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We Need Your Help On HB2405

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 (spierce@azleg.gov  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: fantenori@azleg.gov 602-542-5683

 

Senator Don Shooter: dshooter@azleg.gov 602-542-4139

Senator Steve Yarbrough: syarbrough@azleg.gov 602-542-5863

Representative Heather Carter: hcarter@azleg.gov 602-926-5503

Representative Peggy Judd: pjudd@azleg.gov 602-926-5836

Representative Doris Goodale: dgoodale@azleg.gov 602-926-5408

Representative Amanda Reeve: areeve@azleg.gov 602-926-3014

Representative Steve Urie: surie@azleg.gov 602-926-4136

Representativve Jeff Dial: jdial@azleg.gov 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.



Bond Construction Begins At Greenway and Thunderbird High Schools

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.



Your Front Lawn

You can show your support of Glendale Union High School District and the upcoming bond election by placing a lawn sign in your front yard. This is one of the easiest ways to take action and show support. In an election like this, your neighbors who don’t know specifics about the district or bond inititative look to people like you. A lawn sign shows the neighborhood you support the district, the bond, and the community.

Don’t worry that your house is out of the way, or your street doesn’t get much traffic. You never know who will happen to drive by and see the sign in your front lawn.

Please give Don DeBusk a phone call. He will deliver the sign directly to you. His phone number is 602-418-3250.

We appreciate your continued support.



GUHSD Bond Campaign Kicks Off

Several GUHSD supporters hit the ground running this morning by placing over 550 campaign signs throughout Glendale and Phoenix. This was the first of several planned events to help pass the November 8 bond election.

As part of the citizen’s committee and expressing interest about staying actively involved, we are providing you a list of upcoming activities where we need your help. We are not asking you to do anything unrealistic. The requests are simple and will only take you a few minutes. All we ask is for you to commit to do something with each one.

    Saturday, September 17 – The Annual CFQE Golf Tournament 1:00-4:00 p.m.
WE STILL NEED FOURSOMES and HOLE SPONSORS. Have you signed up yet? Invite a group of friends to join you for a fun day of golf. Would your company sponsor a hole? So you don’t golf? That’s okay. You can still be involved. Pay $25 and join us for dinner afterwards. If you already have plans then forward this email to your friends. Maybe they can golf in your place. Contact Don DeBusk at 602-418-3250 for more information or click here to download the brochure.

    Saturday, September 24- Labeling Postcards  7:30-10:30 a.m.
CFQE has rented Thunderbird High School’s cafeteria where we’ll meet to place address labels on postcards which will then be mailed out to our community. This work is simple, but necessary. We will need many to help out, so bring everyone in your family. The more we have, the quicker we get the job done. Consider inviting you neighbors to join you. What a perfect opportunity to expose them to CFQE. We will be glad to provide them more information about the importance of passing this bond. Please consider finding someone to cover for you if you are unable to join us. Forward this email to your friends. Maybe they can help us too.

    Place a Campaign Sign in your front yard
This is so easy to do, and is one of the best ways to show your support!!! If you live within GUHSD’s boundaries, then you need a sign in your front yard. Simply call Don DeBusk at 602-418-3250 and he will arrange to have a sign delivered to you. Hey, consider asking him to bring you more than one. What a great opportunity to speak to your neighbors about supporting the bond election by asking them to place a sign in their yard to show support.

    Commit to sending an email once a week
Send an email to all your contacts once a week asking them to vote YES on GUHSD’s bond election. Ask them to forward your email on to their contacts. Please include our informative YouTube video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSiGG_HVWqI. This short video provides all the information you need to know about phase III of the district’s bond projects and the reasons to vote YES.
 

                                                    

 

This will take us all working together to pass this election. Please help us spread the word about the importance of voting YES. Early ballots will be mailed out soon, so we can’t wait any longer to help our community understand the importance of this election.

Communicate often. If you have Twitter or Facebook, please consider posting something about the election each week. Talk to your neighbors. Talk to the elementary school parents. Tell them you are voting YES and ask them to join you by talking to their neighbors and voting YES. And please don’t forget to talk to your neighbors who no longer have kids in school, because they still vote and we need to help them understand how their YES vote benefits them.

And last, but certainly not least… we need for you to VOTE. Whether it’s by an early ballot or at the poll, please do not miss the opportunity to VOTE YES for Glendale Union High School District’s bond initiative on November 8.



Citizens for Quality Education Annual Golf Tournament

2011 Annual Golf Tournament

Citizens for Quality Education are gearing up for the Annual Golf Tournament and we need your support.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Coldwater Golf Course
100 N Clubhouse Drive
Avondale, Arizona

Golf Entry Fee (per person)  $100
Guest Dinner (per person)  $25
Tee Box Sponsor  $200
Donation  $350 maximum

For more information, contact Don DeBusk at 602-418-3250

 

 




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