The Scottsdale Unified School District bond and capital override have both passed, according to unofficial results.
Initial votes shown by the Maricopa County Recorder’s office state the $229 million bond has passed with 57.2 percent of votes; and the capital override has passed with 54.47 percent of votes.
Those living within the district boundaries voted on a $229 million bond, and an $8.5 million capital override.
A bond is one way the school district can ask the taxpayers to support them above and beyond what the state gives them, and can legally only be used for buildings and buses.
District officials have stated that repairs and price include:
- Eight elementary schools need to be re-built; 56.6 percent
- 22 schools need life cycle improvements; 21.5 percent
- 9 schools need learning environment re-models; 9.2 percent
- Transportation updates in all five learning communities; 2.6 percent
- Security upgrades at every school; 3.3 percent
- Physical education and athletics needs at all five high schools; 6.8 percent
The capital override allows the district to collect taxpayer’s dollars for additional funding and support to pay for items such as books, curriculum, technology, chairs, desks and playground equipment. The last capital override the district ended two years ago.
The override is being earmarked for:
- Curriculum and technology resources;
- Furniture, fixtures and equipment;
- Fine arts, athletics and library programs;
- And playground equipment and safety codes.
The Scottsdale Unified School District operates 30 schools with about 24,000 students, according to the district website.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.