• Maintenance & Operations Overrides 

    Higley Unified School District currently (FY19) operates under a 15 percent M&O override approved by voters in 2015. This provides the district a budget 15 percent over the state Revenue Control Limit for a set amount of time. Per state statute, the override is fully in place for five years: FY17 (2016/17 school year), FY18 (2017/2018), FY19 (2018/19), FY20 (2019/2020) & FY21 (2020/21). At that time, without renewal, the override funds will reduce by 1/3 a year until it is eliminated.

    Higley Maintenance & Operations Recent History

    In 2013 and 2012, the Higley Unified School District Governing Board called for a 10 percent Maintenance and Operations (M&O) override renewal. Previous overrides were approved in 2003 and 2008. Voters did not approve renewal in 2012 or 2013, resulting in cuts to the district budget in FY15 (2014/2015 school year) and FY16 (2015/2016).

    The district experienced several reductions with the loss of funding, including:

    • Administration reduction
    • Accelerated Reader eliminated
    • Bus Maintenance Employee eliminated
    • Furlough Day for all staff
    • Lunch aide eliminations
    • Reduced Media Specialists from 10 to 3 and 2 of the 3 were reclassified as aides
    • Gifted teacher reduction by 3.5 FTE
    • Reduced bus route for H.S.

    In 2015, the Higley Unified School District Governing Board called for a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations (M&O) override.

    Voters approved the measure for funding the following:

    • Increase teacher compensation
    • Maintain and improve elementary specials such as arts, music and physical education, and district athletics and arts
    • Provide staffing to reduce average class sizes
    • Support gifted, special education and all day kindergarten
    • Provide education resources to classrooms

    Since then, funding has been used to:

    • Increase in the number of teaching staff (FTEs)
    • Maintain all-day kindergarten
    • Provide a 3.5% salary increase for all staff (16-17)
    • Continue funding salary increase to staff 
    • Implement Longevity Stipends
    • Provide resources for classrooms
    • Increase some salary schedules following market analysis
    • Sustained Art, Music, Band and PE at the elementary level
    • Reinstate additional money for Subs
    • Reinstate lunch aides
    • Reinstate Bus Route
    • Purchase new K-12 English Language Arts curriculum (2017) and new K-12 Math curriculum (2018)