Why did Peoria Unified choose to add a critical needs bond election to the November ballot?

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At the recommendation of district leaders and citizens who met conducted research, the Governing Board voted to include a $125 million critical needs bond at the May 28 Governing Board meeting. The critical needs bond will be used to address maintenance needed to ensure the safety and proper function of aging buildings and buses. There is also exponential growth happening in the northern portion of the Peoria Unified School District and the bond includes the ability to purchase land that could be used for a new high school in the northern portion of the district to accommodate growth.