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Valley schools’ budget requests on ballot

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:51 pm | Updated: 7:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Voters will be asked to decide the funding for new buildings, smaller classes, tutoring and other classroom initiatives and building improvements in seven East Valley school districts on Tuesday.

• Apache Junction Unified School District seeks a 10 percent maintenance and operation budget override. This would allow the district to exceed state guidelines for spending by up to 10 percent of its annual budget. The additional revenue levied funds 22 positions, including music teachers, physical education teachers and custodians, said district spokeswoman Carol Shepherd.

• Tempe Elementary School District seeks renewal of a kindergarten-through-third-grade budget override, estimated to bring in more than $2.9 million for the next fiscal year. The money funds 40 additional K-3 teachers to reduce class sizes, said spokeswoman Monica Allread. The override also pays for assistance and tutoring for Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards and a district-wide summer school program for K-3 students.

• Tempe Union High School District seeks renewal of the capital outlay override, which would allow the district to exceed its spending by $6 million a year for the next seven years. It’s also expected to fund technology programs for students, furniture, equipment and student transportation vehicles.

A second measure, a 10 percent budget override renewal, is estimated to generate $2.1 million in fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13.

• Gilbert Unified School District asks for the renewal of a budget override, a capital outlay override and for approval of an $82 million bond. The budget override provides the district with $17.6 million a year in extra funds. The capital outlay override provides $8.2 million a year for technology equipment, furniture and fixtures for schools. The bond is to pay for the district’s fifth high school, another elementary school and additional funds for maintenance, renovation of existing schools, purchase or lease of land and purchase of student transportation vehicles.

• Queen Creek Unified School District, J.O. Combs Unified School District and Scottsdale Unified School District also have budget override issues on the ballot.

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