Show Your Support With A Sign!
Show your support for Glendale Union High School District and your local high school by placing a campaign sign in your front yard. This is one of the best ways to show your neighbors that you are supporting the district’s maintenance & operation override. Signs can be picked up this Saturday, October 4, between 8-9 a.m. at 12450 N. 35th Ave., Suite #60 in Phoenix (Cactus & 35th Ave). If you would like a sign delivered to your home, email your name, address, cross streets, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another simple way to show your support is to “LIKE US” on Facebook and change your profile image to the same image used on the Citizens for Quality Education’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CitizensforQualityEducation. Ask your GUHSD network of parents, family, and friends to do the same.
Early ballots will be arriving in mailboxes next week. Your YES vote is vital to the continued success of GUHSD! Thank you for your support.
CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE PRESENTS COMMUNITY RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD
The Glendale Union High School District is currently in the fifth year of a budget override. By state statute, every five years, a special election must be held with a majority vote necessary to approve the continuation of a maintenance and operation (M & O) budget override. This continuation will not increase taxes.
The GUHSD Governing Board authorized a Citizens’ Committee of more than 90 people to review the district’s M & O budget with the two-fold goal of making recommendations on whether or not to call for the election and recommending program cuts or reductions if the override funding is not available next year.
After numerous citizens and community meetings, the recommendation was to call for a special election to renew the override funding, which will not be an increase in taxes. Should the election fail, the committee recommended reductions in the amount of $7.6 million.
In addition to recommending the elimination of educational and extracurricular programs and services, the committee discussed alternative ways to generate revenue to compensate for the shortfall if the override fails. The committee examined such possibilities as charging fees for participation in clubs and athletics, increasing event ticket prices, and increasing student parking prices.
However, the committee also realized that revenue generated from these sources is not significant enough nor are these funds sustainable to offset the need for an override.
After the committee presented their findings to the board, the Glendale Union High School District Governing Board unanimously called for a special election on November 4th for the renewal of the maintenance and operation override.
At the May 21 meeting, GUHSD Governing Board approved the Citizens Committee recommendation to ask our voters to renew the Maintenance and Operation Override in November. Thank you board members!
Now our work begins. Please make sure your GUHSD family and friends are connected with us. We will provide them with timely updates and ways people can get involved to help educate our community about this important issue.
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Representatives from GUHSD have begun meeting with community members and sharing information about the budget and the upcoming Maintenance & Operation (M & O) budget which is up for renewal. Last night’s meeting was held at Apollo and tonight’s meeting will be held at Moon Valley High School (3625 W Cactus Rd, Phoenix) at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the meetings, so please come and share your input with the citizen’s committee.To read a summary of the committee’s first meeting and to view a copy of the presentation, visit http://www.guhsdaz.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=754623&pageId=19892625
Important community meetings regarding the upcoming Maintenance & Operation (M&O) budget override for Glendale Union High School District begin tomorrow night. Join us to learn the facts.
March 10, 6:30 p.m. Apollo High School (Auditorium)
March 11, 6:30 p.m. Moon Valley High School (Auditorium)
March 12, 6:30 p.m. Sunnyslope High School (Auditorium)
Thanks to the hundreds of citizens who gathered recently to study the district’s budget. Attendees learned about the current Maintenance and Operations Override, the needs associated with a Capital Override, and brainstormed alternative revenue generating ideas for the district to consider. Additional community meetings are scheduled for March 10, 11, and 12. Stay connected to our Facebook page for more information.
Please stay informed on what our state leaders are trying to do to our public education system. Be prepared to speak out and act when necessary.
Board members from Glendale Union High School District unanimously approved the formation of a citizen’s committee. The charge of the committee is to review GUHSD’s override funding and district needs.
The committee, made up of parents, community members, teachers, and students from all nine of the district’s schools, is charged to look at three issues. The first charge is to recommend whether the governing board should call or not call for an override renewal election and recommend budget reductions if an election is not held or fails. The second recommendation regarding the need for a capital outlay override election will also be made. The third charge is to investigate revenue generating options outside of override funding.
After the initial group meeting in February, co-chairs of the committee will host additional citizen meetings across the district to gather input from stakeholders. Afterwards, the original committee will reconviene in April to review community input and will make a recommendation to the board in May.
April 2012 - House Bill 2405 must be passed for Glendale Union to be able to continue their bond projects in a timely manner.
The House Bill is currently stuck in the Senate and Steve Pierce will not let this bill come to the floor. There is currently support on the senate floor to pass this bill. In addition, APS is lobbying against the bill.
What does this bill have to do with Glendale Union High School District?
Last fall, the district’s supportive taxpayers authorized Glendale Union High School District to sell $80 million in bonds. The amount of bonds the district can actually sell at this time is limited to 5% of the secondary assessed value of property in our district. Prior to 1999 it was 15%. This low 5% limitation was put into place as part of the Student’s First Legislation that envisioned the State paying for all school construction and major renovations. Due to the unprecedented budget reduction, the State has not been able to fund major renovations and construction which is one reason our community supported our recent bond authorization and many legislators believe that the limitation should be increased.
Based on the current 5% limitation Glendale Union was able to sell $22 million in bonds to finance Phase 1 construction at Greenway and Thunderbird High schools. Phase 1 construction should be complete in the fall. With the current 5% bond capacity, the district will not be able to begin Phase 2 and 3 of the project until 2015 and 2016.
If approved, HB2405 would temporarily increase the district’s bond limitation from 5% to 10% and would allow them to sell additional bonds much earlier to start and complete phases 2 and 3. In addition, it allows them to be able to take advantage of the current low interest rate environment and the very competitive construction market, making our taxpayers dollars stretch farther.
We hope you are able to help us by doing one of all of the following:
-Call the local house and senate representatives
-Have friends, family members, business partners, or anyone you know who directly votes for Steve Pierce to call him and ask him to support the bill (email@example.com 602-926-5584)
-Call the APS corporate office (602-371-7171) and ask them to stop lobbying against the bill. Express our concerns on the stand APS is taking on the bill. Maybe even call the AZ commissioner office (602-542-2237).
-Ask our representatives in the house and senate to not vote on the budget or not support the budget is thte HB2405 is not part of the deal.
-Remind them that HB2405 does not cost the state general funds any money.
-Tell them the bill will assist district’s across the state fix deficiency items and build new spaces with local bond dollars and with no assistance from the state funds.
-If passed, district’s can take advantage of the historic low construction costs and stretch the taxpayers dollars further.
-Passing HB2405 will help to generate approximately $200 million of construction work a year, which would directly affect the state tax revenues.Here are some members for you to contact:
Senator Frank Antenori: firstname.lastname@example.org 602-542-5683
Senator Don Shooter: email@example.com 602-542-4139
Senator Steve Yarbrough: firstname.lastname@example.org 602-542-5863
Representative Heather Carter: email@example.com 602-926-5503
Representative Peggy Judd: firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5836
Representative Doris Goodale: email@example.com 602-926-5408
Representative Amanda Reeve: firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3014
Representative Steve Urie: email@example.com 602-926-4136
Representativve Jeff Dial: firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5550
We only have a few days remaining so contact as many of these people as you are able to asap. Thank you again for your support.
March 2012- While students, faculty and staff members, and administrators were on spring recess, demolition began at both Greenway High School and Thunderbird High School. To promote healthier, safer campuses, older buildings are being torn down to make way for modern classrooms using funds generated by the 2011 bond.
As promised in community letters sent to each Thunderbird and Greenway family, fences and barriers have been erected to ensure a safe construction environment for students.
Construction on this phase of the district’s strategic bond plan will continue through the rest of this school year, with completion of the first building expected by the fall. As always, GUHSD is committed to minimizing distractions from the learning environment and maintaining student safety throughout the construction process.
Visit www.guhsdaz.org for continued updates or for a virtual look at the project log on to www.onsiteview.com. The user name and password for Greenway’s project is Greenway and the user name and password for Thunderbird’s project is Thunderbird.
Thank you again to the community for the continued support of Glendale Union High School District.