Yes to Children: Scottsdale Schools needs bond, override dollars

The most important thing for voters to know about the two proposals on the November ballot for the Scottsdale Unified School District is that they work together.

Karen Treon and Cindy Bitcon

Karen Treon and Cindy Bitcon

The bond and capital override proposals combine to put more money in classrooms and improve property values — as well as keeping our students safe, buildings secure and schools excelling academically.

Why is it so critical to pass these two proposals now?

Unfortunately, for the past eight years, the state Legislature failed to fund school building maintenance as required by state law.  SUSD is receiving about $5 million from the recently passed Proposition 123 that the district’s Governing Board is using to give teachers “overdue” pay raises.

That’s not only the right thing to do, it would have been inefficient to use that money for long-term capital expenditures.

When voters pass the bond proposal, there will be no tax rate increase. The primary purpose of this proposal is to provide funding to rebuild eight elementary schools, some of which are over 50 years old. The bond proposal also includes funding to update campuses’ safety and security systems with cameras, gates/doors and fencing.

The capital override proposal provides funding to provide the learning resources that let our students excel academically. It also allows students to take an important step in their journey to become workforce-ready — which will benefit the community’s ability to attract new businesses and more jobs.

The capital override features new classroom technology, curriculum materials and library upgrades, including digital resources. When voters approve the capital override proposal, it will only cost the average homeowner $5/month.

Voters should be pleased to know that once they approve the bond and capital override proposals, all funding will remain in the SUSD and a Citizens’ Oversight Committee, not bureaucrats, will ensure funds are spent on time and as promised.

Editor’s note: Ms. Treon and Ms. Bitcon are co-chairs of the Yes To Children campaign and are both parents of children enrolled in SUSD.

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