Dysart School District Bone Issue, Question 1 (November 2013)
If approved, this measure would have authorized the Dysart School District to increase its debt by $86.8 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount. The money would have been used to fund a 5-year capital improvement program throughout the district. Repaying the bond debt would have cost taxpayers an estimated increase of $0.49 per $100 dollars of assessed valuation.
The Dysart District Board considered a capital-outlay override, and a district-sponsored charter school option, as an alternative to the bond proposal, but ended up choosing to put the bond question before voters. Board President Traci Sawyer-Sinkbeil said, “This was better received by the board because an override would increase the tax rate by $1.03 for seven years. The bond election would give us the dollars we need with minimal impact on the community.”
- These final, certified results are from the Maricopa County elections office.
Under the 5 year program of improvements that this bond issue would have paid for, the following were some of the key areas of spending:
$18.9 million would have been spent on technology, mostly in the first year. This technology funding would have included:
- new projectors
- new copier scanners
- new servers
- new routers and switches
- transportation department laptops
- microwave radios
- network servers for offices
- student programs, laptops and network upgrades
- WiFi on district buses.
$23.9 million would have been spent on maintenance projects including:
- new roofs
- new floors
- resurfaced parking lots
- mechanical equipment
- new playground equipment
Security and safety:
$3.8 million would have gone to upgrading security and safety features of the district schools including closing open areas in front offices, deemed potentially vulnerable following the December 2012 mass shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
- $1.3 million for digital clocks, portable facilities, maintenance sheds
- $6.5 million for transportation, including bus purchases
- $6.8 million for curriculum materials and program updating
- $980,000 for bleachers at various athletic fields
Superintendent Gail Pletnick had this to say to the District Governing Board concerning the capital improvement bond issue: “That is an investment in the future of the community as well as an investment in terms of students.