Election
On April 15, 2015, the Glendale Union High School District's Citizen's Committee made the recommendation that the GUHSD Governing Board call for a bond election in November 2015. The Citizen's Committee's recommendations to the board were reached unanimously, finding that there is a need for both capital equipment and continued facility improvements that the state does not adequately fund. Through community meetings held by the committee (March 24, 25, and 26, 2015) and an online survey sent to stakeholders, the committee found overwhelming community support for moving forward with a bond election. The Citizen's Committee acknowledged the difficulty of the decision and voiced appreciation for the Governing Board's solicitation of input from the community, pledging its support toward the effort of calling for a bond election. The Governing Board thanked the co-chairs and the committee for involvement in the process and for their time and dedication.

The GUHSD Citizen's Committee- comprised of parents, students, teachers, support staff, community members, and administrators - was originally formed by an authorization from the Governing Board on December 4, 2013. The Citizen's Committee's work led to the Governing Board calling for and passing the Maintenance and Operation Override election in 2014. With the recommendation to call for the Maintenance and Operation Override election the committee also recommended that the district not run an election for capital equipment at the same time and also found that there were no alternative revenue sources that would off-set the need for either election.

Citizen’s Committee recommends going for bond

Summary of Meeting Minutes – February 11, 2015

On Feb. 11 Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD) Citizen’s Committee unanimously voted to take forward the need for a bond election to community stakeholders.

The committee reconvened to consider the capital and infrastructure needs across the district and learn how the governor’s proposed budget could impact the district. The meeting considered the specific capital needs of each school.

The committee found that the majority of needs within the district pertain to building maintenance (aging facilities and buildings coupled with the lack of funds to address these problems) and could become safety issues if not resolved.

The governor’s proposed shift in expenditures of 5% from non-classroom to classroom expenditures will affect many school operations since non-classroom expenses include building maintenance, transportation, and other student support services. In addition, non-classroom expenses include salaries for bus drivers, school nurses, counselors, IT personnel, media specialists and others.

Classroom expenditures are defined as costs for teachers, teacher aides, instructional supplies and tuition to private schools.

The committee also reviewed the original charge of the governing board and the difference between a capital override and a bond in regard to the effect on local taxes and election pass rates.

Three neighborhood meetings will be held to gather input and address concerns from community members in regards to the need for a bond election. These will be held at the following times and locations:

March 24 – Sunnyslope High School, 35 W Dunlap, Phoenix (East Conference Room) – 6:30 p.m.
March 25 – Apollo High School, 8045 N 47 Avenue, Glendale (Auditorium) – 6:30 p.m.
March 26 – Moon Valley High School, 3625 W Cactus Road, Phoenix (Auditorium) – 6:30 p.m

* The Citizen’s Committee is made up of representatives from all nine GUHSD schools – parents, community members, students, teachers and administrators. This committee was the original committee that studied the need for and recommended the renewal of the maintenance and operation override that was successfully passed last November.

What are the next steps?

Community Meetings

Three community meetings will be held to gather input and address concerns from community members in regards to the need for a bond election. These will be held at the following times and locations:

March 24 – Sunnyslope High School, 35 W Dunlap, Phoenix – 6:30 p.m.

March 25 – Apollo High School, 8045 N 47 Avenue, Glendale – 6:30 p.m.

March 26 – Moon Valley High School, 3625 W Cactus Road, Phoenix – 6:30 p.m.

The Glendale Union High School District Citizen's Committee would like to hear from you.

The Citizen's Committee is made up of community members, parents, students, teachers, and administrators of the Glendale Union High School District. They have been meeting for the past two years studying the district capital and facility needs and the district’s financial resources available to meet those necessities.

Since 2009, the state has cut 83% of the district's capital funding and 100% of the district's facility funding. These cuts have left the district dependent on bond proceeds to meet its building maintenance and now capital needs.

The Citizens Committee has identified 40 million of facility and building needs and 30 million of capital or equipment needs. Based on its research, the committee recommends that the district seek a 70 million dollar bond authorization from the community.

The Citizen’s Committee is asking for your opinion and input about holding a bond election in November 2015. If approved by voters, bonds would be issued to finance the critical facility and capital needs. It is estimated that property taxes on a home valued at $100,000 would increase $36 per year in order to fund a $70 million bond package.

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