Governing board members for the Kyrene School District approved a recommendation this week that will ask voters to continue its current 15 percent maintenance and operations override this election.

Following in step with the Tempe Union High School District, who last week also voted to place a continuation of its 10 percent override, Kyrene will target voters outside of the school community for its vote.

“We need to have the support of the people outside of just the families in Kyrene,” said board member and president Beth Brizel. “It’s going to be an effort from both districts, if it doesn’t pass, both districts are really going to feel it.”

If voters approve to continue the override, it would mean the district would maintain its current level of funding without any tax increases or extra funds to provide new programs or services.

The override would last for the next seven years, and be phased out by a third the last two years.

“This would be our ability to continue what we’re doing now,” said Dr. David Schauer, superintendent of the Kyrene School District. “Without this funding, we would see increases in class sizes, possible compensation reductions, some of the catastrophic things that can happen when you start losing significant funding.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

 

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