Dear Bobcat Parents/Guardians,Another amazing year for Central High School as we continue to demonstrate progress in the areas of student achievement, cohort graduation rates, college applications/acceptances, and scholarship earnings. Our preliminary AzMerit scores indicate student growth in the areas of English, Math, and Writing. At the time of this writing, all scores are embargoed and official scores will be released to the public in July. However, we are excited about our preliminary data. Our cohort graduation rates continue to increase as demonstrated by the Class of 2016’s percentage mark of 91%. Additionally, our college applications rose to an amazing 99%, and our seniors were awarded over $4 million dollars in scholarship money. These are a few of the amazing accomplishments our students and teachers have garnered with the support of our parents and community. We thank you for your continued support of our learning community.
The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board has called for a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations Budget Override and Bond election for November 7, 2017. The action was taken at the May 4 Governing Board meeting.
The election will be a mailed ballot-only election with ballots mailed to qualified electors residing within the District.
The override asks voters for authorization to continue the current 15 percent override for fiscal year 2018-2019 and six subsequent years. This would be a continuation of the existing override approved by voters in 2013. There would be no additional taxes if the override is approved. The override provides for over 400 teachers and support staff that directly impacts students and student achievement.
The bond would be for $269 million to fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the state. The District annual capital budget has been cut from $21 million to just under $2 million since the Recession. The bulk of the bond would fund maintenance, and renovation of school buildings and technology.