Financial Officer Daniel O’Brien will be available to answer questions regarding the ballot issues, the district’s budget and how the school funding mechanisms being proposed would work, according to a press release.
The bond election asks voter consideration of up to $229 million in bonds to be issued over a six-year period to rebuild, remodel and refurbish schools, enhance school safety and security, upgrade high school athletic facilities and replace aging school buses.
All 30 SUSD schools would benefit, and the bonds’ issuance would have no tax rate impact, the release stated.
The additional assistance override requests voter consideration of classroom capital improvements of $8.5 million annually, from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2024. The override provides for curriculum materials and school technology, fine arts, athletics and library programs, playground equipment and classroom furniture.
The meetings are:
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Coronado Learning Community: Board Room at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave.
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Chaparral Learning Community: Library, Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave.
- 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 – Arcadia Learning Community: Mt. Olympus, Arcadia High School, 4703 E. Indian School Road
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Saguaro Learning Community: Community Room, Saguaro High school, 6250 N. 82nd Street
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Desert Mountain Learning Community: Room 5121, Desert Mountain High School, 12575 E. Via Linda
For more information on the bond and override proposals, please visit elections.susd.org.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.