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Override/Bond Election 2019

Important Dates

  • October 7, 2019 - Last Day to Register to Vote
  • November 5, 2019 - Election Day
 
 ​Dysart Governing Board calls for bond election

The Dysart Unified School District Governing Board called for a November 5, 2019 bond election at the May 8 board meeting.
The estimated bond program would be $152 million to fund land for a new high school, construction of two elementary schools, safety and security upgrades, capital improvements at each site, student transportation, and technology.

District capital funds have been cut by nearly $80 million in the last 10 years, and with the funding not restored for an additional four years, that number is expected to grow to $95 million by the end of fiscal year 2022. It has been 13 years since the last voter supported Dysart bond election ($190 million).

Bond funding would support facility improvements such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), roofing, Energy Management System (EMS), and parking lot repairs and replacements. Several sites require fire alarm, plumbing, and electrical upgrades on top of other facility improvements. In addition, each school community would be allocated a specific amount. Each school community would help determine how that allocation is spent on technology, safety and security, and new signature programs for each school.

“At Dysart, we are committed to supporting the long-term vitality of our community,” said Dr. Quinn Kellis, Superintendent. “We look forward to bringing this ballot question to the voters so their voices can be heard.”

Dysart is anticipating a student increase of roughly 1,700 students by 2025, and is planning ahead for new schools to accommodate the growth. Purchasing land for one new high school and constructing two new elementary schools would be funded by the bond.

Dysart currently has 152 school buses, 64 of those being more than 13 years old. Additionally, 21 of 28 activity buses are more than 11 years old.  With 140 square miles to cover and an aging fleet, the cost to maintain the buses has increased. Bond funding would allow the district to purchase new buses, reducing maintenance costs on this taxpayer asset.

The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is 70 cents per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes, which comes to approximately $105 a year for a home with an assessed value of $150,000.
 

Dysart Governing Board calls for override election
 
The Dysart Unified School District Governing Board called for a November 5, 2019 override election at the May 22 board meeting to ask for the continuation of the 15% maintenance and operation override that has been in place since 2000. A continuation of this override would not result in a tax increase.

The 15% override would maintain funding for programs currently serving Dysart students such as Arts, Physical Education and Athletics as well as academic support programs for Math and Reading.  Funding to retain highly qualified teachers and staff, maintain manageable class sizes and offer free all-day Kindergarten for the community would also continue with the override renewal.

“The Dysart district’s focus is on producing educational outcomes that drive economic development, generating a competitive workforce, and protecting the value of the communities and local properties,” said Dr. Quinn Kellis, Superintendent. “A continuation of the override would allow Dysart to maintain many of the programs that are available to our students, such as all-day Kindergarten at no cost, arts, athletic programs and additional math and reading supports.”

Earlier this month, the Board called for a bond election to fund land for a new high school, construction of two elementary schools, safety and security upgrades, capital improvements at each site, student transportation, and technology.

With election costs typically over $100,000, the board felt it would be an efficient use of taxpayer funds to combine the override election with the bond election in order to save on those fees.