BondsState funds for school improvements and building construction has decreased since 2008. Arizona’s “Students FIRST” legislation passed in 1998 to provide funding for district renovation and maintenance projects, however this state funding was greatly cut. Voters can approve bond dollars to provide specific needs to a district.
Higley Bond HistoryIn 2006, the Higley Unified School District Governing Board called for a $120 million bond measure. Voters approved the measure, but due to declining home values during the Recession, state statute limited the amount of bonds the district could sell. Though the district had voter approval to do so, it was unable to sell and access about $70 million in funding.
In 2013, following passage of a bill that allowed for an increase in bonding capacity, the Higley Unified School District Governing Board called for a $70 million bond measure.
Voters approved the measure to provide the following:
- New school construction (including furniture and equipment)
- New buildings for existing school sites
- Land for new schools
- Technology upgrades and improvements
- Maintenance, repair and improvements at existing schools
- Pupil transportation
Since then, funds have been used to:
The last bonds were sold in 2016.
- Build Bridges Elementary
- Build classroom addition at Williams Field High School
- Repair and maintain existing schools (painting, new flooring, fence repairs, etc.)
- Remodel all elementary and high school front offices to increase safety and security
- Purchase new marquees
- Update technology
- Purchase Buses
- Purchase land for new school
Major bond projects
- Front office renovations – completed 2015
- Bridges Elementary School – completed 2016
- Higley High Painting – completed 2016
- Williams Field High School classroom addition – completed 2017
- Purchased new land for future school site - completed 2017
- Higley High artificial turf field - completed 2019