Pro, con comments sought for Apache Junction school budget override election pamphlet

Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board President Jeff Cranmer, second from left, and board member Dena Kimble, third from left, pass paperwork to board member Danielle Reynolds at the July 14 board meeting. At far left is AJUSD Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson. (Photo by Wendy Miller)

Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board President Jeff Cranmer, second from left, and board member Dena Kimble, third from left, pass paperwork to board member Danielle Reynolds at the July 14 board meeting. At far left is AJUSD Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson. (Photo by Wendy Miller)

Apache Junction voters have until Aug. 14 to submit “for” and “against” comments to be published in the informational pamphlet for this fall’s special school budget override election.

The Apache Junction Unified School District No. 43 Governing Board at their July 14 meeting voted 4-0 to declare the deadline for submitting arguments for or against the measure as 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

The meeting was held at the school district administrative office, 1575 W. Southern Ave. Board President Jeff Cranmer and members Dena Kimble, Danielle Reynolds and Michael Weaver attended. Vice President Wendy Moore did not attend.

Earlier this year, the board approved holding the special election to ask voters to approve a 15 percent maintenance and operation budget override election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. A similar attempt in the 2014 general election failed.

The total 15 percent budget override amount for the first year of the proposed override is estimated to be $3,566,069 and would be funded in that year by an estimated $.9553 tax rate per $100 of net assessed valuation, according to election information provided to the Independent by school district spokeswoman Dana Hawman.

The Pinal County School Superintendent’s office will be preparing an informational pamphlet that will be mailed to households containing one or more registered electors within the district. Any persons wishing to submit an argument “for” or “against” the proposed 15 percent budget override may do so by mail or in person to the county school superintendent’s office at 75 N. Bailey St., Florence, AZ 85132. Statements must not exceed 200 words, Ms. Hawman said.

An argument must be signed and include the name of the school district, the author’s name, the name of any entity submitting an argument, the author or entity’s address and telephone number, according to the information. The entity and author’s name will be printed in the informational pamphlet.

People with questions may call the county school superintendent’s office at 520-866-6565.

The last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in this election is Monday, Oct. 5. To register online, visit the Pinal County Elections department website.

For more information concerning the special election, visit the Apache Junction school district office or call 480-982-1110.

The board also took action July 14 on these agenda items:

•The board voted 4-0 to hire the following staff members:
Certified: Jamie Kenley, teacher, Cactus Canyon Junior High School; Patrick Perryman, psychologist, Special Services; Craig Shorey, teacher, Apache Junction High School; and Jessica Williams, teacher, Four Peaks Elementary School.
Classified: Arrianna Arrington, custodian, Cactus Canyon; Lisa Cartwright-Harris, receptionist, Cactus Canyon; Maria Manriquez, cafeteria assistant, food service; and Dianna Storms, custodian, Cactus Canyon.
The following were hired as bus drivers in the transportation department: Dawn Church, Jeffrey Dieken, Lillian Dorman, Stacy Germann, Nina Harper, Julia Jenkins, Betty Oberkrom, Melodie Oscay, Nickolas Rose, Lisa Saavedra, Barbara Valencia and Steven West.

•The board also voted 4-0 to approve the following resignations: Matthew Frahm, itinerant technician, technology department; Georgia Lappas, teacher, Four Peaks; Lisa McDonald, secretary to administration, Four Peaks; Linda Miller, para educator, Desert Vista Elementary; and Pamela Nabors, custodian, Transitional Learning Community.

•The board voted 3-1 to approve its meeting schedule for the 2015-16 school year. The approval means the board will continue to meet, unless otherwise indicated, at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the district office. The August meetings will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 and 1 p.m. Aug. 25.
Mr. Cranmer, Ms. Kimble and Ms. Reynolds voted in favor of the proposal; Ms. Weaver voted against it, saying he preferred for all meetings to take place at night so more people could attend.

Meeting notices are posted on the front door of district administrative office and online.

Editor’s note: To read about an effort to place the override on the November ballot, click here.

Reach staff writer Wendy Miller at wmiller@newszap.com

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