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Local school governing boards gain Ahwatukee representation, bond approved for TUHSD while override fails

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:32 am

Results from last night’s election have named new local school district governing board members as well as an approval of the well-known bond initiative for Tempe Union High School District.

In addition to the override failing with voters, which would have given the district a 5 percent increase for school programs, Proposition 204 was also defeated on the state level.

Candidates Michelle Helm, Sandy Lowe and Ahwatukee Foothills’ Moses Sanchez won the three available seats on TUHSD’s board Tuesday with nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning.

Over in the Kyrene Elementary School District, candidates Michelle Hirsch, John King, also of Ahwatukee, and Ross Robb won the three available seats on that school board.

Sanchez came in with 19.8 percent of the vote, putting him in third place.

“I’m exhausted, but I feel great,” said Sanchez of winning his seat. “It’s still not real to me, but I’m humbled by it.”

Sanchez and candidate Dave Wells were neck-and-neck Tuesday night with nearly a 900 vote difference.

Fellow Ahwatukee Foothills resident John King came in second in the Kyrene school board race with 23.4 percent of the vote.

The Tempe Union High School District also approved its $75 million bond by 65.9 percent of voters reported on Wednesday morning. The bond, which was presented to voters through forums and other meetings around the tri-city area, will be used for facility issues and replacement of equipment and systems.

Desert Vista High School is projected to receive $12.6 million from the bond. Mountain Pointe High School is expected to receive $7.38 million.

The district’s override, however, which would directly affect TUHSD’s budget was voted against in a slim percentage of 51.7 percent.

Sanchez spoke about his opinion on why voters opted out of increasing the district’s budget. “It isn’t itemized, and people could have just seen it as ‘giving the school board more money.’” he said.

“And I think people weren’t going to go with both,” Sanchez said of the coupled bond and override requests.

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