The Scottsdale Charros are long-time supporters of Scottsdale schools — because our organization knows that quality schools help us build a quality community.
The Charros are encouraging voters to vote “yes” on both the Scottsdale Unified School District’s bond and override proposals on this election’s ballot.
It’s important to understand that SUSD received approximately $5 million after voters passed Proposition 123 earlier this year. The district’s Governing Board rightfully realized those funds should be used to compensate teachers who were owed “payback” for overdue raises. We believe that was not just the right thing to do, it was the wise thing to do because Prop 123 funds should not be used to underwrite long-term capital expenditures.
The first responsibility of SUSD and citizens of Scottsdale is to make sure our students have a safe environment in which to learn. The bond proposal addresses that issue by providing funding to rebuild eight elementary schools, some of which were built in the 1950s. The bond funds also include much-needed updates for security measures like cameras, gates, doors and fencing.
The override proposal provides students with the learning tools and technology is essential to help them excel academically. That will help them be competitive in the marketplace and lead to more businesses willing to locate here because of the deep talent pool from which they can recruit educated employees to grow their businesses.
The Scottsdale Charros are especially supportive of three facts: 1.) all money approved by voters will remain in SUSD, 2.) more money will be invested in the classroom, and 3.) a Citizens’ Oversight Committee will make sure that any funds voters approve are spent on time and as promised.
You may have heard that the bond and override proposals work together. They share the same objectives: to create a safe and superior academic environment that contributes to building a stronger and more diverse economy — which, in turn, improves our property values and neighborhoods.
Editor’s note: Mr. Robbins is the Executive Director of Scottsdale Charros and a former member of the Scottsdale City Council.