Chandler USD asked voters to approve a $290 million bond, the largest-ever bond in the district. District officials said the funds would go toward safety and security updates, the building of a new elementary and high school, modernization of older facilities, buses and more. With 45,927 ballots cast, Chandler USD's bond approval was at 63% in the final tally.
The district broke down what the bond dollars would fund into four main categories: $225.5 million for construction, acquisition, additions and/or improvements to new and existing schools; $25 million for the purchase of air-conditioned buses; $31.75 million for the purchase of technology, furniture, equipment and miscellaneous school furnishings; and $8 million for the construction, acquisition, additions and/or improvements to new and existing administrative facilities including technology, furniture and equipment. Chandler last passed a bond in 2015 for about $196 million.
Mesa Public Schools asked voters to approve a 15% budget maintenance and operations override, also known as a budget increase, to support competitive staff salaries, safety and security updates, and smaller class sizes.
With 75,956 ballots cast, Mesa Public Schools' override approval was at 55% on Nov. 8.
Mesa asked for an additional 5% budget increase this year on top of an existing increase of 10% that has been in place since 1995 for the total of 15%. The budget increase is for the district’s maintenance and operations budget, which covers teacher salaries and programming for students. The total 15% increase would provide $54 million per year for five years, then phase down by one-third each in years six and seven. Voter turnout in Chandler was just over 29% and was just under 28% in Mesa, according to the recorder's office.