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Vail School District to seek $28M in bonds

June 27, 2014

By Alexis Huicochea, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson



June 27--The Vail School District will be asking voters in November to approve $28 million in bond funds.

The Governing Board voted unanimously to put the item on the ballot at a cost of $41,000.

With campuses filled to capacity and continuous growth in enrollment, the money would be used to build more schools, purchase buses and repair buildings. The funds would also be spent on replacing air conditioners, security cameras, outdated grounds equipment, broken furniture and technology.

The Governing Board has studied the proposed bond election for months, taking into account feedback from site council members, community leaders, and a survey completed by more than 500 community members.

Of those who responded to the survey, 69 percent urged the Board to call for an election, while 21 percent opposed the action.

"After our review and analysis, that additional funding is needed to essentially cover health and safety issues, maintain aging facilities and plan for future growth," said Board Member Claudia Anderson. "It is our duty to present to the voters and have them make the final decision.

"Further, the Board would not need to go to voters for additional monies if our legislature funded schools as required."

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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