Chandler USD officials give a bond and override update to governing board

Chandler USD district headquarters
Chandler USD district headquarters

Chandler USD district headquarters

The Chandler USD governing board was given an update Oct. 30 on how the district spent money from a 2015 bond and a 15% 2017 override.

Lana Berry, the district's chief financial officer, said the district projects asking voters to approve another override in 2021. Berry said the expenditures the district made since the override was approved and fully funded in the 2018-19 school year match what the district said it would do in the 2017 voter pamphlet. Berry said district expenditures included items that help ensure academic programming remains at the current level; provide competitive salaries; continue science, technology, engineering and math programming as well as athletics and fine arts programs; and promote a "safe and healthy" school environment.

Berry said of the $196 million bond for capital improvement projects approved by voters in 2015, 51% went toward non-administrative construction and improvements, 26% went toward lease payoff, 11% went toward non-administrative furniture and equipment, 9% went toward pupil transportation and the remaining 3% went toward administrative furniture and equipment and construction and improvements to administrative buildings.

Completed projects include phases 2, 3 and 4 at Camille Casteel High School; classroom additions at six schools; 93 buses; renovations at Knox School; marquee upgrades; a sand volleyball complex; sound systems; land for the district's latest elementary school; and more.

Berry said ongoing and future projects using bond dollars include pool renovations; doors at Chandler High School, Hamilton High School and Willis Junior High School; districtwide furniture, technology and equipment; roofs at three schools; fire panels at seven schools; parking lot renovations at Bologna and Knox schools; a running track at Hamilton High School; tennis courts at Camille Casteel High school; and more buses.

Berry also told the governing board she expects the district will see continued growth through the 2027-28 school year and projects peak average daily membership—the method districts use to calculate student population in order to get state funding—at 47,000 students in grades K-12.


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