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Dysart Governing Board calls for bond election
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Dysart Governing Board calls for bond election
DYSART SCHOOLS - 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.