Proposed Bonds & Overrides
At the May 24, 2018, Board Meeting the Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution ordering all matters necessary for a $189.2M bond election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The bond, if approved by voters, would keep the bond tax rate at or below $1.60 and fund facility modernization, land purchase and new construction for student growth, technology, arts education, career & technical education and student transportation.
The Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) provided their recommendation to the Governing Board after conducting public meetings and a study of current and future, facility and capital needs. Based on growth, the district’s administration recommended that it include a high school facility as well. With voter approval, the Peoria Unified School District may issue bonds, similar to a mortgage or line of credit, to fund projects that have a useful life longer than five years. The 2018 bond election includes the following:
Facility Modernization and Site Improvements ($83M)
o Restroom remodels and roofing enhancements
o Safety standard implementation for all schools
o Upgrades to elementary performing arts stages and all seven high school performing arts centers
o Additional facility upgrades based on the age of the facility, with the oldest receiving the most funding for maintenance and repairs
o Purchase of land and new construction for one high school
o Construction of a new facility for the Peoria Traditional School
o Replacement of student and staff devices, server and switch replacement, copy machine replacement and an analytic support system
Arts Education ($4.8M)
o Elementary and high school theater, dance, strings, orchestra, visual arts, band and choir equipment
Career & Technical Education ($3.5M)
o Facility upgrades and equipment at all seven district high schools
Student Transportation ($3M)
o Replacement buses and activity buses for student transportation needs
Request for Arguments can be found here.
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