A STATEMENT FROM THE DISTRICT AS TO WHY
A SPECIAL BOND ELECTION HAS BEEN CALLED
On June 9, 2021, the Governing Board of the District passed and adopted a resolution calling a special bond election to authorize the issuance and sale of not to exceed $95,000,000 principal amount of ad valorem tax bonds of the District in the form of class B general obligation bonds and related matters. District officials conducted a facility needs assessment of all school and facilities to determine and prioritize operational, and student needs for the bond.
The proceeds of the sale of the Bonds will fund:
- Building and renovating school buildings to accommodate for student population growth and improve the learning environment for students, staff, and families
- Providing school buildings with furniture, equipment, and technology to support student growth
- Funding the outright purchase of one of the two leased middle schools and better utilizing the District’s operational budget
- Enhance Safety and Security at school campuses
- Maintaining the 1 to 1 student to device initiative to support student learning
- Replacing aging pupil transportation and white fleet vehicles
Higley Unified School District is one of Arizona’s fastest growing school District’s serving an estimated 12,500 students and covering 24-square-miles of service area including portions of Gilbert and Queen Creek. The District has 9 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools, 2 High Schools, 1 Virtual Academy, and 2 Early Childhood programs. According to recent demographic reports, it is expected that the District will continue to grow over the course of the next 5 years by approximately 3000 students.
While Higley strives to perform routine maintenance on all buildings and systems, age and wear eventually require repair, renovation, and replacement. In addition, starting in the 2008-2009 school year, state funding for the capital needs of school Districts has been greatly reduced. While the State has begun to re-fund capital to schools, the funding levels are based on the amounts set by the Student FIRST law in 1998 and other funding sources intended for major renovation and preventive maintenance of buildings have been eliminated. The District takes fiscal responsibility seriously and to that end, the District will continue to work hard to obtain all funds available from the State (including through the School Facilities Board) to help with the District’s facilities needs. While these State monies help address basic capital needs of the District the funding formula is not sufficient to accommodate the expected growth in the District.