In our ongoing efforts to promote transparency and community engagement, the Higley Unified School District (HUSD) is forming a citizen's committee to seek their expertise and leadership in assisting the district and governing board with critical school funding issues regarding a continuation of the Maintenance & Operations Override and potential Bond election.
With sixteen schools located in Gilbert & Queen Creek, HUSD serves more than 13,500 students in one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Confronted with a growing population and classroom and security needs, school officials are considering an election next year to provide much-needed revenue for school facilities and services.
As part of that, the district is forming a citizen's committee of local leaders and from throughout the community to study this issue and provide recommendations to the Governing Board on how to proceed.
The goal of the citizen's committee is to have thoughtful, public dialogue and provide our Governing Board with a recommendation that helps them make an educated decision on what critical needs should be addressed. Engaging community leaders will help to ensure that concerns from our citizens and voters are both understood and addressed prior to the possible ballot measure being put to a vote.
The citizen's committee will meet regularly from January to March of 2024 to be briefed on key issues such as population growth, school funding, facility needs, technology, and public opinion research. They will also tour our school facilities.
Community members, business leaders, parents, students, and education officials will be invited to participate as part of the effort to represent the broad interests of the entire area.
The meetings will be open to the public and the community is encouraged to follow along and submit questions and comments at email@example.com.
Submissions to be a member of the Citizen's Committee have closed as of Friday, December 1, 2023.
*All citizen committee members are expected to commit to attending each meeting.