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Governing Board Approves Override Ballot Proposal

Governing Board Approves Override Ballot Proposal

At its meeting on June 25, the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board approved a 5%, seven-year override to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. The board considered 7%, 9% and 15% proposals before approving the 5% proposal. If approved, the override will provide approximately $1.5 million annually beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The override would fund:

·      Up to 22 additional teachers to reduce class sizes and increase academic programs ($1.1 million)

·      Up to three additional support staff ($114,000)

·      Instructional technology ($311,000)

 

Teachers

Twelve of the 22 new teachers would be hired specifically to reduce K-6 class sizes from an average of 27 to 25. Ten would expand K-12 academic programs.  The plan is to hire four (4) elementary specialists to teach art, technology and/or gifted programs; four (4) secondary honors teachers; and two (2) “teachers on special assignment” to work with students and parents on attendance and discipline issues. These projections assume moderate enrollment growth and stable state funding.

 

Support Staff

Twenty-two additional teachers would require some additional support, likely in the form of two custodians and one tech support person.

 

Instructional Technology

Override funds would replace outdated student computer labs and expand blended learning (computer-based plus traditional instruction) at elementary and secondary levels.

 

The additional tax rate is projected to be $65 per $100,000 of assessed property value annually ($5.42 per month). For additional information, visit www.MaricopaUSD.org or contact Superintendent Steve Chestnut at (520) 568-5100 ext. 1004 or schestnut@MUSD20.org.

 

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