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Peoria Unified Governing Board Calls for November 2018 Bond Election

The Peoria Unified School District Governing Board voted 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 high 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

 

Technology ($15M)

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

 

Growth ($79.8)*

o   Purchase of land and new construction for one high school

o   Construction of a new facility for the Peoria Traditional School

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.”

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*Updated to reflect the accurate amount approved by the Governing Board at the May 24 Board Meeting. The original post had a typo and this communication was updated.