The School District Redistricting Commission voted Nov. 13 to recommend the Tempe Elementary, Kyrene and Tempe Union School Districts unify into one K-12 district. Their recommendation, approved by a 6-4 vote with three members absent, was sent for approval by Gov. Janet Napolitano Dec. 21. If approved, the idea will appear on the general election ballot for voters to make the final decision in November, 2008. The SDRC has been meeting for over two years, reviewing all current common school districts in the state that are not part of a unified district, and considering combining them into a unified K-12 district. For East Valley schools they proposed two plans: one to combine the three districts into one K-12 district, and one to combine the three districts into two K-12 districts. Each of the three districts sent response letters to the SDRC rejecting both plans, concentrating heavily on foreseen financial difficulties. However, the committee decided to leave the final decision up to voters.

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